Camille Saint-Saëns

On October, 1835

French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era

Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns

was born

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 at the piano for his planned farewell concert in 1913, conducted by Pierre Monteux

The Carnival of the Animals was one of my favorites as a child [still is], however I have chosen his Organ symphony for which he said:

❝ I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again.❞

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 “Organ”

Organist: Michael Murray
Organ: Cavaillé-Coll
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Recorded at St. Francis de Sales Church Philadelphia PA, USA, February 6, 1980

I’m sure Oannes is preparing a post for him, so keep an eye out! 😉


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26 replies »

  1. That was epic!
    I enjoyed every minute of it. I was baking pies while listening.
    To me this is the epicentre of classic music.
    Of course I know more now, having listened to what Oannes and you post.
    Sending love, hugs and kisses all around!

  2. Looking at concert programs from sixty or so years ago, one notices how much he’s fallen from the active repertoire. Ravel, on the other hand, seems to have ascended.

    • It’s funny isn’t it, even classical composers follow popularity ‘waves’… only to those who follow them though, so that’s okay. We can enjoy ‘our’ Camille (or whoever else), whenever we want! 😉

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