Friday, August 17, 2012

Lilya Zilberstein: Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No.5—'The Egyptian'

Lilya Zilberstein performs from the first movement of Camille Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No.5, in F major, opus 103 ("The Egyptian") with Milan State University Orchestra and Alessandro Crudele at the podium; this is from the Auditorium di Milano on November 18, 2008.


Camille Saint-Saëns [1835-1921], the late-Romantic French composer, was prolific, writing hundreds of works, including four symphonic poems and 13 operas. As Barbara Heninger writes for the program notes of the Redwood Symphony: "The Piano Concerto No. 5 was composed in Luxor during a visit to Egypt, and Saint-Saëns premiered it in 1896 with himself as soloist at a Jubilee Concert given to commemorate his precocious debut 50 years earlier."


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