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Saint-Saens: Suite algerienne, Op. 60 - Suite in D major, Op. 49 - Suite for cello and orchestra in D minor, Op.16bis - Serenade in E flat major, Op.15

By Guillermo Pastrana

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By Guillermo Pastrana, Jun Markl, and Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi. By Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). Classical. CD. Naxos #8573732. Published by Naxos (NX.8573732).

Item Number: NX.8573732

Saint-Saens' travels often resulted in geographically themed works, such as the Suite algerienne: this exotic musical picture postcard- full of perfumed sensuality and the brazen confidence of march themes- reflects the composer's visits to colonial North Africa. The two suites on this recording are both structured around dance movements and were originally scored for different forces- the Suite in D major, Op. 49 for harmonium, the Suite in D minor, Op. 16 for cello and piano. The engaging Serenade, Op. 15, rarely performed with its original, exotic scoring, is heard here in an orchestral transcription.

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