Notes and Editorial Reviews
Each time I listen to a new recording from Charles Dutoit I am reminded of his famous French predecessor in the gramophone world. Pierre Monteux had similar gifts, bringing a nat urally sympathetic response to the widest range of repertoire and, even more important, bringing everything fully to life in the studio. With Dutoit—as with Monteux—his records have both immediacy and natural spontaneity and one has the sense of being at a live performance. So it is with this splendid new digital record of SaintSaens's Third Symphony which also confirms yet again what an excellent orchestra—in every department—is the Montreal group. The recording itself is transparently detailed and everything that Dutoit does is clearly conveyed. The strings are
given a thrilling brilliance above the stave— there is a hint of digital edge but the quality is truthful—and for the symphony's closing pages (and indeed the actual entry of the organ) the weight of the sound is very impressive.
-- Gramophone [3/1983]
reviewing the original LP release of the Organ Symphony
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