Saint-Saens Symphony No 3, "Organ", is one of my most favourite pieces of music.
Vigorous, life-affirming, majestic in some parts, in other parts, meditative, sensitive and delicate. And this particular rendition, by Michael Murray and the Philadelphia Orchestra, does the symphony full justice.
The second movement was of course used to good effect in the film "Babe" about the piglet who, at once accepting his fate in life, nonetheless determines and strives to fulfil and excel in the role life has allotted to him.
The second movement of this symphony projects an underlying natural spirituality, almost hymn-like quality that was well chosen as the musical… Read more