Neeme Jarvi Conducts Saint Saens (Chandos: CHSA 5104)
This "Chandos" SACD is quite an intriguing offer: It contains 10 pieces by Saint-Saens, of which some are well known (Bacchanale from Samson & Dalilah, Route d'Omphale, Dance Macabre, French military march), and six other pieces less frequently heard, of which "young Hercules" is the longest (14 minuets).
The Scottish national Orchestra under the baton of maestro Jarvi exhibit with these pieces flexibility, beauty of tone, togetherness and excitement which does not fail to 'rock and swing' at the right passages, and does not fail to put the listener in a more ponderous mood in some of the more 'dreamy-romantic' moments.
The SACD (multichannel) is of a demonstration quality with energy bursts interwoven with sweet pianissimo and crystal-clear tones.
(One is advised to set the playing mode into SACD-direct on his/her player - if possible - in order to gain even more of the recording revenue and the explosive dynamic this Chandos exhibits).
The recording was made in September 2011 at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow.
Looks like Chandos is ready to fly high along with Telarc, Bis, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra label.
It surely leaves the likes of Pentatone and other SACD imposters deep in the dust.