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SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Symphonic Poems (Lille National Orchestra, Märkl)

Though Berlioz and, to a lesser extent, Franck wrote symphonic poems, it is Saint-Saëns who has been largely credited with introducing the genre to France. A wide orchestral palette and stirring reserves of drama are used to evoke the youthful audacity and death of Phaéton, the ultimate triumph of virtue over pleasure in La Jeunesse d’Hercule (’The Youth of Hercules’), and Hercules’ punishment, spinning wool while dressed as a woman, for the ‘inadvertent murder’ of one of his guests, in Le Rouet d’Omphale (‘The Spinning Wheel of Omphale’). The ever-popular Danse macabre is a spooky depiction of Death playing a dance on his fiddle on a tomb in a graveyard surrounded by skeletal dancers.


Saint-Saëns, Camille

  Phaéton, Op. 39
1.   Phaéton, Op. 39 00:08:20
  Marche héroïque, Op. 34
2.   Marche héroïque, Op. 34 00:06:45
  La Jeunesse d'Hercule, Op. 50
3.   La Jeunesse d'Hercule, Op. 50 00:15:57
  Le Rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31
4.   Le Rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31 00:08:05
  Sarabande et Rigaudon, Op. 93
5.   Sarabande 00:06:24
6.   Rigaudon 00:02:51
  Danse macabre, Op. 40
7.   Danse macabre, Op. 40 00:07:06

Total Playing Time: 00:55:28






Composer(s):
Saint-Saëns, Camille

Conductor(s):
Märkl, Jun

Orchestra(s):
Lille National Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.573745

Barcode: 747313374571

Physical Release: 12/2017

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