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Essential Saint-Saëns CD

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  • Performer: Anita Priest, Joshua Bell, Marilyn Horne, Kyung-Wha Chung
  • Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Henry Lewis
  • Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Audio CD (23 Oct. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Double Decca
  • ASIN: B000025K5B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Well, let's get things straight. The collection is fabulous, the performances all top drawer as well as excellent sound. The violin concerto 3 is one of those under-played under-estimated pieces played here extremely well by Joshua Bell (not Kyung Wha Chung, contrary to a previous review). If you haven't heard it before, this CD will impress. The opening of the concerto is wonderfully sonorous and striking. The wonderful second movement where the clarinets and violin solo play arpeggios several octaves apart is hauntingly beautiful, almost otherworldly. Written for the great virtuoso Sarasate, this is violinistic and memorable.

The piano concerto is fine. Great playing and very good rapport with orchetra and soloist.

Kyung-Wha Chung plays the Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, and Havanaise, with exceptional musicianship for pieces which are essentialy vehicles for virtuosic display. Her skills make the performances sound effortless, and her musical passion makes these throughly enjoyable and as fine performances as you will ever hear - characterful without idiosyncracy, wonderful playing by one of the iconic musicians of her generation.

Danse Macabre, Carnival des Animaux, just excellent.

The Organ Symphony is lovely, not the finest performance for avid connoisseurs, but a very warm appealing version with a lovely last movement.

Buy this and just enjoy. I did.
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I'm no classical buff but this CD is sublime!! I especially like The Danse Macabre just for the name of it!
You'll recognise lots of tunes from Charlie Chaplin films, and the whole CD hasn't got one duff track on it!!
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I had the version on this CD of the St Saens 3rd Symphony on vinyl when it came out in the 1970's. The recording of the LAPO under Zubin Mehta in the Royce hall of the University of California is brilliant. All of their recordings of this period were highly rated for the fine and detailed quality of the sound captured in the halls acoustic.

Excellent sound on the CD of a 40 year old recording. Recommended.
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I bought this albumn because of the brilliant performance of the great Organ Symphony, which I had heard on the radio many years ago and which I had tried for so long to find. The whole selection is delightful and very well performed. This is by far the most exciting version of the Organ Symphony that I have ever heard.
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I am new to Saint-Saens having been encouraged to listen to him by my wife. I have to say that after two hearings I am already become a convert. What a pleasant surprise to come across a composer I had barely listened to who clearly has concise vision for his work. I find his work refreshingly uncluttered by unnecessary layers. The rhythms and melodies are individual and Work well. The extract from Samson and Delila is fast becoming a favourite. What really surprised me most though was to find that this is one of the best Red Book recordings of classical music I have encountered, which is remarkable given that it was mastered 20 years ago! Well done Camille Saint-Saens and Decca.
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Recently I gave a talk on Saint Saens at my local music society and played several extracts of his music all of which were taken from this CD. I have other recording of some of the tracks but those on this cd are better especially those that are conducted by Charles Dutoit. Kyung-Wha Chung the violin soloist in the violin concerto is also of a terrific standard and gives a performance saint saens would be proud of. I would highly recommend this CD to you.
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Overall an exceptional recording by Ricci and this orchestra. Well balanced and a joy to listen to.
The third concerto is my wife's favourite and she was not disappointed.
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