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Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, conductor, pianist and organist. He was a musical prodigy, writing his first pieces of music at the age of four and making his concert debut at the age of ten. During this concert he astonished the audience by playing one of the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven at its request. After his studying at the Conservatory of Paris he followed a career as a church organist at Saint-Merri and later La Madeleine in Paris. He was also a successful freelance composer and pianist in France and abroad.
Saint-Saëns initially helped to introduce German composers such as Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner in France. However, from 1870 onwards anti-German sentiments began to arise in France as a result of the Franco-Prussian War, which enhanced support for the idea of a pro-French musical society. In 1871 Saint-Saëns consequently founded the Société Nationale de Musique together with Romain Bussine, that was devoted to the promotion of French music and organised concerts on which young composers could perform their works.
Saint-Saëns was a keen traveler, and made 179 trips to 27 different countries during his life. He favoured Algeria and Egypt, were he gained inspiration for compositions such as the Suite Algérienne and the Fifth Piano Concerto, also known as The Egyptian.
Saint-Saëns' best-known works include the First Cello Concerto, Third Symphony, the opera Samson et Dalila, Danse Macabre and Le carnaval des animaux, a humorous suite in which various animals are musically portrayed. However, he never wanted the last work to be performed, since it was contrary to his image as a serious composer. 

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Various composers
The Silk Road
Oslo Kammerakademi
Camille Saint-Saëns, Alexander Glazunov
Violin Concertos
Rudolf Koelman
Various composers
Après un Rêve Belle Époque – Nights at the Piano
Emmanuel Despax
Édouard Lalo, Camille Saint-Saëns
Cello Concerto in D Minor | Cello Concerto No. 1
Maja Bogdanović | RTS Symphony Orchestra | Bojan Sudjić
Various composers
Les Six, Merci et Adieu Claude
Sérgio Pires / Kosuke Akimoto
Various composers
Lost Times
Theo Plath & Aris Alexander Blettenberg
Camille Saint-Saëns, Piet Swerts
Le Bestiaire
Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble
Various composers
Camille Saint-Saëns
Saint-Saëns Requiem - Organ Symphony
Geoffrey Simon | London Philharmonic Orchestra
Camille Saint-Saëns
Saint-Saëns Africa
Geoffrey Simon
Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns, Ernest Amédée Chausson
Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr Vol. 37, Vive la France!
Sergei Redkin & Jamina Gerl & Mao Fujita & others
Various composers
French Opera Arias
Iris Hendrickx
Camille Saint-Saëns
Gould Piano Trio
Duo Gurfinkel Concertante
Duo Gurfinkel
Camille Saint-Saëns, Gustave Samazeuilh
La Belle Epoque
Dana Ciocarlie | Magali Léger | Marianne Piketty
Casals Homage
Amit Peled
Various composers
Petite Delights - Romantic Music for Flute & Harp
Various composers
Chamber Music
Soloists of the SPANNUNGEN Festival
Camille Saint-Saëns, Stepen Goss, César Franck
Saint-Saëns - Goss - Franck: Piano Works
Emmanuel Despax / Orpheus Sinfonia
Camille Saint-Saëns
Organ Works
Various composers
Melodies of Love and Death - Opera Senza Parole
Osiris Trio
The Original Recordings 1951-1966
Willem van Otterloo
Camille Saint-Saëns, Friedrich Kuhlau, Robert Schumann
Piano Concertos by Schumann & Kuhlau
Felicja Blumental, Vienna Pro Music
A Quatre Mains Françaises
Leo Van Doeselaar / Wyneke Jordans
Various composers
The French Symphonic Organ At Artisten
Jacques Van Oortmerssen
Mississippi Guitar Quartet
Complete Piano Trios
Altenberg Trio Wien
Les Carnaval des Animeaux/Works for two pianos
Julian Reynolds, Peter Lockwood, Concentus Bestiales
Various composers
Pauline Oostenrijk / Ivo Jansen