SAINT-SAENS Complete Symphonies. Bernard Gavoty, Orchestre National de l’ORTF / Jean Martinon. Brilliant Classics 2cds

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Saint-Saens Complete Symphonies Bernard Gavoty Jean Martinon Brilliant Classics 2Cds

SAINT-SAËNS

Complete Symphonies

Bernard Gavoty - organ

Orchestre National de l’ORTF / Jean Martinon

CD 1

Symphony in A

1 I. Poco adagio – Allegro vivace 7’21

2 II. Andantino 9’05

3 III. Scherzo: Vivace 2’52

4 IV. Finale: Allegro molto – Presto 5’48

Symphony No.1 in E flat Op.2

5 I. Adagio – Allegro 8’49

6 II. Marche-Scherzo: Allegretto scherzando 4’31

7 III. Adagio 9’56

8 IV. Finale: Allegro maestoso 7’25

Symphony No.2 in A minor Op.55

9 I. Allegro marcato – Allegro appassionato 7’06

10 II. Adagio 3’56

11 III. Scherzo: Presto 4’24

12 IV. Prestissimo 7’17

Total time 79’05

CD 2

Symphony in F ‘Urbs Roma’

1 I. Largo – Allegro 11’25

2 II. Molto vivace 6’28

3 III. Moderato assai serioso 11’21

4 IV. Poco allegretto – Andante con moto 11’30

Symphony No.3 in C minor Op.78 ‘Organ’

5 I. Adagio – Allegro maestoso – Poco adagio 20’26

6 II. Allegro moderato – Presto – Maestoso – Più allegro 15’51

Total time 77’15

The complete symphonies of Saint-Saëns on 2 CD’s, a most welcome set, as there are remarkably few complete issues on the market. Saint-Saëns’ music, always extremely well crafted, delights in melodic richness (he knew how to compose a catching tune!), colourful orchestration and an exquisite charm and “French esprit”, which make these works highly attractive for a large audience.

Especially Symphony No. 3, for organ and large orchestra, gained immense popularity, not in the least because of the popsong “If I had Words”, written on the melody of the last movement. These performances by French forces under maestro Jean Martinon, still rank among the best recordings of the wonderful works.

One of the most naturally gifted of all composers, the young Camille Saint-Saëns completed the first of his five symphonies when he was just 15 years old. The result – the delightful Symphony in A Major, composed in 1850 – is a work so polished and accomplished that it is hard to imagine that greater maturity would have allowed Saint- Saëns to improve it. The Symphony in E flat, published as his Symphony No.1 and Op.2, followed three years later, a remarkable work in which it is plain to see that the composer had made huge strides.

Both Berlioz and Gounod, who attended the premiere, were bowled over by the assured technique, colourful orchestration, memorable tunes and sense of poise. The Symphony in F – a charming Schumannesque work, which won Saint-Saëns the first prize in a competition – and the Symphony No.2 – a wonderfully wrought composition, full of surprises – followed in 1856 and 1859 respectively. However, the most popular of the five is undoubtedly the Symphony No.3, commonly known as the ‘Organ Symphony’.

This radical work is constructed in two sections, using the Lisztian method of ‘transforming themes’. The huge orchestra, complete with piano four hands, is used to maximum effect, with the organ’s dramatic entry at the start of the final section a moment of thrilling musical drama. While the ‘Organ Symphony’ has deservedly earned a place in the repertoire, Jean Martinon’s insightful and critically acclaimed recordings reveal the earlier symphonies as works of great appeal, worthy of far greater attention than they are normally afforded.

Brilliant Classics 2cds 94360

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