Saint-Saens - Dances and Ballet Music | Naxos 8574463

Saint-Saens - Dances and Ballet Music

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574463

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 11th November 2022

Contents

Works

Saint-Saens, Camille

Etienne Marcel: Ballet Music
Henry VIII
» Ballet-Divertissement (Act 2)
» Entracte (Act 2)
» Marche du Synode (Act 3)
» Prelude
» Tableau 1 (Act 4)
» Tableau 2 (Act 4)
Parysatis
» Airs de ballet
Samson et Dalila, op.47
» Bacchanale
» Danse des pretres (Act 1)

Artists

Residentie Orkest The Hague

Conductor

Jun Markl

Works

Saint-Saens, Camille

Etienne Marcel: Ballet Music
Henry VIII
» Ballet-Divertissement (Act 2)
» Entracte (Act 2)
» Marche du Synode (Act 3)
» Prelude
» Tableau 1 (Act 4)
» Tableau 2 (Act 4)
Parysatis
» Airs de ballet
Samson et Dalila, op.47
» Bacchanale
» Danse des pretres (Act 1)

Artists

Residentie Orkest The Hague

Conductor

Jun Markl

About

This album presents a selection of Saint-SaŽnsís incidental music and music from his operas. From Samson et Dalila Ė the only one of Saint-SaŽnsís operas to remain in the repertory Ė we hear two memorable and adrenalin-fuelled dances including the famous Bacchanale. Henry VIII drew from the composer music of regal solemnity with plenty of colourful scoring, praised by Gounod. The lukewarm reception to …tienne Marcel came as a bitter disappointment to Saint-SaŽns but the customary ballet includes a strong element of delightful 14th-century pastiche. The incidental music to the play Parysatis received tumultuous acclaim at its premiere in 1902 and includes the delightful Airs de ballet flecked by the use of crotales (antique finger-cymbals).

Jun Mšrkl is known for his refined and idiomatic explorations of French orchestral music. His Naxos discography include the 9-disc Debussy set on 8509002, a MusicWeb International nominee for Recording of the Year. International Record Review commented: ĎItís a fascinating and extensive collection that I recommend both to collectors who want to explore some of the rarities and also to anyone wanting to hear Mšrklís impressively plated and imaginatively conducted performances of the major works.í

The album is latest in Mšrklís cycle of Saint-SaŽnsís orchestral works, that started with the Symphonic Poems on Naxos 8573745: ĎJun Mšrkl has led another excellent performance of French music Ö All the performances are taut, vivid, full of energy and colour, and played with enthusiasm.í (American Record Guide)

Succeeding volumes include the Suite algťrienne and Suite in D minor, op.16bis (with cellist Guillermo Pastrana) on Naxos 8573732, and the rarely performed ballet from Ascanio and other overtures (8574033), the latter being an AllMusic.com Editorís Choice: ĎMšrkl delivers so well that the listenerís mind may well conjure dancers cascading across the stage.í Saint-SaŽnsís music for wind ensemble is available on Naxos 8574234.

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