Saint-Saens 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. Here are part 1part 2, and part 3.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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    […] A few weeks ago I shared with my readers Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 1. To my surprise, I received a lot more emails about this piano concerto than any other piece of music. However, most of them said something along the lines of “I love No. 2”, or “No. 3 is the best” or “What the 1st is to you, the 5th is to me.” I’ve been (re)listening to the Pascal Roge recording (my wife listened to it when we were dating). He plays all five concertos on one recording (2 CDs). […]

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