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Élégie, Op 160
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

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67100 track 13
Recording date
16 January 1999
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Saint-Saëns: Music for violin and piano (CDA67100)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: October 1999
    Deletion date: July 2014
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