Evening Masterwork: Saint-Saens’ Fifth Piano Concerto

Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)

Piano Concerto No. 5 in F by Camille Saint-Saens

Evening Masterwork for July 23, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

Saint-Saens composed his Fifth Piano Concerto during a winter vacation in Egypt – it’s sometimes called the Egyptian concerto for this reason– and he was 60 years old when he finished it. Besides the more exotic flourishes in the middle movement, the concerto is typical Saint-Saens… it’s melodious, sophisticated, and shows off the brilliance of the composer’s craftsmanship. You can hear it tonight at 7: our Evening Masterwork on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.