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Violoncello Sonata c minor op. 32,1
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Camille Saint-Saëns

Saint-Saëns was one of the most multifaceted musicians of the second half of the nineteenth century in France. Regarded as a Classicist, he also wrote pieces with an Impressionist character to their sound, and one composition in quarter-tones. As a critic and essayist he was involved in the first complete editions of Rameau’s and Gluck’s works.

1835Born in Paris on October 9. Early comprehensive education.
1848–52Studies at the Conservatoire de Paris.
1853Organist at St. Merry Church in Paris.
1853–59First large-scale works: Symphony No. 1, Op. 2 (1853), and No. 2, Op. 55 (1859); Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 17 (1858); Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 20 (1859); Mass, Op. 4 (1856); he attempts to arrive at unique forms.
1857–77Organist at La Madeleine in Paris.
1861–65He teaches at the École de Musique Classique et Religieuse Niedermeyer.
1871Founding of the Société Nationale de musique.
1871–77Composition of symphonic poems “Le rouet d’Omphale” (“The Wheel of Omphale,” 1871), “Phaéton” (1873), “Danse macabre” (1874), “La jeunesse d’Hercule” (1877).
1876Attends the performance of the Ring in Bayreuth.
1877Performance in Weimar of his opera “Samson et Dalila.”
1881Member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.
1883Performance in Paris of his opera “Henry VIII.”
1885Publication of the treatise “Harmonie et mélodie.”
1886Performance in London of his Organ Symphony (Symphony No. 3 in C minor): major work with thematic transformation after Liszt’s model. Composition of “The Carnival of the Animals,” the publication of which he forbade during his lifetime.
1899Publication of the book “Portraits et souvenirs.”
1900Cantata “Le feu celeste” in praise of electricity, for the opening of the Exposition Universelle.
1921Death in Algiers on December 16.

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Peter Jost (Editor)

Dr. Peter Jost, born in 1960 in Diefflen/Saar, read musicology, German and comparative studies at Saarland University in Saarbrücken. He did his PhD in 1988 with a thesis on Robert Schumann’s Waldszenen.

From November 1991 to April 2009 he was a research associate at the Richard Wagner Complete Edition in Munich, and since May 2009 has been an editor at G. Henle Publishers. His Urtext editions comprise predominantly French music of the 19th and 20th centuries, including works by Lalo, Saint-Saëns and Ravel.

 

David Geringas (Fingering and bowing for Violoncello)

Pascal Rogé (Fingering Piano)

Here at last is the definitive urtext edition including full explanations of all the complexities which occurred during the gestation of this work. Henle has done us proud with this magnificent edition.

ESTA Arco, 2013

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