Legal name: Charles-Camille Saint‐Saëns


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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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, op. 129 / Lalo: Cello Concerto in D minor / Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto in A minor, op. 33 Schumann, Lalo, Saint‐Saëns; János Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Antal Doráti 2
1992 Karneval der Tiere / Phantasy Es-Dur / Orgelsymphonie Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1992 Piano Concertos No. 2 & No. 4 / Cello Concerto No. 1 Saint‐Saëns; Philippe Entremont, Leonard Rose, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 2
1993 Best of Saint-Saëns Camille Saint‐Saëns 2
1993 Symphony No. 3 "Organ" / Carnival of the Animals Camille Saint‐Saëns; Enrique Bátiz 2
1993 Arthur de Greef, Volume 1: Piano Concerto no. 2 in G minor, op. 22 Saint‐Saëns, Grieg, Schumann, Chopin, Prokofiev, Raff, Liszt, Grétry/de Greef; Arthur de Greef 1
1993 L'œuvre pour violon et orchestre Saint‐Saëns; Philharmonia Orchestra, Pierre Dervaux, Ulf Hoelscher 5 2
1993 Prokofiev : Pierre et le loup - Les Contes de la vieille grand-mère / Saint-Saëns : Le Carnaval des animaux Prokofiev, Saint‐Saëns; St. Petersburg Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra, Stanislav Gorkovenko 2
1993 The Classical Collection 20: Saint-Saëns: Orchestral Legends Camille Saint‐Saëns 3
1993 The Royal Edition, Volume 58: Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare Mountain / Dukas: Sorcerer’s Apprentice / Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf / Saint‐Saëns: Carnival of the Animals Mussorgsky, Dukas, Prokofiev, Saint‐Saëns; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 1
1994 The Complete Music for Piano and Orchestra / Chamber and Orchestral Pieces for Various Instruments Saint‐Saëns; Gabriel Tacchino, Louis de Froment, Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg 1
1994 Bizet: Carmen Suite / L'Arlésienne Suite / Jeux d'enfants / Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne / Dukas: L'Apprenti Sorcier / Chabrier / Saint-Saëns Bizet, Offenbach, Dukas, Chabrier, Saint‐Saëns; Munch, Martinon, Ansermet, Solti 1
1994 Dvořák: Symphony no. 9 / Saint-Saëns: Symphony no. 3 Dvořák, Saint‐Saëns; Rudolf Kempe, Louis Frémaux 1
1994 The Best of Saint-Saëns Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1994 The Romantic Album Saint‐Saëns, Lalo, Kreisler; Yo‐Yo Ma 1
1995 Lalo: Symphonie espagnole / Saint‐Saëns: Violin Concerto no. 3 Lalo, Saint‐Saëns; Itzhak Perlman, Orchestre de Paris, Barenboim 3
1995 The Essential Saint-Saëns Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1995 Französische Oboensonaten Saint‐Saëns, Bréville, Poulenc, Dutilleux; Lajos Lencsés, Karl Bergemann 1
1995 Grosse Balletmusiken & Fantasien Prokofiev, Tschaikowsky, Rossini / Respighi, Borodin, Gounod, Verdi, Saint‐Saëns, Wagner 1
1995 Spartacus & pièces de concert Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1995 The Classical Collection 20: Camille Saint-Saëns: Orchestral Legends Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1996 Children's Classics Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1996 Os grandes clássicos: Sinfonia no. 3 / O carnaval dos animais Camille Saint‐Saëns; Orquestra sinfônica de Munique, Alberto Lizzio 1
1996 Saint-Saëns: Violin Concertos 1 & 3 / Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto no. 5 / Chausson: Poème Saint‐Saëns, Vieuxtemps, Chausson; Kyung Wha Chung 2
1997 The Best of Saint-Saëns Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1997 The Heifetz Collection, Volume 22: Showpieces Lalo, Saint‐Saëns, Sarasate, Chausson; Heifetz 1
1997 The Heifetz Collection, Volume 45: Music of France Saint‐Saëns, Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Poulenc; Heifetz 1
1998 Peter & The Wolf / Carnival of the Animals / Young Person's Guide / Jeux d'enfants Prokofiev, Camille Saint‐Saëns; Leopold Stokowski, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Antal Doráti, Basil Rathbone 1
1998 Carnival of the Animals Saint‐Saëns; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenárd, Johnny Morris 3
1998 Berühmte Bauwerke: Violin Concertos nos. 1 & 3 Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1998 Carnaval Des Animaus, Holberg Suite & Pictures at an Exhibition Модест Петрович Мусоргский, Camille Saint‐Saëns & Edvard Grieg 1
1998 Violin Concertos 1 & 3 / Havanaise / Introduction et Rondo capriccioso Saint‐Saëns; Kyung Wha Chung 1
1999 Lalo: Cellokonzert / Saint-Saëns: Cellokonzert / Bruch: Kol Nidrei / Bloch: Schelomo Lalo, Saint‐Saëns, Bruch, Bloch; Pierre Fournier 1
1999 Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini / Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor / Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. conductor: James Levine, organ: Simon Preston) Berlioz / Saint‐Saëns / Dukas 1
2000 Cello Concertos Elgar, Saint‐Saëns; Julian Lloyd Webber 1
2000 Franck: Symphonic Variations / Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto no. 4 / Waltz Etude / Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Franck, Saint‐Saëns, Ravel; Alfred Cortot, Landon Ronald, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Munch, L’Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Paris 1
2000 La Lyre et la Harpe / Le Déluge Camille Saint‐Saëns; Jacques Mercier, Orchestre National d'Île de France 1
2001 Vieuxtemps: Violin Concertos nos. 4 & 5 / Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso / Havanaise / Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen / Waxman: "Carmen" Fantasy Vieuxtemps, Saint‐Saëns, Sarasate, Waxman; Jascha Heifetz, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, RCA Victor Orchestra, John Barbirolli, Malcolm Sargent, Donald Voorhees 1
2001 Works for Violin and Orchestra Khachaturian, Saint‐Saëns, Chausson; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Leonid Kogan, David Oistrakh 1
