Saint-Saens - Ascanio: Ballet | Naxos 8574033

Saint-Saens - Ascanio: Ballet

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574033

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 22nd November 2019



Malmo Symphony Orchestra


Jun Markl


Saint-Saens, Camille

» Overture
» Prelude (Act 4)
Ascanio: Ballet music
La Jota Aragonese, op.64
» Overture
La Princesse jaune (The Yellow Princess), op.30
» Overture
Les Barbares
» Prologue
Overture to an unfinished opera-comique


Malmo Symphony Orchestra


Jun Markl


Saint-SaŽnsí operatic works contain instrumental music of vivacity and charm but have been undeservedly overlooked. Ascanio contains a substantial and elaborate divertissement that fellow composer Reynaldo Hahn termed Ďthe entire Renaissance in a few pagesí. Les Barbares, a tale of conquest and revenge, includes a vivid Prologue and joyful ballet, while La Princesse jaune with its pentatonic writing, and La Jota aragonese laced with Spanish vitality, show the composer at his most generously carefree.

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