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Track(s) taken from CDA67331/2

Allegro appassionato for piano and orchestra, Op 70


Stephen Hough (piano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo (conductor)
Recording details: September 2000
Symphony Hall, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 2001
Total duration: 5 minutes 11 seconds


'Marvellous performances, full of joy, vigour and sparkle. The recording is in the demonstration bracket and this Hyperion set includes no fewer than four encores. An easy first choice' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Superlative' (The Independent)

'Superb … Hough’s new set in Hyperion’s outstanding Romantic Piano Concerto series sweeps the board' (The Guardian)

'It is unalloyed pleasure to sit through all five at a sitting … the quite outstanding pianism of Stephen Hough makes this an unmissable addition to anyone remotely interested in the barnstorming, physically exhilarating concertos of the late nineteenth century' (International Record Review)

'A delightful set that does this underrated composer full credit' (Classic FM Magazine)
In 1884, soon after the premiere of his opera Henry VIII, Saint-Saëns completed both the Allegro appassionato, Opus 70 (not to be confused with a work of the same title for cello, Opus 43) and the Rapsodie d’Auvergne, Opus 73. The second of these pieces incorporates a tune which the composer heard a washerwoman singing in a mountain village, and is a rare example of his use of a melody from a region of his own country.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2001

En 1884, peu après la création de son opéra Henry VIII, Saint-Saëns acheva à la fois son Allegro appassionato op. 70 (à ne pas confondre avec son opus 43 pour violoncelle, qui porte le même titre) et la Rapsodie d’Auvergne op. 73. Cette dernière, qui intègre un air emprunté par le compositeur à une lavandière d’un village auvergnat, représente un des rares cas d’utilisation par Saint-Saëns d’une mélodie régionale de son propre pays.

extrait des notes rédigées par Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2001
Français: Josée Bégaud

Im Jahr 1884, kurz nach der Urauführung seiner Oper Henri VIII, stellte Saint-Saëns sowohl das Allegro appassionato op. 70 (nicht zu verwechseln mit Opus 43, einem Cellostück gleichen Titels) als auch die Rhapsodie d’Auvergne op. 73 fertig. Im zweiten dieser Stücke ist eine Melodie enthalten, die der Komponist bei einer Wäscherin in einem Bergdorf gehört hatte – eines der wenigen Beispiele dafür, daß er auch Melodien aus einer Region seines eigenen Landes verarbeitet hat.

aus dem Begleittext von Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2001
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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