CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921): Suite algérienne, Op. 60, Suite in D, Op. 49, Suite in D Minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 16bis, Serenade in E Flat, Op. 15.
Catalogue Number: 02T028
Description: The Suite algerienne is an exotic musical picture postcard full of perfumed sensuality reflecting the composer’s visits to colonial North Africa. The two suites on this recording are both structured around dance movements and were originally scored for different forces- the Op. 49 (1863 orch. 1869) for harmonium, the Op. 16 (orch. 1919) for cello and piano. The engaging Serenade, Op. 15, rarely performed with its original, exotic scoring for piano, organ, violin and viola, is heard here in an orchestral transcription. Guillermo Pastrana (cello), Basque National Orchestra; Jun Märkl.