Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (French: [ʃaʁl kamij sɛ̃sɑ̃s]; 9 October 1835 – 16 December 1921) was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. His best-known works include Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (1863), the Second Piano Concerto (1868), the First Cello Concerto (1872), Danse macabre (1874), the opera Samson and Delilah (1877), the Third Violin Concerto (1880), the Third ("Organ") Symphony (1886) and The Carnival of the Animals (1887).

Saint-Saëns was a musical prodigy, making his concert debut at the age of ten. After studying at the Paris Conservatoire he followed a conventional career as a church organist, first at Saint-Merri, Paris and, from 1858, La Madeleine, the official church of the French Empire. After leaving the post twenty years later, he was a successful freelance pianist and composer, in demand in France, mainland Europe, Britain, and the Americas.

As a young man, Saint-Saëns was enthusiastic for the most modern music of the day, particularly that of Schumann, Liszt and Wagner, although his own compositions were generally within a conventional classical tradition. He was a scholar of musical history, and remained committed to the structures worked out by earlier French composers. This brought him into conflict in his later years with composers of the impressionist and dodecaphonic schools of music; although there were neoclassical elements in his music, foreshadowing works by Stravinsky and Les Six, he was often regarded as a reactionary in the years before and after his death.

Saint-Saëns held only one teaching post, at the École de Musique Classique et Religieuse in Paris, and he remained in it for less than five years. It was nevertheless important in the development of French music: his students included Gabriel Fauré, among whose own later pupils was Maurice Ravel. Both of them were strongly influenced by Saint-Saëns, whom they revered as a genius.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf / Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals Sergey Prokofiev, Camille Saint‐Saëns; Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm, Hermione Gingold 2
1976 Saint‐Saëns: Violin Concerto no. 3 / Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto no. 5 Saint‐Saëns, Vieuxtemps; Kyng-Wha Chung, London Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Foster 2
1976 Сен-Санс: Концерт но. 2 для фортепиано с оркестром соль минор, соч. 22 / Шуман: Карнавал, соч. 9 К. Сен-Санс, Р. Шуман; Григорий Соколов 1
1978 Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4 / Saint‐Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 Rachmaninoff, Saint‐Saëns; Earl Wild 1
1978 Saint-Saëns: Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso / Chausson: Poeme / Saint-Saëns: Havanaise / Ravel: Tzigane Saint‐Saëns, Chausson, Ravel; Kyung-Wha Chung, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit 1
1980 Symphony no. 3 "Organ" Saint‐Saëns; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, Michael Murray 1
1981 Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole / Saint‐Saëns: Violin Concerto no. 1 Lalo, Saint‐Saëns; Kyung Wha Chung, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit 1
1981 Sibelius: Violin Concerto / Saint-Saëns: Rondo Capriccioso Jean Sibelius, Camille Saint‐Saëns; Dylana Jenson, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 2
1982 Piano Concerto no. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Saint‐Saëns, Rachmaninoff; Bella Davidovich, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, Neeme Järvi 1
1982 Symphonie no. 3 "Organ" Camille Saint‐Saëns; Pierre Cochereau, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 3
1982 Symphony No. 3 "Organ" Saint-Saëns; Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit, Peter Hurford 2
1984 Pavane / L’Apprenti sorcier / Danse macabre / Marche hongroise / Joyeuse marche / Prélude à L’Après-midi d’un faune Debussy, Ravel, Dukas, Saint-Saëns; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1985 Klaviertrios (Münchner Klaviertrio feat. violin: Ilona Then-Bergh, cello: Gerhard Zank, piano: Carl-Heinz März) Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1985 Symphony no. 3 "Organ Symphony" Camille Saint‐Saëns; San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart, Jean Guillou 1
1986 Carnaval des animaux Saint-Saëns; London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit, Cristina Ortiz, Pascal Rogé 1
1986 Piano Concertos nos. 1-5 Camille Saint‐Saëns; Charles Dutoit, Pascal Rogé 2
1986 Symphony No. 3 "Organ" (Bern Symphony Orchestra, solo organ: Daniel Chorzempa, conductor: Peter Maag) Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1986 Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations / Offenbach & Saint-Saens: Cello Concertos Tchaikovsky, Offenbach, Saint‐Saëns; Ofra Harnoy 1
