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listen  1. Six Bagatelles, Op. 3 - Poco SostenutoMarylene Dosse 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Six Bagatelles, Op. 3 - Moderato AssaiMarylene Dosse 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Six Bagatelles, Op. 3 - Allegro MoltoMarylene Dosse 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Six Bagatelles, Op. 3 - Poco SostenutoMarylene Dosse 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Duettino, Op. 11-duettino, Op. 11 - DuetMarylene Dosse 6:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven Variations, Op. 34 - 2 PianosMarylene Dosse18:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Allegro, Op. 29Marylene Dosse 9:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Caprice Sur Les Airs De Ballet D'alcesteMarylene Dosse12:05$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Three Mazurkas-op. 21Marylene Dosse 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Three Mazurkas-op. 24Marylene Dosse 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Three Mazurkas-op. 66Marylene Dosse 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Gavotte, Op. 23Marylene Dosse 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Six Etudes, Op. 52 - PreludeMarylene Dosse 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Six Etudes, Op. 52 - Andantino MalinconicoMarylene Dosse 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Six Etudes, Op. 52 - Prelude-fugueMarylene Dosse 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Six Etudes, Op. 52 - AndantinoMarylene Dosse 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Six Etudes, Op. 52 - Prelude-fugueMarylene Dosse 6:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Six Etudes, Op. 52 - Etude En Forme De ValseMarylene Dosse 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Allegro Appassionato, Op. 70Marylene Dosse 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Menuet Et Valse, Op. 56Marylene Dosse12:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Une Nuit À Lisbonne, Op. 63Marylene Dosse 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Polonaise, Op. 77 - 2 PianosMarylene Dosse10:10$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Album For Piano, Op. 72 - PréludeMarylene Dosse 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Album For Piano, Op. 72 - CarillonMarylene Dosse 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Album For Piano, Op. 72 - ToccataMarylene Dosse 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Album For Piano, Op. 72 - ValseMarylene Dosse 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Album For Piano, Op. 72 - Chanson NapolitaineMarylene Dosse 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Album For Piano, Op. 72 - FinalMarylene Dosse 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Souvenir D'italie, Op. 80Marylene Dosse 7:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Feuillet D'album, Op. 81Marylene Dosse 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Les Cloches Du Soir, Op. 85Marylene Dosse 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Pas Redoublé, Op. 86Marylene Dosse 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Scherzo, Op. 87Marylene Dosse 9:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Valse Canariote, Op. 88Marylene Dosse 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Suite For Piano, Op. 90Marylene Dosse 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Suite For Piano, Op. 90 - MenuetMarylene Dosse 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Suite For Piano, Op. 90 - GavotteMarylene Dosse 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Suite For Piano, Op. 90 - GigueMarylene Dosse 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Souvenir D'ismailia, Op. 100Marylene Dosse 6:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Valse Nonchalante, Op. 110Marylene Dosse 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Caprice Arabe, Op. 96Marylene Dosse 7:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Thème Varié, Op. 97Marylene Dosse 7:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Valse Mignonne, Op. 104Marylene Dosse 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Caprice Héroïque, Op. 120Marylene Dosse 9:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Valse Langoureuse, Op. 120Marylene Dosse 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Valse Gaie, Op. 139Marylene Dosse 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Six Etudes For The Left Hand Alone, Op. 135 - PreludeMarylene Dosse 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Six Etudes For The Left Hand Alone, Op. 135 - Alla FugaMarylene Dosse 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Six Etudes For The Left Hand Alone, Op. 135 - Moto PerpetuoMarylene Dosse 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Six Etudes For The Left Hand Alone, Op. 135 - BourreeMarylene Dosse 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Six Etudes For The Left Hand Alone, Op. 135 - ElegieMarylene Dosse 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Six Etudes For The Left Hand Alone, Op. 135 - GigueMarylene Dosse 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Six Études, Op. 111 - Tierces Majeurs Et MineursMarylene Dosse 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Six Études, Op. 111 - Traits ChromatiquesMarylene Dosse 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Six Études, Op. 111 - Prelude Et FugueMarylene Dosse 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Six Études, Op. 111 - Les Cloches De Las PalmasMarylene Dosse 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Six Études, Op. 111 - Tierces Majeurs ChromatiquesMarylene Dosse 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Six Études, Op. 111 - Toccata D'apres Le 5eme ConcertoMarylene Dosse 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Marche Interaliée, Op. 155Marylene Dosse 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Six Fugues, Op. 161 - Allegro ModeratoMarylene Dosse 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Six Fugues, Op. 161 - Poco Allegro GraziosoMarylene Dosse 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Six Fugues, Op. 161 - AllegrettoMarylene Dosse 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Six Fugues, Op. 161 - Allegro ModeratoMarylene Dosse 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Six Fugues, Op. 161 - Andantino Quasi AllegrettoMarylene Dosse 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Six Fugues, Op. 161 - Maestoso Poco AllegroMarylene Dosse 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Feuillet D'album, Op. 169Marylene Dosse 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Carnival Of The Animals - Introduction And Royal MarchMarylene Dosse, Annie Petit & Wurttemberg Chameer Orchestra 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Carnival Of The Animals - Hens And CocksMarylene Dosse, Annie Petit & Wurttemberg Chameer Orchestra0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Carnival Of The Animals - Wild AssesMarylene Dosse, Annie Petit & Wurttemberg Chameer Orchestra0:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Carnival Of The Animals - TortoisesMarylene Dosse, Annie Petit & Wurttemberg Chameer Orchestra 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Carnival Of The Animals - The ElephantMarylene Dosse, Annie Petit & Wurttemberg Chameer Orchestra 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Carnival Of The Animals - KangaroosMarylene Dosse, Annie Petit & Wurttemberg Chameer Orchestra0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Carnival Of The Animals - The AquariumMarylene Dosse, Annie Petit & Wurttemberg Chameer Orchestra 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Carnival Of The Animals - Personages With Long EarsMarylene Dosse, Annie Petit & Wurttemberg Chameer Orchestra0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Carnival Of The Animals - Cuckoo In The WoodsMarylene Dosse, Annie Petit & Wurttemberg Chameer Orchestra 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Carnival Of The Animals - BirdsMarylene Dosse, Annie Petit & Wurttemberg Chameer Orchestra 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Carnival Of The Animals - PianistsMarylene Dosse, Annie Petit & Wurttemberg Chameer Orchestra 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Carnival Of The Animals - FossilsMarylene Dosse, Annie Petit & Wurttemberg Chameer Orchestra 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Carnival Of The Animals - The SwanMarylene Dosse, Annie Petit & Wurttemberg Chameer Orchestra 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Carnival Of The Animals - FinaleMarylene Dosse, Annie Petit & Wurttemberg Chameer Orchestra 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Marylene Dosse
  • Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
  • Audio CD (May 27, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Vox Box
  • ASIN: B00008X5B5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This series of Saint-Saëns' piano music, recorded in 1974, will be of interest to the composer's admirers, but it's not likely to win any awards. Most of the music consists of glittering generalities, with few memorable moments and a lot of padding. Saint-Saëns had inspirations, but he didn't waste many of them on his solo piano music. In the few cases when a piece has become familiar, we can tell that Dosse's performances are mostly just adequate, seldom exciting or insightful. She gets around the keys well enough, and the last of the Six Etudes (based on the composer's own Fifth Piano Concerto) is pretty dazzling, but elsewhere she seems to be just going through the motions. The solo piano music, recorded by the wonderful Elite team of Nickrenz & Aubort, has splendid sound quality. But the duets, recorded in Stuttgart, sound boxy and flat--except for "Carnival of the Animals," with the sparkling chamber orchestra. This certainly isn't a bad set, but it's only a compelling purchase for lovers of this composer who can't get enough of his piano music. Well, now they can. --Leslie Gerber

