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Joel Kasow

Fanfare Want List for Joel Kasow (2012)

A CD of ballet music by the prolific Camille Saint-Saëns comes from Australia and is worth exploring, with complete ballets from Ascanio and Etienne Marcel, and extracts from Henri VIII and Les Barbares. The generous offering gives us a wider view of one of the 19th century’s most prolific and active composer-pianists, whether in medieval or Renaissance mood, or simply tragic. Tourniaire demonstrates that, in addition to a commendable curiosity, he is a considerable advocate for neglected aspects of French 19th-century music