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Posted by Eric Schissel on March 19, 2015, 12:06 pm
Saint-SaŽns' 2nd symphony premiere may? have been somewhat earlier- 1860 March 25- though I'm not entirely positive one way or the other and don't have a definite source (I think Teller-Ratner's important book on Saint-SaŽns' instrumental music is probably the source but I can't be sure that my source, IMSLP, is quoting her properly :) ) It wasn't published until 1878, for whatever reason, hence the high opus number (55) despite its proximity to his youth symphonies numbered and unnumbered/with- and without opus, which hadn't really occurred to me before the reviewer pointed it out but- valid point (I still like the piece, that's not what I mean. Fine finale especially. Though I haven't heard Soustrot's performance specifically, there's been a number of others, even besides Martinon's in the complete set. I will say it would have been nice to see more of a comparative overview of recordings of both symphonies and the symphonic poem :D )
- http://musicweb-international.com/classrev/2015/Mar/SaintSaens_sys_8573138.htm - Eric Schissel March 19, 2015, 12:06 pm
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