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January 2004

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Saint-Saëns - Le Carnaval des Animaux

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Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - January 2004

Label:

Erato

Catalogue No:

5456032

Discs:

1

Release date:

6th Oct 2003

Barcode:

0724354560323

Length:

62 minutes

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Saint-Saëns - Le Carnaval des Animaux


Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux

(chamber version)

Fantaisie for violin & harp, Op. 124

Romance in F major, Op. 36

Prière for cello & piano, Op. 158

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

(arr. Georges Papin for cello and piano)

Septet in E flat major for piano, trumpet, 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass Op. 65


Renaud Capuçon (violin), Gautier Capuçon (cello), Frank Braley (piano), Michel Dalberto (piano), Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Paul Meyer (clarinet), David Guerrier (trumpet), Marie-Pierre Langlamet (harp), Béatrice Muthelet (viola), Esther Hoppe (violin), Janne Saksala (double bass), Florent Jodelet (percussion)

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Camille Saint-Saens: Le Carnaval des animaux (ed. Durand)

No. 1- Introduction et marche royale du lion [Andante maestoso]

No. 2- Poules et coqs [Allegro moderato]

No. 3- Hémiones (animaux véloces) [Presto furioso]

No. 4- Tortues [Andante maestoso]

No. 5- L'éléphant [Allegro pomposo]

No. 6- Kangourous [Moderato]

No. 7- Aquarium [Andantino]

No. 8- Personnages à longues oreilles [Tempo ad libitum]

No. 9- Le coucou au fond des bois [Andante]

No. 10- Volière [Moderato grazioso]

No. 11- Pianistes [Allegro moderato]

No. 12- Fossiles [Allegro ridicolo]

No. 13- Le cygne [Andantino grazioso]

No. 14- Final [Molto allegro]

Camille Saint-Saens: Fantaisie pour violon et harpe op. 124

Fantaisie pour violon et harpe op. 124

Camille Saint-Saens: Romance pour violoncelle et piano op. 36

Romance pour violoncelle et piano op. 36

Camille Saint-Saens: Prière pour violoncelle et piano op. 158

Prière pour violoncelle et piano op. 158

Camille Saint-Saens, Georges Papin: 'Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix' extract from Samson et Dalila

'Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix' extract from Samson et Dalila

Camille Saint-Saens: Septet in E flat Op. 65

Préambule: allegro moderato

Menuet: Tempo di minuetto moderato

Intermède: andante

Gavotte & Final: allegro non troppo

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“'What hard things,' wrote Saint-Saëns, 'have been said against virtuosity!… The fact must be proclaimed from the house-tops – in art a difficulty overcome is a thing of beauty.' There are many such beauties in Le Carnaval des animaux, and their difficulties aren't for the faint-hearted or the technically challenged, especially where the two pianists are concerned. On this disc not only are the difficulties overcome, but dispatched with tremendous verve and wit.
In the Septet the players rightly refuse to make more of the music than is really there. This light touch allows us to relish Saint-Saëns's professionalism: every part in the texture has its own shape and colour and, if there were compositional difficulties to be overcome, you'd never know. The four shorter pieces on this splendid disc include the delicious Fantaisie for violin and harp, and three arrangements for cello and piano taken from the horn, organ and operatic repertoires.”

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Editor's Choice

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Dvorak: Piano Concerto & The Golden Spinning Wheel

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Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2004

Catalogue No:

8573876302
(8573 87630-2)

Discs:

1

Release date:

13th Feb 2006

Barcode:

0685738763023

Length:

67 minutes

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Dvorak: Piano Concerto & The Golden Spinning Wheel


Dvorak:

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33

The Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109


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Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904): Piano Concerto in G minor Op.33 : I Allegro agitato

Piano Concerto in G minor Op.33 : I Allegro agitato

Antonín Dvorák: Piano Concerto in G minor Op.33

II Andante sostenuto

III Finale - Allegro con fuoco

Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904): The Golden Spinning Wheel Op.109

The Golden Spinning Wheel Op.109

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Straight to the top of the list for this one! Even on its best showings – Richter and Carlos Kleiber, Firkušný under Somogyi – Dvorák's Piano Concerto has never quite managed to cast off its Cinderella rags. With this recording, the ball beckons, and there's no time limit. Granted, Brahms is still securely in the background and the concerto is hardly as pianistic as the best of its concerto-peers but the beauty of this performance is its utter naturalness, Pierre-Laurent Aimard easing around the solo part as if he's been playing it all his life, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt's sympathy for the work is obvious from the start. Together they make the most of the score's drama, giving the lie to Dvorák's supposedly ineffective piano writing. Albrecht Gaud's excellent booklet note credits the longprevalent revision by Vilém Kurz as giving the part 'not only a more effective form' but also the virtue of extra clarity. Yet it appears that the original is used here and redeemed. Richter's clarity and Firkušný's knowing accent remain attractive, but Aimard's combination of intelligence and informality win the day. A magnificent CD.”

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