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SAINT-SAENS, C.: Music for Wind Instruments - Sonatas / Romance / Tarantelle (Canada's National Arts Centre Wind Quintet, Lemelin)

Composer(s):Saint-Saëns, Camille
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570964
Label Naxos
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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.


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Light, attractive wind music from Saint-Saens gets fresh treatments!
Review By dc92823,January 2011

This new Naxos disc featuring the members of the Canadian Arts Centre Wind Quintet offers a fresh, clean and very pleasant look at the wind music of Camille Saint-Saens. The booklet notes, by Matthew Swann, correctly point out that Saint-Saens was writing very spare, but lush, Romantic music at the same time that his contemporaries, from Debussy to Schoenberg, were to trying some bold, new things.

Saint-Saens stuck to his ideology and his belief that melody and harmony, in their traditional guises, still had (and have) plenty to offer the composer. The member of the CAC Wind Quintet perform separately and in small groupings on this disc and accompanied with sensitivity by pianist Stephane Lemelin.

The first work on the disc is a charming rarity, the "Caprice more....

Charming chamber works by Saint-Saëns, from various stages of his life
Review By MW91388,February 2011

Saint-Saëns believed his chamber works were some of the most important pieces he composed. The pieces on this disc were all composed at important times in Saint-Saëns' life, creating a contrasting (and interesting) listening experience. The Tarantella for Flute, Clarinet and Piano, the earliest work on the CD, was written when the composer was 22, and was inspired by a recent trip to Italy. Youthful and energetically melodic.

The Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Piano and the Romance (arranged for horn and piano) were both written at the height of Saint-Saëns' career, during the time he wrote the Symphony No. 3 'Organ' and the Carnival of the Animals. These two pieces are more virtuosic; the first one is colorful, and each instrument is more....



Review By V. Vasan, Allmusic.com,March 2011

Stephane Lemelin and ensemble prove that an album of wind instruments is fresh, lively, and exciting. This album of all Saint-Saëns music includes ensemble pieces as well as pieces that beautifully showcase each instrument; this shows that careful attention was paid to the selection and order of repertoire. The ensemble pieces are exciting, with a wall of sound where each instrument holds equal weight. Even the piano, playful and sparkling, is its own personality, but it never outplays the winds. Each of the musicians, from the clarinet to the bassoon, has excellent technique. One quickly gets the impression that these musicians are at the top of their game; they know how to play a Caprice just as well as they know how to play an Adagio, with excellent timing, phrasing, and

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