1987 Saint-Saëns: Les 5 Concertos pour Piano Camille Saint‐Saëns; Aldo Ciccolini & Serge Baudo 3
1987 Saint-Saëns: Piano Trio no. 2 / Ravel: Piano Trio Saint-Saëns, Ravel; The Arden Trio 1
1987 Saint-Saens: Weihnachtsoratorium / Mendelssohn: "Vom Himmel hoch" (Dresdner Kreuzchor & Dresdner Philharmonie feat. conductor: Martin Flämig) Saint-Saëns / Mendelssohn 1
1988 Symphony no. 3 "Organ" Saint-Saëns; Imrich Szabo, CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), Stephen Gunzenhauser 1
1988 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto / Saint-Saëns: Havanaise / Introduction and Rondo capriccioso / Massenet: Meditation from 'Thais' Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Massenet; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, New York Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1988 Symphonie Espagnole / Violin Concerto no. 3 in B minor Édouard Lalo / Camille Saint‐Saëns; Aaron Rosand, Southwest German Radio Orchestra, Baden-Baden, Tibor Szőke 1
1988 Works for Piano and Orchestra (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Enrique Bátiz, piano: Jorge Federico Osorio) Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Franck 1
1989 Le carnaval des animaux, Septet, Allegro Appassionato & Bagatelles (The Sinfonia da Camera feat. conductor and pianist: Ian Hobson) Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1989 Requiem / Psaume XVIII Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1990 Franck / Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonatas / Ravel: Tzigane Franck, Saint‐Saëns, Ravel; Gil Shaham, Gerhard Oppitz 1
1990 Piano Concertos nos. 2 & 4 Saint-Saëns; Philharmonia Orchestra, James Loughran, İdil Biret 1
1990 Cello Concertos Saint-Saëns, Lalo, Fauré; Gaspar Cassadó, Bamberger Symphony, Jonel Perlea 1
1990 Saint-Saëns / Ravel / Martin Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Martin; Guarneri Trio 1
1990 Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux / Poulenc: Concerto pour 2 pianos et orchestre Saint-Saëns, Poulenc; Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Marek Janowski, Güher & Süher Pekinel 1
1991 Symphony No. 3 "Organ" / Le Carnaval des animaux Saint-Saëns; Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit 2
1991 Airs Bohemiens Pablo de Sarasate, Niccolò Paganini, Camille Saint‐Saëns; Itzhak Perlman 2
1991 Carnival of the Animals / Organ Symphony Saint-Saëns; Yo‐Yo Ma, E. Power Biggs 3
1991 Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole / Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 5 / Saint-Saëns: Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso Lalo, Vieuxtemps, Saint‐Saëns; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta, Shlomo Mintz 1
1991 Poème Chausson, Massenet, Saint-Saëns, Ravel; Joshua Bell, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton 1
1991 Saint-Saëns: Chamber Music Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1991 Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 / Lalo: Symphonie espagnole Saint-Saëns, Lalo, Chausson; Joshua Bell 1
1992 Samson et Dalila (Orchestre de Paris and Chœur de l'Orchestre de Paris feat. conductor: Daniel Barenboim, vocals: Pierre Thau, Michel Hubert, Constantin Zaharia, Renato Bruson, Robert Lloyd, Placido Domingo, Yelena Obraztsova, Gerard Friedmann) Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1992 Saint-Saëns - Fantasies Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1992 2 Violin Sonatas Saint-Saëns; Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Jacques Rouvier 1
1993 Saint-Saëns: Symphony no. 3 / Debussy: La Mer / Ibert: Escales Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Ibert; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch, Berj Zamkochian 2
1993 Saint‐Saëns: Symphonie no. 3 / Messiaen: L'Ascension Saint-Saëns, Messiaen; Orchestre de l’Opéra Bastille, Myung-Whun Chung 2
1993 Cello Concerto no. 1 / Sonata no. 1 / Romances Saint-Saëns; London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, Steven Isserlis, Pascal Devoyon 1
1993 Piano Trios Maurice Ravel, Cécile Chaminade, Camille Saint‐Saëns; The Rembrandt Trio 1
1993 Samson et Dalila (Highlights) Camille Saint‐Saëns; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sir Colin Davis 1
1993 Violin Sonata No. 1 / Violin Sonata / Violin Sonata No. 1 Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint‐Saëns; Chee-Yun, 江口玲 1
1994 Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf / Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals / Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (narrated by Melissa Joan Hart as Clarissa) Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, Britten; Melissa Joan Hart, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa 1
1994 Paganini: Concerto No. 1 in D / Saint-Saens Paganini, Saint-Saëns; Sarah Chang, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch 1

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