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Saint-Saëns - Organ Symphony No. 3 CD

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  • Audio CD (18 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CSK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Michael Murray's organ playing bespeaks a mastery and authority that matches the orchestra's...The closing section, in which organ and full orchestra play together, will exhilarate you..." -- Digital Audio

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bob Zeidler on 14 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 ("Organ Symphony") is without question the most famous, and most frequently-performed, work in the symphonic repertoire for this pairing of forces. Over the years, it has received the attention of many conductors. A quick search of available recordings shows that most speciaiists in the French repertoire have committed performances to disc: Charles Dutoit, Charles Munch, Georges Pretre, Andre Cluytens, Paul Paray, Jean Martinon, Sir Thomas Beecham, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Jean Fournet, Michel Plasson, Louis de Froment, Louis Fremaux (some of them with multiple recordings).
But, for all that "French specialization," the all-time record for most recordings of this work is held by a Hungarian, Eugene Ormandy. The record (no pun intended) shows that Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra recorded this work at least four times: twice with E. Power Biggs (the first of which, in the mid-'50s, is how I first came to know the work), once with Virgil Fox, and, finally (almost as a "career summation") with Michael Murray on this splendid Telarc CD.
Recorded at a time (1980) when Ormandy was preparing to relinquish his Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director position to his successor, Riccardo Muti, and when the novelty of digital recording was still unique enough that Telarc, in the vanguard of this technology, succeeded in securing recording rights for several major U.S. orchestras (including three of the "big five" if only for a limited number of releases), this performance is the equal of any, and the sound (from an unusual venue for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Francis de Sales Church) remains "state of the art" nearly a quarter-century later. It is, arguably, one of the very best recordings of the Philadelphia Orchestra ever made, irrespective of repertoire.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have several versions of this popular work in the collection on both LP and CD but this is my favourite. There are recordings that are more recent and therefore a tad clearer, like that by Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony. Peter Hurford is masterful on the organ for Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony on Decca, my second choice. But for an overall sumptuous sound combined with clarity in the orchestral detail, my vote at No.1 would be for Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew N. Taylor VINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
When CDs were first launched in 1983, the Telarc label was synonymous with top quality recordings, particularly with regard to the recording of bass drums and dynamic range. Having already purchased a number of Telarc recordings and been suitably impressed, I was eager to hear their version of the Saent Saens Organ Symphony under Ormandy.
It is indeed a fine recording, with plenty of dynamic range, especially in the last movement, where the fortissimo organ entry really shakes the room. There are no other works on the disc, but at budget price, no complaints can be made in this quarter. The problem for this, and other versions, is the new recording under EschenbachSaint-Saens - Symphony No. 3 'Organ'/Poulenc - Organ Concerto/Barber - Toccata Festiva. The Slow second movement of this symphony, relies more than any other work, on the 32 foot organ pedal underpinning the orchestra, and the Eschenbach does this better than any other version I know. Unless you have a subwoofer in your system, you are unlikely to appreciate the difference, and in that case, the Ormandy version is perfectly adequate. A pity, the four movements are not individually indexed.

Andrew Taylor

Worsley, Manchester
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Stuart on 1 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a fabulous recording & performance.

I own many versions but absolutely adore this one for it is the best recording and performance that keeps drawing me back.

My stereo system is in a dedicated listening room with the following hi-fi gear...

PLINIUS 9200 amplifier
DENON DCD700AE cd player
B&W DM603 S3 loud speakers
QED QUNEX2 interconnects
KIMBER 8TC loud speaker cables

So....this version has so much more deep bass and detail....detail I have not heard on any of the other highly recommended versions.

The performs seems to jump out of the loud speakers, shakes you and commands your undivided attention from beginning to end.

The organ is so vivid and so detailed.

It is an absolute pleasure to own this fabulous Telarc account of Saint-Saens' titanic 3rd symphony.
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