Saint Saëns Piano Concerto No. 1

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Today I want to share with you Camille SaintSaens’ Piano Concerto No. 1.  This is not SaintSaens’ 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. SaintSaens’ 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.

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  • Sylvia Connor says:

    Do you have any recordings of any Faure or Arensky whose String Quartet in A Minor I love?

    I appreciate your articles as well as your recordings.

  • Vitaliy,
    I appreciate your music, family artists, and your investing insights; thank you for the productions.
    Do you have any recordings of Faure or Anton Arensky whose String Quartet in A Minor I love?

  • Margret says:

    good day, Vitalij
    thanks for your weekly letter – good to read.
    Camille Saint-Saëns – I grew up in Germany in the 1940/50ies – and listened to the Norddeutscher Rundfunk – sunday lunch concert – all and nothing but classic music. I have a great knowledge – of course I don’t know the titles.
    this concert I do not remember very well, though I am sure to have heard it.
    well, thank you very much and carry on – Margret

  • Jack Austin says:

    Thanks as always for the music recommendation! I’m a great fan of Saint-Saëns. I agree that his second concerto is probably the best known, but I strongly recommend his fifth piano concerto, the “Egyptian.” Saint-Saëns wrote it while on a boat traveling the Nile, and he included many harmonies and key signatures that are based on Egyptian and middle eastern music. They are strange and unfamiliar to western ears, but very interesting.

  • Russell says:

    This is not a composer I was previously familiar with so I appreciate the introduction! I enjoy your newsletters, the wonderful music and your families beautiful art…

  • John Huizinga says:

    The opening with the fanfare played by natural horn was (shall we say) “recalled” by Brahms in his B-flat concerto twenty years later. But of course that portly work doesn’t have the Saint Saens joie de vivre.

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