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Africa. Fantasie for piano and orchestra, Op 89
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The majority of Saint-Saëns’s shorter concertante works – sixteen in all – are rarely performed. Of the four pieces for piano and orchestra the most colourful is the Fantasy Africa, begun in Cadiz in 1889 and completed in Cairo in 1891. In need of convalescence after serious illness and the death of his mother, Saint-Saëns embarked on a cruise which took him to Ceylon for nearly three months, and then, on the return journey, to Egypt. His study of North African folk music is reflected in this attractive pot-pourri, with its abundance of melodic material, much of it syncopated. The climax is based on a Tunisian folk-tune.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2001

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Details for CDA67331/2 disc 2 track 8
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ISRC
GB-AJY-01-33208
Duration
9'47
Recording date
8 September 2000
Recording venue
Symphony Hall, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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  1. Saint-SaŽns: The complete works for piano and orchestra (CDA67331/2)
    Disc 2 Track 8
    Release date: September 2001
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