Today I want to share with you Camille Saint–Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 1. This is not Saint–Saens’ most popular concerto – his concerto No. 2 (which I’ll share with you next week) is by far the best-known of his piano concertos.
I had a hard time finding a recording of the first concerto on YouTube. Saint–Saens’ first concerto is very dear to me. It may lack the depth of the second concerto, but it has this note of optimism and energy that strikes a chord in me. Like an unstoppable driving force, this optimism shines right through the music. Here are part 1, part 2, and part 3.