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2004
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Saint-Saens didn't believe that music must express deep emotion to be worthwhile. He was more interested in beautiful surfaces than in profundity. The composer's aesthetic, which might be described as "decorative," justifies certain limitations and is not all that different from Milhaud's or Poulenc's, although the musical idiom is more 19th century than 20th century.

Because this is a "complete works" set of CDs, the quality of the compositions is predictably uneven. Several of the many pieces included are too protracted, formulaic and even dull, but few are without any interest. Almost all seem impersonal and dispassionate. That said, much of the music is lovely, frequently colorful and occasionally dazzling. Saint-Saens' piano writing is almost always transparent, elegant, ironic and wry. Some pieces, like the Scherzo for Two Pianos (which is organized as a palindrome), the Valse Gaie and the Etude en Forme de Valse, are stunning mixtures of modern musical language and traditional gestures. There is truly no other music like this.

Admirers of French music are fortunate that Vox decided to reissue these performances, which range from adequate to excellent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dace Gisclard on August 6, 2008
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This is delightful stuff! Nothing "profound" here (what a dreadful sin, Mr. Gerber!) but plenty of this composer's mix of the playful and the intellectual. True, there are a few pieces (the fugues and some of the more mechanically-oriented etudes) that are academic note-spinning, but there's lots more that aren't. It's perfectly OK to like and enjoy this kind of elegant fluff--does EVERYTHING have to be a heaven-storming masterpiece? People who think that miss an awful lot. If you like Bizet (but don't expect Carmen!) and Chabrier, this will appeal to you.

Saint-Saens was one of the greatest pianists of his time, and certainly knew his way around a keyboard. Marylene Dosse has the technique and temperament to do this music justice. The remastered analog sound is NOT terrible--perhaps a bit shallow and not state of the art digital, but quite easily listenable. I certainly don't hear the "bumps and pops" alluded to by another reviewer--can't imagine what's going on there.

Highlights of the set that I particularly enjoy: the two-piano Beethoven Variations on the trio of the menuet of the Piano Sonata Op.31 No.3 (the pianos sound in tune to me, although someone with perfect pitch might find them a few cents off!); the Allegro appassionato and the Etude en forme de valse--two standard classics that every lover of French piano music should know; the transcription and abridgement for piano solo of the first movement of Piano Concerto No.3 (with the orchestral parts absorbed into the piano); the last of the Etudes Op.111 where the composer reworks material from his Piano Concerto No.5 into a brilliant toccata.

At this price, this set is a steal, and, as Mr. Crawford said, a nice companion for the piano concertos (I'm particularly fond of Collard--Hough is a bit too much of a speed demon on the autobahn, looking neither to the right nor left to see the beauties just within sight.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on December 5, 2007
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This is a collection rare to come across: the complete piano works by Saint-Saens. As a native of France, Ms. Dosse accomplishes the nearly impossible task of recording the entirety of this difficult french repertoire. Her masterful understand of the music is apparently throughout every piece and her musicality extends far past that of many of the great pianists. In addition to the extraordinary playing, the set is marvelously priced. This is a set to add to your collection.
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By Parviz on February 25, 2014
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I like Saint-Saens music and the recordings met my expectations. But of course I love Saint-Saens music! The recording is also very fine.
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By BarClay on February 3, 2013
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It's a shame that I had to wait this long to hear this music. As a pianist, I have been exposed to many of the best known and lesser known piano works by famous composers, but I had never seen or heard these works before this recording. These works are melodic, inventive, and superbly played. Marylene Dosse (sometimes joined by Annie Petit) demonstrate the power, clearness of touch, and sensitivity that one would expect from better known pianists. This CD is a wonderful find, and I heartily recommend it.
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