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Saint-SaŽns: Symphony No.3 [CD]

Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal, Peter Hurford Audio CD
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  • Composer: Camille Saint-SaŽns
  • Audio CD (11 Sep 1991)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041YT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1a. Adagio - Allegro moderato - - Peter Hurford, Orchestre Symphonique de Montrťal, Charles Dutoit
2. 1b. Poco adagio - Peter Hurford, Orchestre Symphonique de Montrťal, Charles Dutoit
3. 2a. Allegro moderato - Presto - Allegro moderato - Peter Hurford, Orchestre Symphonique de Montrťal, Charles Dutoit
4. 2b. Maestoso - Piý allegro - Molto allegro - Peter Hurford, Orchestre Symphonique de Montrťal, Charles Dutoit
5. Introduction et Marche royale du Lion
6. Poules et Coqs
7. Hťmiones (Animaux vťloces)
8. Tortues
9. L'Elťphant - Robin McGee, Pascal Rogť, Cristina Ortiz, London Sinfonietta, Charles Dutoit
10. Kangourous
11. Aquarium
12. Personnages ŗ longues oreilles - London Sinfonietta, Charles Dutoit
13. Le coucou au fond des bois - Antony Pay, Pascal Rogť, Cristina Ortiz, London Sinfonietta, Charles Dutoit
14. VoliŤres
15. Pianistes
16. Fossiles
17. Le Cygne - Christopher van Kampen, Pascal Rogť, Cristina Ortiz, London Sinfonietta, Charles Dutoit
18. Finale

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This recording of Saint-Saëns's Organ Symphony is often regarded as definitive. Dutoit's touch is unrushed, light and secular, avoiding any heavy meaningfulness. Intuitively romantic, he enlists his players' sensitivity in achieving great variety in the softer parts of the range. His cueing is highly organic, giving each new phrase scope to develop. Here Dutoit achieves what many of his colleagues never do: instead of the piece seeming like a battle between organ and orchestra, here there is a clear, dance-like elegance and superb balance. The orchestra hit the tricky polyrhythmic transitions with faultless precision. In the process, Dutoit stores up some seriously potent energy which he applies in the final movement. Meanwhile, back in London, the tactic for Carneval des Animaux seems to be inverted. If Dutoit were Noah, he might find it difficult to fit all the animals into his Ark, as he doesn't always take their individual size and weight into account. The celebrity soloists are superb all round, but the proceedings are all so subtle that much of the humour goes amiss. Why conceal the jokes? Nevertheless, if the Organ Symphony is the main attraction here, the versatile Sinfonietta serve up a discrete, light and fluid Carneval Suite. --Yngvil V.G.

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4.0 out of 5 stars ffss - ? 4 April 2013
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"full frequency stereophonic sound" is what they used to call it and there is no doubt that with 20yr old Decca recordings you certainly do get the intense lush sound we associate with a full blown symphony orchestra (and Organ). On the other hand some Europeans are better with the more minimalist ensembles.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential interpretation for lovers of this symphony . . 8 Aug 1999
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On the whole, Dutoit's is a more satisfying performance than Levine's-- In Dutoit's hands, the slow movement,especially, is overpowering, like a gentle, cool wave of fresh water washing over the body, only this music reels in the spirit as well. Levine's charged approach in the outer movements works well-- the Berlin gets to unleash their brass to full effect-- but the slow movement lacks the magic present in the Dutoit. Dutoit's is a very French performance-- sparkling, smooth as silk, Romantic . . . And what attention to detail--what a glorious acoustic! I reveled in the cymbal crashes and piano flourishes, captured here with great clarity. The "Carnival of the Animals" is played with great charm, but there are better accounts, especially the Previn/ Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Philips).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grandeur 13 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Saint-Saens' Symphony #3, especially the first four movements (op. 78), truly resounds the grandeur of France. The fourth piece, Sym No.3 in c, 'Organ' Op.78: Maestoso-Allegro, was played during London's grandest World's Exposition in 1900, complete with cathedral pipe organ and full grand paino. This was written at a time when Europe had not yet lost its wondrous magic to existentialism and the industrial machine. Its a beautiful composition that holds in it the glory and genius of the Fin de Siecle spirit. This recording on the London label is the best I've yet to hear, and its tenor recalls the age of giants- of Hugo, Napoleon, and Europe's great flowering World's Expostitions. So refreshing to hear in our troubling modern time. Ecoutez soigneusement, pour c'est le grandeur!
5.0 out of 5 stars a fine performance 3 April 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I own only this recording of the "Organ" symphony, so I have no points of comparison, but it seems fine to me. The only question I might have is why, when the organ comes in like gangbusters in the Maestoso section of the second movement, the orchestra hasn't been afforded a bit more presence earlier in the aural picture. That said, though, the orchestra is well-recorded, and the textures of the individual instruments and groups come through well. Dutoit's pacing seems to me just right -- the adagio section of the first movement (really the "slow movement" of the symphony) is played with great feeling and a grave beauty -- the highlight of the piece, for all the organ shenanigans later. The first part of the second movement is really the "scherzo" of the piece -- it's absolutely delightful and is played with great spirit here. The final movement has plenty of weight, and Hurford makes his presence felt. The conversation, if that's the word, between the organ and the brass late in the symphony is pretty hair-raising, and I think it's the double-bassoon who makes his presence felt soon after. It gets close to the feeling of The Great Gate of Kiev by the end! A fine performance, then, of an ingenious and substantive symphony, that works by subtle thematic transformations rather than in the conventional manner. The filler is a good performance of the "Carnival of the Animals." It was recorded with a different group (small) in a different location and acoustic two years before the symphony. You might want to adjust the volume control.
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Saint-Saens Sound Monumental 29 Oct 2012
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Although my favorite recording of the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony remains the classic rendition conducted by Charles Munch, Dutoit's version has much to commend. It's a truly grand performance that imbues the work with the feeling of greatness, and it's my second choice behind the Munch. It also has the advantage of having as companion work the Carnival of the Animals in a perfectly fine rendition. Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony have done right by the composer on at least one other disc, a Saint-Saens collection that in my view is probably the best of its kind. The current disc, however, also gets my strong recommendation.
4.0 out of 5 stars Two popular works by Camille Saint-Saens 14 Aug 2012
By Dr. H. A. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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 Orchestra with Gaston Litaize at the organ. 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 with Michael Murray at the organ. With the Charles Dutoit recording, we have a substantial filler in `The Carnival of the Animals' with Pascal Rogé and Cristina Ortiz as soloists accompanied by Dutoit conducting the London Sinfonietta.
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