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Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 "Organ" / Stern, Kansas City Symphony


Release Date: 07/08/2016 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 136   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Noah GellerMark GibbsJan Kraybill
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album has already been released on compact disc in 2015. It was subsequently garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Classical Engineering. Now listeners can enjoy this brilliant recording in SACD Surround Sound. These great works are interpreted by Michael Stern. Stern is in his second decade of working with the Kansas City Symphony, and during his tenure the ensemble has been hailed for its artistic ascent, organizational stability, audience growth, and original programming. The centerpiece of this album, Saint Saens’ Symphony No. 3 “Organ,” was completed at the height of the composer’s career in 1886. Of the work, the composer wrote, “I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve Read more again.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Noah Geller (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Venue:  Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the P 
Length: 9 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
La muse et le počte, Op. 132 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Noah Geller (Violin), Mark Gibbs (Cello)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; France 
Venue:  Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the P 
Length: 16 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Jan Kraybill (Organ)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1886 
Venue:  Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the P 
Length: 35 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 An Impressive Recording From a Technical Point of January 27, 2019 By Joseph  F. (Stamford, CT) See All My Reviews "This beautifully recorded performance of the Saint-Saens Third Symphony fails in comparison to the wonderfully exciting recorded performances of the BSO under Munch or the Parry or Ormandy recordings with the Detroit and Philadelphians, respectively. They have an energy and an intensity that brings you to your feet and makes the heart race. You want to listen to that final movement over and over again. This recording is very journeyman in its musicality. It is all right, and the organ sounds wonderful, albeit a bit lumbering, but on the whole it lacks enthusiasm and well, "greatness". In summary it is not exciting except for the wonderful HDCD recording technique which makes it top drawer from a technical standpoint, but not for musical interpretation." Report Abuse
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