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Les meules de foin à St Clement by Daniel de Monfreid (1856-1929)
Sotheby’s Picture Library
Track(s) taken from CDA67100
Recording details: January 1999
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: October 1999
Total duration: 4 minutes 17 seconds

Élégie, Op 160
composer

Élégie Op 160  [4'17]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The emotional expression of Opus 160 (1920) is grandiose. This Élégie starts in a surprisingly foursquare way, though some of the composer’s usual subtleties of harmony and form appear later and help to build a powerful climax. It’s inscribed to the memory of Alexis de Castillon, gifted composer and co-founder with Saint-Saëns of the Société Nationale de Musique. Castillon (1838–1873) only found his voice as a composer in the last years of his life. Looking back over his long career, Saint-Saëns must have been struck by the contrasting destinies—his colleague who had died before achieving any renown, and his own life, full of public honour but extending into what must often have seemed an alien era, increasingly remote from the revered classical masters who had been his Aunt Charlotte’s contemporaries.

from notes by Duncan Druce © 1999

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