Album: Saint-Saëns, Orchestral Works – Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Järvi (Chandos)

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Fêted from the Middle East to South America (where he wrote the Uruguayan national anthem) during his life-time, Camille Saint-Saëns is remarkable both for the variety and volume of his orientalist music and the sophistication of its orchestration.

Neeme Järvi's programme of symphonic poems, bacchanales and barcarolles ranges from the smokily luxuriant to the swashbuckling. An attractive performance of exotic bon-bons from the RSNO.