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“Recording Camille Saint-Saëns' works for cello and orchestra was an exceptional journey into the mind and soul of the composer. The compositions span different stages of his life and show a remarkable musical development, always carried by a strong sense of form and melodic lines of outstanding beauty.

The challenge in the recording sessions with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and maestro Marc Soustrot was to find the right sound for this music – full of energy and rhythmic poise yet at the same time elegant and sophisticated. Their incredible flexibility and attention to detail allowed for very spontaneous music making and an honest and rewarding musical exchange.”

Gabriel Schwabe

SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Cello and Orchestra Works - Cello Concertos Nos. 1, 2 / Suite in D Minor / Romance
Also available with slipcase cover on NaxosDirekt Germany (8.551385)
Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921)
Works for Cello and Orchestra
Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Allegro appassionato • Romance
Suite in D minor • The Swan

Gabriel Schwabe, Cello
Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Marc Soustrot

Composed during a period of social readjustment in post-war France, the First Cello Concerto marked Saint-Saëns’ acceptance as a composer among the establishment, and has long been one of his most admired works. Recognition for the fiendishly technical Second Cello Concerto took longer, although its tranquil central movement contains one of the most sublime melodies Saint-Saëns ever wrote. The supremely famous Le Cygne appears alongside the less well-known Bach-inspired Suite in D minor, and with the inclusion of the Romance this programme contains Saint-Saëns’s complete works for cello and orchestra.

Listen to an extract from Suite in D Minor:
V. Tarentelle

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SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Works for Violin and Orchestra
Works for Violin and Orchestra

Yang, Schwabe, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Soustrot
November release
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Naxos 30th anniversary greeting
About the Artists
Gabriel Schwabe
Gabriel Schwabe has established himself among the leading cellists of his generation. He is a laureate of numerous national and international competitions, including the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann and the Concours Rostropovich in Paris. In 2009 he won the prestigious Pierre Fournier Award in London. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Berlin RSO, and the Adelaide Symphony. Since 2012 he has been artistic director of the chamber music series “Resonanzen” in Siegburg, Germany.
Marc Soustrot
Marc Soustrot is considered a specialist conductor of French orchestral music. Before his appointment to the Malmö Symphony Orchestra [MSO] in 2011, Soustrot was chief conductor and artistic director of Het Brabants Orkest Eindhoven (1996–2006), the Beethoven Orchester Bonn (1995–2003), and the Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de la Loire (1976–1994). He has been chief conductor of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra since the start of the 2015/16 season. His
3-disc cycle of Camille Saint-Saëns’ symphonies with the MSO on Naxos met with great critical acclaim.
Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1925, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra's recordings have received international accolades, including first prize at the Cannes Classical Award and the annual Diapason d’Or awards. Their Charles Ives recordings for Naxos were very well received and were Gramophone's Editor’s Choice & Recording of the Month. In 2013, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Marc Soustrot began recording the complete orchestral works of Camille Saint-Saëns for Naxos.
Gabriel Schwabe's previous release
BRAHMS, J.: Cello Sonatas and Songs
(arr. G. Schwabe and N. Rimmer for cello and piano)

Schwabe • Rimmer

“…energetic and teeming with bravura, the contrapuntal strands well delineated—with a clear recording to boot.”
The Strad

Listen to an extract from
Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor:
I . Allegro non troppo

Saint-Saëns’ Orchestral Music series with the Malmö Symphony and Marc Soustrot
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 • Allegro appassionato

Descharmes • Malmö Symphony Orchestra • Soustrot
“Descharmes is wonderful. He captures to perfection the airy meringue and sweet fillings of Saint-Saëns’s confections, and he dazzles with brilliant technique, lightness of touch, and tonal finesse.”
““Romain Descharmes’s playing has a lot of clarity, it is richly detailed and vivid. He can count on Marc Soustrot’s competent conducting at the helm of the excellent Malmö Symphony.””
Pizzicato ★★★★★
“The performances from Marc Soustrot and the Malmö Symphony are strong and carefully considered, which admirably suits the symphonies”
The Guardian ★★★★
Symphonies • 2
Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ’ • Symphony in A major

Landström • Malmö Symphony Orchestra • Soustrot
“With his conducting, Marc Soustrot creates a lot of electrifying energy, the excellent sound of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra having been perfectly captured by the sound crew.”
Pizzicato ★★★★★
“Honest performances that show off Saint-Saens’s mastery of the orchestra and… an inventiveness that still impresses a century and a half-later.”
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★

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