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Saint-SaŽns : Symphony No.3 & Poulenc : Organ Concerto - Apex
 
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Saint-SaŽns : Symphony No.3 & Poulenc : Organ Concerto - Apex

1 Sept. 1992 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Sept. 1992
  • Release Date: 1 Sept. 1992
  • Label: Warner Classics International
  • Copyright: 2001 Warner Classics UK
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  • Total Length: 1:11:15
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  • ASIN: B001F35Y2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,696 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 July 2014
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My favourite recording is from the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy, 1899-1985, with E. Powers Biggs, 1906-77, as soloist on the Aeolian-Skinner Symphony Hall Organ. I have never been completely sure how much I am influenced by the latter’s name! There are five versions of this combination, three from 1957, and one each from 1963 and 1978, the latter presumably being issued as a memorial tribute to the organist.

The work was dedicated to the composer’s friend, Liszt, who died in 1886, shortly before the work was published. The orchestral forces are Wagnerian, plus the famous fours hands on a piano.

This CD, which includes Saint-Saens’ ‘Danse macabre’, also recorded by Ormandy, and ‘Le Rouet d’Omphale’, as well as Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings of 1938, brings together Marie-Claire Alain, 1926-2013, and the French Radio National Orchestra under Jean Martinon, 1910-76. Unforgivably, the location of the organ is not given whilst the recordings are from 1966-71.

There is a distinctly Gallic flavor to Martinon’s accompaniment and Alain finds a level of musical monumentality that never topples over into supersonic noise. She does not try to dominate the orchestra and but builds from her entry at the start of the finale. Soloist and conductor see the symphony as a structured whole rather than seeking to wring out the maximum of noise and excitement. Whilst the latter approach might pay dividends in the concert hall, it rapidly loses its impact on LP or CD. Few other versions create as much excitement, as opposed to mere volume in the finale. The performances of Karajan and Bernstein both drip with Romantic pretension.
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A great coupling, with the sensational Saint-Saens 3rd Symphony and the wonderful Poulenc Concerto. Not top quality sound, but convincing stuff.
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Next month I'll be taking part in a performance of the Poulenc. I bought the CD as a way of getting to know the work. It's a good performance nd I shan't be deleting it once our performance is history.

The Sans-Saens has pop appeal and this version is worth acquiring.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8aed9bd0) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x8acee150) out of 5 stars THE Performance of this Symphony 19 May 2007
By Don M. Stalter - Published on Amazon.com
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The original recording was made in 1966. Of course it lacks the super-hi fidelity of todays DDD recordings, however, the performance of Marie Clair Alain and that of conductor Jean Martinon by far overshadows the shortcomings of fidelity. I have three other performances of this work and have heard actually dozens more and this disc tops them all. It was like hearing the great Symphony for the first time.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8acee3a8) out of 5 stars The Glory That Was France 3 April 2006
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD is especially appreciated as a reminder of the prominent position France once held in the musical and artistic world as well as the international arena. I mean, how much more French could you get - Camille Saint-Saens, Francis Poulenc and Marie-Claire Alain - three musical giants.

This is really a wonderful album, deeply felt, the Gallic flavor quite intense. It is NOT just an organ CD: "Le Rouet D'Omphale" and "Danse Macabre" are included as well as the two signature works - the Third Symphony by Saint-Saens and the Concerto for Organ in G Minor by Poulenc. In an ironic turn, the (in my opinion) inferior Saint-Saens has triumphed in the public mind over the far superior Poulenc. When one considers the treatment of the organ and orchestra, there is no contest. Also, the work by Poulenc had a striking originality - from the gargantuan theme to the "merry go round" finale (what a stroke of genius).

Although the Third Symphony pales slightly by comparison, Alain gives her 110% as she does on all her recordings. She has stated in the past that she has no national preference but undeniably she arises to the occasion when performing Widor, Vierne, Franck or any works by her own famous relatives. This CD is an easy five star. PLEASE - if you want to hear the organ in all its glory (it's the famous Saint Sulpice), purchase GREAT TOCCATAS with Ms. Alain - a stunning work of incredible virtuosity.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8acee5e8) out of 5 stars Outstanding in every way 7 May 2005
By HB - Published on Amazon.com
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Jean Martinon was a superior conductor, especially in his native French repertoire. This CD has excellent sound, great orchestral playing and highly musical interpretations. Everything sounds just right. If you buy this CD, program it to end with the symphony. It will give you 71 minutes of pure, musical pleasure.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Jorge - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a magnificent recording that will show off the capabilities of any sound system.
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