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Various Artists / Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos 2 & 5 Jean-Yves Thibau
Album:Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos 2 & 5 Jean-Yves Thibau Collection:Classical
Artist:Various Artists Added:10/2013
Label:Decca Music Group Ltd. 

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Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2013-10-25 
Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) started composing at age 3 (and could read and write at that age). By age 10, he could play Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas from memory. His Piano Concerto No. 5, nicknamed “Egyptian,” was completed in Cairo in 1896, but only the 2nd mvmt’s main theme is Egyptian, a lush and exotic Nubian love song. The 1st mvmt begins with a warm simple theme imbued with increasing energy in variations, followed by a slower, melancholy 2nd theme. The finale is a blaze of virtuosity with a vigorous and bustling 1st theme, then a driving new melody, subsequently combined and overlapped with the 1st theme. His Piano Concerto No. 2, composed in 1868, begins untraditionally with a slow mvmt (usually, the character of a 2nd mvmt), which, after a long, Bachian solo piano intro, moves to a melancholy theme and rich sonority. The 2nd mvmt is a light, airy and elegant scherzo. The finale is a high-spirited, entertaining tarantella. A contemporary pianist quipped, the concerto “begins with Bach and ends with Offenbach.” Cesar Franck’s (1822-1890) Variations Symphoniques (1885) is in fact two sets of variations with a brilliant coda. Its opening piano and orchestral themes, somewhat wistful, evolve into an energetic, even gay, finale.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Saint-Saëns, Camille; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, L'orchestre De La Suisse Romande, Cha Piano Concerto No.5 In F, "Egyptian": 1. Allegro Animato
2.Saint-Saëns, Camille; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, L'orchestre De La Suisse Romande, Cha Piano Concerto No.5 In F, "Egyptian": 2. Andante
3.Saint-Saëns, Camille; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, L'orchestre De La Suisse Romande, Cha Piano Concerto No.5 In F, "Egyptian": 3. Molto Allegro
4.Franck, César; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, L'orchestre De La Suisse Romande, Charles Du Variations Symphoniques
5.Saint-Saëns, Camille; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, L'orchestre De La Suisse Romande, Cha Piano Concerto No.2 In G Minor: 1. Andante Sostenuto
6.Saint-Saëns, Camille; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, L'orchestre De La Suisse Romande, Cha Piano Concerto No.2 In G Minor: 2. Allegro Scherzando
7.Saint-Saëns, Camille; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, L'orchestre De La Suisse Romande, Cha Piano Concerto No.2 In G Minor: 3. Presto