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Allegro appassionato, Op 43
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Before the founding of the Société Nationale, one of the mainstays of the Paris concert scene was Jules Pasdeloup’s Concerts populaires, intended to bring good music to audiences at affordable prices. It was to the principal cellist of this organization, Jules Lasserre, that Saint-Saëns dedicated his Allegro appassionato, Op 43, written for cello and piano in 1873 and orchestrated in 1876. It is an uncomplicated piece in scherzo form, with a main tune that has a gypsy feel to it revealing, in one writer’s words, the ‘dark edges that haunt so many of his melodies’.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2014

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