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This is the third and final volume in our new and critically acclaimed edition of Saint-Saëns’s complete symphonies, performed by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra under the direction of its principal conductor Marc Soustrot.

“I am very proud to perform and record the music of Camille Saint-Saëns. In France, we do not always give enough credit to our own composers, so this has been a dear project of mine. Balancing Romanticism and academia, Saint-Saëns again proves himself a master of writing the all-important string parts, while the virtuosic woodwind and brass contributions leave the listener bathed in an heroic ambiance. The challenge in this delicate music is finding the optimum balance between slow and fast tempi. It was a great week of rehearsing and recording with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra! Together, I believe we have found a Scandinavian quality in Saint-Saëns’ work, at the hands of a French conductor…”

- Marc Soustrot

  SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - Symphony in F Major, "Urbs Romana" / La Jeunesse d'Hercule / Danse Macabre
Malmö Symphony, Soustrot

Saint-Saëns’s Symphony in F major ‘Urbs Roma’ was his prizewinning entry to a competition organised by the Bordeaux Société Ste Cécile, but the work remained unpublished in the composer’s lifetime. This early work is notable for a masterly final movement which, unusually, comprises a theme and variations. The symphonic poem La Jeunesse d’Hercule is a portrayal of the conflict between pleasure and duty, while the Danse macabre is amongst his most popular orchestral works. The first two volumes of this complete edition of Saint-Saëns’s symphonies can be heard on Naxos 8.573138 and 8.573139.

Listen to an extract from
the 2nd movement of Symphony in F major
“Urbs Roma”

About the Artists

Marc Soustrot is considered a specialist in French orchestral music. Formerly the principal conductor and artistic director of the Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de la Loire, the Beethoven Orchester, Bonn, and Het Brabants Orkest, Eindhoven, he is principal conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and designated principal conductor of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. Marc Soustrot was honoured with the title Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2008.
The Malmö Symphony Orchestra's Naxos recordings of music by the American composer Charles Ives received great acclaim and were named Editor’s Choice/Recording of the month by Gramophone. The orchestra's recordings of Franz Schmidt’s Symphonies and Grieg's Works for Orchestra have been similarly acknowledged by the media. Marc Soustrot has been the orchestra’s principal conductor since the 2011/2012 season.

Previous volumes in the series

Symphonies, Vol. 1

Malmö Symphony, Soustrot

“Soustrot’s exciting and rhythmically sharp reading of Phaéton makes a welcome bonus. This is unquestionably one of the best recordings of the piece, with an especially effective thunderbolt as Zeus hurls the hapless chariot (of the sun) driver from his seat. Attractively natural sonics round out a very promising start to this new series.”

  Listen to an extract from

Symphonies, Vol. 2

C.A. Landström, Malmö Symphony, 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. The second volume of the Saint-Saëns Edition from Malmö maintains what the first promised.”
Pizzicato ★★★★★

  Listen to an extract from
Symphony in A major:
IV Allegro molto - Presto

Other recordings by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Charles IVES (1874-1954)
Orchestral Sets Nos. 1-3

“This Naxos release is a great moment in the history of
recorded music.”
MusicWeb International

Franz SCHMIDT (1874-1939)
Symphony No. 2
Fuga Solemnis

“Franz Schmidt’s Second Symphony is one of his greatest works, and it receives its most convincing recorded performance yet with Vassily Sinaisky.”

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907)
Orchestral Music, Vol. 6
From Holberg's Time
Lyric Suite

“As with previous releases in this series, the performances are outstanding. Engeset lets the music’s romantic pedigree shine through. The sonics are terrific too.”

Charles IVES (1874-1954)
Holidays Symphony (excerpts)
The General Slocum
Overture in G Minor

“Sinclair’s conducting gets everything right: tempos, textures, balances, and colors. The Malmö orchestra plays all of this music with complete confidence, and the sonics are unaffectedly crisp and clean. An essential release for Ives fans.”

Franz SCHMIDT (1874-1939)
Symphony No. 3

“[The 3rd Symphony] here receives a performance of surely prize-winning vitality from Vassily
Sinaisky and his Swedish orchestra as part of their ongoing and consistently impressive cycle of Schmidt symphonies.”
BBC Music Magazine

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907)
Orchestral Music, Vol. 7
Olav Trygvason
Sigurd Jorsalfar (excerpts)

“This is a very beautiful recording. The singers are wonderful, the sound is terrific, and the orchestra is as good as any that has recorded
this music.”
American Record Guide

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