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Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 3

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 3


Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat major Op. 29

Rapsodie d'Auvergne for piano & orchestra Op. 73

Wedding Cake - Valse-Caprice for piano & strings, Op. 76

Africa - Fantasie for piano & orchestra Op. 89


Romain Descharmes (piano)

Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Marc Soustrot

The Third Piano Concerto has been considered the ‘Cinderella’ among Camille Saint-Saëns’ five works in this genre, but it owes its comparative neglect to an adventurous approach to harmony which caused unrest in the audience at its première. Daring enough in the first movement, the search for tonality in the second was such an extreme experience that it caused unrest in the audience at its première. Saint-Saëns also composed for piano and orchestra in more rhapsodic forms, exploring folk tunes and rhythms from Africa, and revealing his playful side in the charming Wedding Cake Waltz. Volume 1 can be heard on 8.573476.

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Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2


Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 17

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Allegro appassionato for piano & orchestra Op. 70


Romain Descharmes (piano)

Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Marc Soustrot

The sheer attractiveness of Saint-Saëns's music has ensured its immortality in the canon of French romantic composers. Spanning almost four decades, his five piano concertos vary widely in character but offer some of his most exciting if unorthodox creations, and represent an important evolutionary phase in the French piano concerto. The Piano Concerto No. 1 in D major, widely considered the first by a major French composer, is a youthful and exuberant piece, and the virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor is one of Saint-Saëns's most popular and frequently performed works in any genre.

“Money well spend: a young(ish) French pianist (b1980) with a polished technique and an innate affinity with his countryman’s idiom, well recorded, with first-class accompaniment from the genial Marc Soustrot” Gramophone Magazine, June 2017

“Descharmes has a special way with this music that’s really quite liberating” MusicWeb International, 6th June 2017

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Honegger: Jeanne d'Arc au bucher

Honegger: Jeanne d'Arc au bucher


Marion Cotillard (Jeanne d’Arc), Xavier Gallais (Frère Dominique), Yann Beuron (Porcus, Héraut I, Le Clerc), Maria Hinojosa (La Vierge), Aude Extrémo (Catherine), Anna Moreno-Lasalle (La mère aux tonneaux), Eric Martin-Bonnet (Une Voix, Héraut II, Paysan), Carles Romero Vidal (Héraut, L’âne, Bedford, Jean de Luxembourg)

Barcelona Symphony & Catalonia National Orchestra, Marc Soustrot

Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, written by the Swiss composer Arthur Honegger in 1938, is a fascinating oratorio. The text by Paul Claudel is constructed like a flashback, in which Joan looks back over her life just before she dies.

The actor Marion Cotillard (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and La Vie en Rose) plays Joan with an overwhelming intensity and sincerity. The last moments of the martyr’s life, illustrated by the evocative and innovative music of Honegger, resound like a heartrending cry.

With an exceptional cast of performers, this live recording offers a gripping new version of one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century music.

Available seperately in two formats – DVD and CD

“The spoken roles are well enough done by Marion Cotillard and Xavier Gallais on this live recording from Barcelona in 2012, but it’s the choral singing, superbly vivid, that provides the real dramatic muscle.” The Guardian, 3rd June 2015 ****

“This imaginative collaboration between Honegger and the poet Paul Claudel, conceived originally for the dancer/actor Ida Rubinstein, is performed here under Marc Soustrot with terrific presence, the work’s ethereal reflectiveness countered by passages of down-to-earth realism in a vivid theatrical experience.” The Telegraph, 13th June 2015 ****

“The music is large-scaled, colourful, eclectic and theatrical, even encompassing satire. Two actors, Marion Cotillard and Xavier Gallais, as Joan and her spiritual guide, Frère Dominique, lead a powerful live performance.” Sunday Times, 7th June 2015

“Cotillard marvellously captures Jeanne's innocence, toughness and terrifying doubts; Gallais is compassionate, tender, and at times tellingly fierce...The impact is immeasurably heightened on DVD by our being able to see both the sorrowing beauty of Gallais's face and the extraordinary way Cotillard's eyes let us know exactly what is going on in Jeanne's mind and soul” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

“Cotillard movingly captures Jeanne's wildly contrasting moods while Xavier Gallas is consoling yet determined in supporting her...Most impressive of all, though, are the searing choral contributions that are convincing in their heartfelt gallic fervour, from an oppressed people, via baying crowd to angelic host.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2015 ***

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Saint-Saëns: Symphonies, Vol. 2

Saint-Saëns: Symphonies, Vol. 2


Saint-Saëns:

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

Symphony in A Major

Le Rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31


Inspired by Liszt, to whose memory the work is dedicated, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 is ground-breaking in its inclusion of organ and piano. For the composer this represented ‘the progress made in modern instrumentation’ and the result is a work both spectacular and grandiose. By contrast the Symphony in A, his first completed symphony, is a youthful piece, fully revealing his admiration for Mozart, whilst Le rouet d’Omphale, dating from the 1870s, is an impressively atmospheric tone poem. Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 are available on 8573138.

