Legal name: Charles-Camille Saint‐Saëns

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Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (French: [ʃaʁlkamij 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 (1886).

Saint-Saëns was a musical prodigy; he made 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 Europe 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 decades around the time of his death.

Saint-Saëns held only one teaching post, at the École de Musique Classique et Religieuse in Paris, and remained there 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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Discography

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YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1997Discover the Classics, Volume 2Various Artists2
1997Creatures in My BackyardKindermusik1
1999The Complete OPERA CollectionVarious Artists1
2002French Orchestral Miniatures 1850-1950 Vol. 1Chamber Philharmonic of Bohemia, Douglas Bostock1
2004Entspannt einschlafen… fit aufwachenVarious Artists1
201240 Meisterwerke der KlassikVarious Artists1
2017Violin ConcertosSibelius, Bruch; Kyung-Wha Chung1
A Day at the BeachChie Nagatani1
Classical SoundsRTÉ National Symphony Orchestra1
Classics For Quiet TimesVarious Artists1
Essentiel ClassiqueVarious Artists1
Flauto - Le più belle pagineJean‐Pierre Rampal1
James Levine's 25th Anniversary Met Opera GalaVarious Artists1
Klassik for KidsVarious Artists1
Mažyliai ir muzikaVarious Artists1
Música Clássica (Drogaria São Paulo)Various Artists1
My Favorite Love SongsLuciano Pavarotti1
Peaceful ClassicsVarious Artists1
The Romantic ViolinVarious Artists1
The Voice of FranceVarious Artists1

Audiobook

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2012Mes plus belles musiques classiques pour les petitsVarious Artists1

Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1988Ballet Music From Grand OperaVarious Artists1
1993Instruments of the Orchestra: StringsVarious Artists1
1994Paul Paray Conducts Dances of DeathDetroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray1
2002Te Deum - Geistliche Gesänge - Sacret ChantsVarious Artists1
2006Creepy ClassicsVarious Artists41
2006Soothing HarpVarious Artists1
2007Mes premières berceusesVarious Artists1
200840 Most Beautiful Spring ClassicsVarious Artists1
2009Dinner Classic: Musik für GeniesserVarious Artists1
2010Best Callas 50Maria Callas1
2012Zeiten des AbschiedsVarious Artists1
2012Classics for RelaxationVarious Artists1
2012Klara 4 Kids - Klara's MuziekdoosVarious Artists1
2014Le mie più belle Melodie Classiche per i più piccini 2Various Artists1
Chillout: 111 Pieces of Classical Music for RelaxationVarious Artists1
Clasicos para la relajaciónVarious Artists1
LBCD - Organ Collection 1Various Artists1
Mes plus belles berceuses classiques et autres musiques douces pour les petitsVarious Artists1
Musiq3 Le Top 50 du ClassiqueVarious Artists1
Musique Classique pour les enfants, vol. 3Various Artists1
The Great Boléro and Other French MasterpiecesVarious Artists1

Demo

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
HSU / Boston Audio Society Test CDBoston Audio Society1

Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2000USKO 55 JAAR!, Lustrumconcert 2000Utrechts Studenten Koor en Orkest, Harold Lenselink1
20032003-10-19: Rats, Bats, & Spiders (Purdue Symphony Orchestra): Long Center, Lafayette, IN, USAPurdue Symphony Orchestra1

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