℗ 2012 Chandos
 

Neeme Järvi conducts Saint-Saëns

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

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Samson et Dalila, Op. 47, Act III  
1
Danse bacchanale. Allegro moderato – Doppio più lento – Tempo I – Di più in più animato
Camille Saint-Saëns; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
6:44
Le Rouet d’Omphale, Op. 31  
2
Poème symphonique. Andantino – Allegro – Meno Mosso – Allegro – Tranquillo e scherzando
Camille Saint-Saëns; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
7:51
Phaëton, Op. 39  
3
Poème symphonique Maestoso – Allegro animato – Le double plus lent
Camille Saint-Saëns; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
8:21
Danse macabre, Op. 40  
4
Poème symphonique. Mouvement modéré de Valse – Animato – Tempo I
Camille Saint-Saëns; Maya Iwabuchi; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
6:36
La Jeunesse d’Hercule, Op. 50  
5
Poème symphonique. Andante sostenuto – Allegro moderato – Andantino – Allegro – Adagio – Andante sostenuto – Poco a poco stringendo – Allegro animato – Animato – Maestoso
Camille Saint-Saëns; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
13:58
Suite algérienne, Op. 60  
6
IV. Marche militaire française. Allegro giocoso
Camille Saint-Saëns; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
4:10
La Princesse jaune Overture (The Yellow Princess), Op. 30  
7
Opéra comique in One Act. Andantino – Un poco più lento – Allegro giocoso
Camille Saint-Saëns; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
5:54
Une nuit à Lisbonne, Op. 63  
8
Barcarolle - Allegretto
Camille Saint-Saëns; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
3:37
Spartacus Overture  
9
Andante sostenuto – Agitato, un poco moderato – Andante sostenuto (Tempo I) – Allegro maestoso – Molto allegro
Camille Saint-Saëns; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
12:56
Marche du couronnement, Op. 117  
10
Moderato e maestoso – Poco più allegro, ma sempre moderato – Poco sostenuto – Pomposo – Largamente – Largamente
Camille Saint-Saëns; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
6:21
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    76:28
"plenty to discover and enjoy!"
- Gramophone

"the performances are first-class in their brio, sympathy and sensitivity, sound is top-drawer (audiophiles will be drooling) and the music consistently skilled (both in invention and scoring), enjoyable and memorable. This is a superb release on every count."
- ClassicalSource.com

"Five Stars. This is pure pleasure... this marvellous disc is a collection of sparkling gems... the RSNO is in top form, with shimmering strings, colourful woodwind and swaggering brass, full of wit, colour and joie de vivre. The recording is also outstanding, sound great in stereo, giving a wonderful natural bloom that is perfect for this effervescent music."
- BBC Music Magazine

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Neeme Järvi present these orchestral works, all dating from the first half of the composing life of Saint-Saëns, with one exception, the Marche du couronnement, written for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902. Of note on this superbly-recorded album is the dramatic symphonic poem Phaëton, written for large orchestra, including contrabassoon, tuba, two harps and three timpanists, bringing with it a pure, raw energy. The programme is rounded out with three other symphonic poems by Saint-Saëns, as well as the Danse bacchanale from Samson et Dalila and the Marche militaire française from Suite algérienne.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

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