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Saint-Saëns, Poulenc / Hurford, Dutoit

Release Date: 02/13/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000837502   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsFrancis Poulenc
Performer:  Peter Hurford
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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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 Read more 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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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1886 
Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 

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