Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921): Piano Concerto No. 4, Piano Concerto No. 5, ‘Egyptian’
Romain Descharmes, Piano
Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Marc Soustrot
Naxos 8573478 @ £7.50 plus P&P
Gramophone “It is true that Romain Descharmes and his genial conductor take a more relaxed view of Allegro than either Hough or Darré. All three movement of the so- called Egyptian Concerto and here the Naxos recording comes into its own, with disarmingly lovely playing from the soloist and his Malmö colleagues.”
About the CD…..
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 8573476 and 77.