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Celebrated as one of the most successful and gifted composers of his day, Saint-Saëns wrote music for woodwind instruments throughout his long career. This recording presents music from his early days as the ‘bright young thing’ on the Parisian music scene to the last year of his life.
Canada’s renowned National Arts Centre Wind Quintet joins Stéphane Lemelin, a laureate of the Robert Casadesus International Competition, to interpret these assured and beautiful works which combine virtuosity, gentle wit and thoroughly French charm.
Camille Saint-Saens: Caprice sur des airs danois et russes, Op. 79
Caprice sur des airs danois et russes, Op. 79
Camille Saint-Saens: Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op. 167
II. Allegro animato
IV. Molto allegro
Camille Saint-Saens: Oboe Sonata in D major, Op. 166
II. Ad libitum - Allegretto
III. Molto allegro
Camille Saint-Saens: Bassoon Sonata in G major, Op. 168
I. Allegretto moderato
II. Allegro scherzando
III. Adagio - Allegro moderato
Camille Saint-Saens: Romance in E major, Op. 67 (arr. for horn and piano)
Romance in E major, Op. 67 (arr. for horn and piano)
Camille Saint-Saens: Tarentelle, Op. 6
Tarantelle, Op. 6
“...performances that encapsulate the Gallic charm and finesse of the music. At the same time, the Oboe Sonata's mix of the pastoral and the perky is nicely established, as is the blend of warmth and bravura in the Clarinet Sonata...The unifying feature of this programme is the excellently judged piano playing of Stéphane Lemelin, who adds a discerning range of colour and spirit to the performances”
“A very enjoyable release...one graced by virtuoso, characterful and committed playing from the members of Canada's National Arts Centre Wind Quintet, and with some notable teamwork when required. The recording in its clarity and immediacy serves the music and performers admirably.”
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