|Camille Saint-Saëns Opus 61|
Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minorViolin concerto in B minor. Time: 28'00.
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The Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61, by Camille Saint-Saëns, is a Romantic piece for violin and orchestra. Saint-Saëns finished and dedicated the concerto in 1880 to fellow composer-virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate, who played the solo part at the premiere. The work is in three movements:
The Third (and last) of Saint-Saëns' violin concertos imposes fewer technical demands on the soloist than its predecessors; rather, its focuses are melodic invention and expressive subtlety. This stress is most notable in the slow movement; and the chorale of the finale, which is reminiscent of the conclusion of the Fourth Piano Concerto. Possibly because of this, the Third Concerto along with the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28, and the Havanaise, Op. 83, have endured as the major concertante works for violin by Saint-Saëns still heard regularly today.
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