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The prospect of a little-known Saint-Saëns orchestral work might not set the heart racing, but just wait until you hear ‘La foi’. Ample amends for a century’s unaccountable neglect are made with this magnificent new recording—so much more than a prelude to the ‘organ’ symphony.
Fischer leads a superb, thoroughly enjoyable reading of Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony; his sense of pacing and architecture masterly indeed. And although the three tableaux drawn from incidental music to Eugène Brieux’s play La foi are a roughly sewn stylistic hotchpotch full of dull as well as striking passages, Fischer seems to believe in every note.
The first movement could have more fire, and the Poco adagio more flow, but the Scherzo is quite wonderfully sharp and clear, and the finale suitably grand but never too heavy. Excellent engineering certainly helps, with Paul Jacobs’ organ intelligently balanced and well-integrated into the sonic framework.
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