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on 18 January 2005
This has to be one of the most exhilarating pieces of music ever written. The first two movements are slow and very pleasant, but it is the third and fourth that really grab your attention. The highpoint of the symphony is the fourth movement, with its powerful organ part. This needs to be played at high volume, and not when youa re driving as you will find yourself bashing away at imaginary kettle drums as it plays!!
The symphony is known in our house as Saint Saens Kettle Drum Symphony as there are almost as much kettle drums in the piece as organ!! We play it regularly.
Also on the CD is The Sorcerer's Apprentice. I'm no expert, but the rendition of this doesn't sound quite as exciting as the one on another recording I have. If you don't have this piece anywhere then this is worth having, but don't buy it especially for this one. Buy it for the organ symphony.