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Review of Saint Saens Organ Symphony,
This review is from: Saint-Saëns - Organ Symphony No. 3 (Audio CD)
When CDs were first launched in 1983, the Telarc label was synonymous with top quality recordings, particularly with regard to the recording of bass drums and dynamic range. Having already purchased a number of Telarc recordings and been suitably impressed, I was eager to hear their version of the Saent Saens Organ Symphony under Ormandy.
It is indeed a fine recording, with plenty of dynamic range, especially in the last movement, where the fortissimo organ entry really shakes the room. There are no other works on the disc, but at budget price, no complaints can be made in this quarter. The problem for this, and other versions, is the new recording under EschenbachSaint-Saens - Symphony No. 3 'Organ'/Poulenc - Organ Concerto/Barber - Toccata Festiva. The Slow second movement of this symphony, relies more than any other work, on the 32 foot organ pedal underpinning the orchestra, and the Eschenbach does this better than any other version I know. Unless you have a subwoofer in your system, you are unlikely to appreciate the difference, and in that case, the Ormandy version is perfectly adequate. A pity, the four movements are not individually indexed.