2001 Der Karneval der Tiere / Konzerte für Klavier Nr. 2 und 4 Saint‐Saëns; Philippe Entremont, Eugene Ormandy 3
2001 Le Carnaval des animaux / Organ Symphony Camille Saint‐Saëns; Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich, Itzhak Perlman 1
2001 The Complete 5 Piano Concertos / Organ Symphony / Carnaval des Animaux Saint‐Saëns 1
2002 Music to Remember: Chabrier, Mozart, Delius, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Berlioz, Massanet Chabrier, Mozart, Delius, Debussy, Saint‐Saëns, Berlioz, Massenet; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2003 Orchestral Works Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint‐Saëns; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
2003 Lalo / Saint-Saëns / Ravel Lalo, Saint‐Saëns, Ravel; Philharmonia Orchestra, Antonio Pappano, Maxim Vengerov 1
2004 Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf / Saint‐Saëns: Carnival of the Animals Prokofiev, Camille Saint‐Saëns; Sir John Gielgud, Academy of London, Richard Stamp 1
2004 Symphony no. 3 "Organ" / Encores à la française Saint‐Saëns; Michael Murray, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 1
2004 William Primrose: The Early Recordings, Violin and Viola Bach, Saint‐Saëns, Kreisler, Chopin, Purcell, Paganini, Tchaikovsky; William Primrose, Isolde Menges, Sidonie Goossens, Gerald Moore 1
2005 Organ Music Camille Saint‐Saëns; Robert Delcamp 1
2005 The Best of Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony, Carnival of the Animals, Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, Havanaise Saint‐Saëns; Kyung Wha Chung, Pascal Rogé, Cristina Ortiz, Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit 1
2005 Concertos and Encores Schumann, Saint‐Saëns; Gregor Piatigorsky 1
2005 "Organ" Symphony / Piano Concerto No. 2 / Havanaise Saint‐Saëns; Louis Frémaux, Cécile Ousset, Simon Rattle 2
2005 Bizet: Symphony in C major, Jeux d'enfants; Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ" Bizet, Saint‐Saëns; Bernard Haitink, Edo de Waart 1
2007 Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Villa-Lobos & Chopin Ludwig van Beethoven, Camille Saint‐Saëns, Heitor Villa‐Lobos, Fryderyk Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti & Rudolf Schwarz 1
2007 Saint-Saëns: Concerto no. 2 / Franck: Symphonic Variations / Liszt: Concerto no. 1 Saint‐Saëns, Franck, Liszt; Rubinstein, Symphony of the Air, Wallenstein 1
2008 Carnival of the Animals / Symphony No. 3 'Organ' / Danse macabre Saint‐Saëns 1
2008 Carnaval des Animaux / Symphony no. 3 Camille Saint‐Saëns; Süddeutsche Philharmonie, Hanspeter Gmür, Münchner Symphoniker, Alberto Lizzio 1
2008 Piano Trios by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Borodin / Piano Quartet by Fauré / Horn Trio by Brahms Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Schumann, Saint‐Saëns, Borodin, Fauré, Brahms; Emil Gilels, Leonid Kogan, Mstislav Rostropovich 1
2010 Grandes compositores da música clássica, Volume 32: Saint-Saëns Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
2010 The Piano Concertos Saint‐Saëns; WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Thomas Sanderling, Anna Malikova 2
2010 Piano Concertos 2, 4 & 5 Camille Saint‐Saëns; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo, Stephen Hough 1
2011 Klarheit und Raffinesse (Clarity and Refinement) Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
2011 The 99 Most Essential Saint-Saëns Masterpieces Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
2012 Great Romantic Symphonies Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Mahler, Bruckner, Saint‐Saëns, Franck, Dvořák, Strauss 1
2012 Great Violin Concertos Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Spohr, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Vieuxtemps, Brahms, Paganini, Saint‐Saëns, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Elgar, Wieniawski, Dvořák, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Prokofiev 1
2013 Le Carnaval des animaux / Concerto pour piano no. 2 / Havanaise / Le Rouet d'Omphale / Danse macabre... Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
2013 Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra, Cello and Orchestra Camille Saint‐Saëns; Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Christian Arming 1
Autumn Cello Classics Bach, Dvořák, Saint‐Saëns 1
Golden Touch Classics Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole / Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto no. 3 Lalo, Saint‐Saëns; Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman 1
Masters of the Millennium: Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
Saint-Saëns: Symphonie avec orgue / Danse macabre / Poulenc: Concerto pour orgue Saint‐Saëns, Poulenc; Orchestre National de l'ORTF, Jean Martinon, Marie‐Claire Alain 1
Symphonie Fantastique / Rakoczy-Marsch / Symphonie No. 3 / Der Karneval der Tiere Hector Berlioz, Camille Saint‐Saëns 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Samson et Dalila Camille Saint‐Saëns; Plácido Domingo, Elena Obraztsova, Robert Lloyd, Chœur de l'Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de Paris & Daniel Barenboim 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Cello Concertos Haydn, Saint‐Saëns, Elgar; Mstislav Rosptropovich, London Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky 1
2007 Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony no. 3 "Organ" / Francis Poulenc: Organ Concerto / Samuel Barber: Toccata Festiva Camille Saint‐Saëns, Francis Poulenc, Samuel Barber; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach, Olivier Latry 1
2014 Ravel: Orchestral Works / Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony Ravel, Saint‐Saëns; Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot 1
Concert 1993 Saint‐Saëns, Gershwin; Svjatoslav Richter, Radio‐Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Christoph Eschenbach 1