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Audiophile Romantic Classics

Audiophile Romantic Classics


Alon Goldstein (piano), Rachel Calin (double bass), Umi Garrett (piano), Carl Adam Landstrom (organ), Asako Tamura (soprano), Mari Fukumoto (organ), Kyoko Yoshida (violin), Mitsutaka Shiraishi (piano), Jie Chen (piano), Jesper Svedberg (cello), Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano), Maasa Nakazawa (piano), Suhrud Athavale (piano), Henning Kraggerud (violin), Yuka Mawaki (violin), Yumi Sato (piano), Boris Giltburg (piano), Han Chen (piano)

Fine Arts Quartet, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Lyon National Orchestra, Det Norske Kammerorkester, Tromso Chamber Orchestra, Marc Soustrot, Leonard Slatkin, Carolyn Kuan

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Bizet: Symphony in C

Bizet: Symphony in C


Bizet:

Symphony in C

Carmen Suite No. 1

L'Arlesienne Suites 1 & 2


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Banda Francaise

Banda Francaise


Adam:

La Poupée de Nuremberg : Overture

Si j'étais roi - Overture

Berlioz:

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Rákóczi March

Les Troyens: Chœur No. 1

Bizet:

Carmen (highlights)

L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2: IV. Farandole

Boieldieu:

La Dame blanche : Overture

Halévy:

La Juive: Marche funèbre

Meyerbeer:

Le prophète: Coronation March

Le prophète: Premiere Marche aux Flambeaux


Stuttgart State Orchestra, Marc Soustrot

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Saint-Saëns: Symphonies, Vol. 3

Saint-Saëns: Symphonies, Vol. 3


Saint-Saëns:

Symphonie en fa Urbs Roma

La jeunesse d'Hercule, Op. 50

Danse macabre, Op. 40


Marika Fältskogh (violin)

Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Marc Soustrot

Saint-Saëns’s Symphony in F major ‘Urbs Roma’ was his prize-winning entry to a competition organized by the Bordeaux Société Ste Cécile, but the work remained unpublished in the composer’s lifetime. This early work is notable for a masterly final movement which, unusually, comprises a theme and variations.

The symphonic poem La Jeunesse d’Hercule is a portrayal of the conflict between pleasure and duty, while the Danse macabre is amongst his most popular orchestral works.

This third volume rounds off our new edition of Saint-Saëns’s complete Symphonies, the first two volumes of which having received wide critical acclaim. Volume 2 (8573139) with the famous ‘Organ’ Symphony (No.3) is equal to the toughest competition, with MusicWeb International “immensely impressed by Soustrot’s reading… played beautifully by the Malmö orchestra. Soustrot creates a sense of expectancy that keeps you on the edge of your seat… excellent orchestral playing throughout.” ClassicsToday.com felt that the “second volume in Naxos’ ongoing Saint-Saëns symphony cycle is as good as the first” (8.573138).

With some of the best recordings available of Saint-Saëns’s less frequently performed and recorded symphonies and orchestral works, this is now an assured market leader in a very popular field.

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Honegger: Jeanne d'Arc au bucher

Honegger: Jeanne d'Arc au bucher


Marion Cotillard (Jeanne d’Arc), Xavier Gallais (Frère Dominique), Yann Beuron (Porcus, Héraut I, Le Clerc), Maria Hinojosa (La Vierge), Aude Extrémo (Catherine), Anna Moreno-Lasalle (La mère aux tonneaux), Eric Martin-Bonnet (Une Voix, Héraut II, Paysan), Carles Romero Vidal (Héraut, L’âne, Bedford, Jean de Luxembourg)

Barcelona Symphony & Catalonia National Orchestra, Marc Soustrot

Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, written by the Swiss composer Arthur Honegger in 1938, is a fascinating oratorio. The text by Paul Claudel is constructed like a flashback, in which Joan looks back over her life just before she dies.

The actor Marion Cotillard (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and La Vie en Rose) plays Joan with an overwhelming intensity and sincerity. The last moments of the martyr’s life, illustrated by the evocative and innovative music of Honegger, resound like a heartrending cry.

With an exceptional cast of performers, this live recording offers a gripping new version of one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century music.

Available seperately in two formats – DVD and CD

“Cotillard movingly captures Jeanne's wildly contrasting moods while Xavier Gallas is consoling yet determined in supporting her...Most impressive of all, though, are the searing choral contributions that are convincing in their heartfelt gallic fervour, from an oppressed people, via baying crowd to angelic host.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2015 ***

“Marion Cotillard's Jeanne and Xavier Gallais's Dominique are probably as good as it gets. Cotillard marvellously captures Jeanne's innocence, toughness and terrifying doubts; Gallais is compassionate, tender, and at times tellingly fierce.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

“The music is large-scaled, colourful, eclectic and theatrical, even encompassing satire. Two actors, Marion Cotillard and Xavier Gallais, as Joan and her spiritual guide, Frère Dominique, lead a powerful live performance.” Sunday Times, 7th June 2015

“The spoken roles are well enough done by Marion Cotillard and Xavier Gallais on this live recording from Barcelona in 2012, but it’s the choral singing, superbly vivid, that provides the real dramatic muscle.” The Guardian, 3rd June 2015 ****

“This imaginative collaboration between Honegger and the poet Paul Claudel, conceived originally for the dancer/actor Ida Rubinstein, is performed here under Marc Soustrot with terrific presence, the work’s ethereal reflectiveness countered by passages of down-to-earth realism in a vivid theatrical experience.” The Telegraph, 13th June 2015 ****

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Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 & Symphony in A Major

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 & Symphony in A Major


Saint-Saëns:

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

Carl Adam Landstrom (organ)

Symphony in A Major

Le Rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31


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