Saint-Saëns

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Saint-Saëns
Danse macabre, Op.40
The Carnival of the Animals – Zoological Fantasy*
Allegro appassionato for cello and orchestra, Op.43**
Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78***
Samson and Delilah – Bacchanale****

Reviewed by: Colin Anderson

Reviewed: January 2007
CD No: CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 3 82233 2
Duration: 75 minutes

A winning collection of Saint-Saëns favourites – Danse macabre is animated and spooky, the Carnival – ‘The Swan’ and other animals – is vividly characterised and attentive to detail and the symphony glows with warmth and vitality, the organ integrated but majestic. The recorded sound (expertly re-mastered) can be a tad distant, but all the performers appreciate Saint-Saëns’s craftsmanship and fund of invention.

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