Apart from a handful of enduring chestnuts--Sampson and Delilah; Carnival of the Animals; the Organ Symphony, etc.-- Saint Saens' reputation has faded for the modern listener. Yet no less a critic than Marcel Proust considered him the greatest symphonic composer since Beethoven. The under-performed Third Piano Concerto makes a powerful case for his genius. Melodic, constantly inventive and completely absorbing, it stands high among the piano concerti of its era. Collard and Previn have a perfect collaboration--virtuosic without being too flashy. The better known Fifth Concerto is equally well presented and the sound is good.