Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 "Egyptian"

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Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 "Egyptian"
Romain Descharmes (piano) / Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Marc Soustrot

[ Naxos / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 20 April 2018

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Saint-Saëns's mature creative genius shines throughout these last two piano concertos, looking back over a glorious musical ancestry while at the same time opening the door to new worlds. The Fourth Piano Concerto is prescient of both his great Organ Symphony and the concertos of Rachmaninov, revealing Saint-Saëns at his most inspired and innovative. The Fifth was composed in the Egyptian temple town of Luxor, and displays a rich tapestry of exotic cultural influences from Javanese, Spanish and Middle Eastern music, as well as portrayals of chirping Nile crickets and croaking frogs, and the composer's representation of 'the joy of a sea crossing'. Volumes 1 and 2 can be heard on 8.573476 and 77.

"This is an extremely well-played disc, recorded with good, clear sound." The Art Music Lounge

"Ultimately this complete set of the five piano concertos stands among the best out there, even if everyone will have favorite individual performances. This is an achievement of which everyone can be proud." ClassicsToday June 2018


Piano Concerto No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 44
Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major, Op. 103, "Egyptian"

Piano Concerto No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 44, R. 197: II. Allegro vivace