As an Organist myself, I daresay this is the ONE AND ONLY CD that sort of opened my ears and BURST inside...
- there's high grade HiFi equipment in my living room ( or else a pair of Professional BEYER Studio quality DT 990 Pro Headphones....but in that case...beware of your listening capabilities afterwards :-)) You might have to see a specialised surgeon !
- this seems to be the ONLY Cd recorded with the mighty Organ , not of a Concert Hall -as gorgeous as they may be....Eschenbach, etc -
but on myriad of pipes played by the late French (blind) organist Gaston LITAIZE
ON THE SPLENDID INSTRUMENT OF CHARTRES CATHEDRAL in France !!! .....
So that it first implied some tricks from the audio engineers , as I think Gaston Litaize was wearing headphones on the organ loft, in which he heard the orchestra !
But once diverse problems were solved out, you can understand an organ playing alongside with the recorded echo of a massive Cathedral like that one,
CAN'T BE COMPARED to the overall rendering of EVEN the MOST BEAUTIFUL organ inside the MOST BEAUTIFUL Concert Hall (in which the acoustics are designed to keep
any echo to a strict minimum...).
And as the recorded frequencies on that CD nearly extend DOWN to the lowest sounds one can draw from one or several 32foot Pedal Stops : just imagine the result !
Now, YES : if you play that record too loud, there's a REAL risk of being NO LONGER on speaking terms with your neighbours .....(lol)
Conclusion : other versions of Saint-Saens's Symphony ARE beautiful....but none will ever be equal to Barenboim and Litaize !
Incidentally, don't rely on me for breaking glasses or a window in the living room to make myself clear (lol, again...).
With my very best greetings from Southern France,