Album + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Peter und der Wolf / Karneval der Tiere Elmar Gunsch, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Serge Prokofieff, Saint‐Saëns 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1926 Merry Wives of Windsor: Overture / Danse Macabre Nicolai, Saint‐Saëns; The Cleveland Orchestra, Nikolai Sokoloff 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Saint-Saens: “Wedding Cake” Caprice valse, op. 76 / Litolff: Scherzo from Concerto symphonique, op. 102 Saint‐Saëns, Litolff; Joseph Cooper, Charles Mackerras, Pro Arte Orchestra 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Saint-Saens / Debussy Camille Saint‐Saëns / Claude Debussy 1

Other + Audiobook

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Karneval der Tiere Camille Saint‐Saëns, Roger Willemsen; Anna und Ines Walachowski, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle & Karl-Heinz Zettl 2
2005 Der Karneval der Tiere (Sprecher: Marko Simsa) Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
2008 Der Karneval der Tiere Camille Saint‐Saëns; Peter Ustinov, Münchener Kammerorchester, Karl Anton Rickenbacher 1
Peter und der Wolf / Der Karneval der Tiere / Nussknacker Suite Prokofiev, Saint‐Saëns, Tschaikowsky; Marián Lapšanský, Peter Toperczer, Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenárd, Annemarie Susemihl 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1954 Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso / Havanaise Saint‐Saëns; Campoli (violin) with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anatole Fistoulari 5 1
1961 Ansermet Favourites Saint‐Saëns, Chabrier, Ravel; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet 1
1972 Préludes et Fugues (intégrale) Saint‐Saëns; Odile Pierre 1
1975 Le Carnaval des Animaux Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
1982 Concertos pour piano 2 et 4 Camille Saint‐Saëns; François‐René Duchâble, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, Alain Lombard 1
1989 Saint-Saëns: Études op. 52 / Dukas, Sonate Camille Saint‐Saëns, Paul Dukas; François‐René Duchâble 1
2008 Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 / Franck Symphony in D Minor Saint‐Saëns / Franck 1
2015 Symphony no. 3 "Organ" / Symphony in A major Saint‐Saëns; Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Marc Soustrot 1
Cello Concertos Antonín Dvořák, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré; Maurice Gendron, Bernard Haitink, Roberto Benzi 1
Le Carnaval des Animaux Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
Le Carnaval des animaux et autres Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
Masters of the Roll: Rare Original Recordings From the Reproducing Piano by the Great masters of Classical Piano 1904 - 1935: A 32 CD Catalogue: Disc 13 Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
messe à 4 voix Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
Piano Concertos No. 2 & 4 Camille Saint‐Saëns 1

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