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Work: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for violin and orchestra, Op.28

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ComposerSaint-Saëns, Camille (1835-1921)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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JūrmalaMaría Dueñas violin & Julien Quentin piano

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Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Franck
María Dueñas; Julien Quentin

TokyoEncounter with Stradivari 2020

© Suntory Hall
Waxman, Vieuxtemps, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Elgar, Sarasate, Ysaÿe
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; Kazuki Yamada; Goldmund Quartett; Veronika Eberle; Suyoen Kim; Benjamin Beilman

ParisFrançois-Xavier Roth conducts Saint-Saëns

Saint-Saëns
Les Siècles; François-Xavier Roth; Renaud Capuçon; Bertrand Chamayou
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LA Phil celebrates Chinese Year of the Pig

Ray Chen © John Mac
Elim Chan lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic through a high-powered program of Chinese and French music that began and ended with virtuoso showpieces written less than 30 years apart.
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Nicola Benedetti's Siver Violin tour at Edinburgh's Usher Hall

Last night’s concert in the Usher Hall contained so many different strands, that it defies simple categorisation. One of a series of nine concerts in Scotland, its first objective was clearly to promote Miss Benedetti’s latest CD, The Silver Violin. This recording features tributes to many of the great composers who wrote film music for the silver screen, hence the title.
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Renaud Capuçon Shines in Magical Saint-Saëns and Ravel

Even though I’ve been to quite a lot of concerts these past few years, I still can’t put my finger on why some concerts attract many attendees and especially why some are so sparsely visited.
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Ray Chen Performs Bach, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns

Celebrating the worldwide release of his first orchestral album, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos, Ray Chen presented a fairly typical selection of classical music: Bach, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns. But from the moment Chen took to the stage at (Le) Poisson Rouge, it was clear the evening’s concert was bound to break a few rules.
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Austrian good cheer and French delicacy in the Swiss Alps

Young violinists come in different shapes and styles, and this closing concert of the series of afternoon concerts by young performers in Gstaad Chapel was very different from yesterday’s. Where Albrecht Menzel was all about flamboyant virtuosity, this performance by 22-year old German Lukas Stepp was a far more thoughtful affair.
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