Camille Saint-Saëns

Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Title: The Complete Etudes
Performer: Piers Lane

My first exposure to Saint-Saëns was hearing his piano concertos many years (decades) ago. My fave recording is by Aldo Ciccolini but his recording is out of print. When I went in search of a new favorite, I listened to a few versions and decided the recording by Jean-Philippe Collard, with Andre Previn conducting, was as close as I was going to get. IMO, Camille Saint-Saëns’ piano concertos are some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard and they bring tears to my eyes every single time.

Today I decided I wanted to explore more more Saint-Saëns, particularly on piano and the recording by Piers Lane of the etudes popped up. I listened to the sound samples and was hooked. I bought the downloads and am listening to them now. Gorgeous! The style of the music is close to that of his piano concertos, although these etudes are more structured, and more brief.

I’m really excited to have found some more Saint-Saëns to adore. I think I’ll surf around for some more.

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