Sublime music of Charles-Camille Saint Saens guaranteed to please

I have spent the afternoon with Charles-Camille Saint Saens (9 October 9, 1835 – December 16, 1921), the French composer whose Romantic period piano music never fails to please.   The Symphony No. 3 in C minor, op. 78 “Organ Symphony” is sweet and riveting, not only because of the great organ sound, but the sweet […]

Beethoven’s Piano Concertos

Of all the works that Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) wrote, his five piano concertos are almost certainly the most popular with audiences. Here in Toronto, a Beethoven piano concerto featuring a great soloist partnered with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is usually sold out weeks before the performance.   And so they should because they are among the […]