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Saint-saens: Organ Symphony; Piano Concerto No. 2

Virtuoso / Hurford / Dutoit / Roge
Release Date: 07/24/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001708002   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Peter HurfordPascal Rogé
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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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
Written: 1886 
Length: 33 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
Length: 23 Minutes 37 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony": 1a. Adagio - Allegro moderato -
Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony": 1b. Poco adagio
Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony": 2a. Allegro moderato - Presto - Allegro moderato
Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony": 2b. Maestoso - Più allegro - Molto allegro
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22: 1. Andante sostenuto
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22: 2. Allegro scherzando
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22: 3. Presto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Organ Symphony Sets the Standard November 15, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Camille Saint-Saens' Symphony # 3 may be considered one of the 'warhorses' of the mainstream classical canon, but this sensational performance by Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra shows Saint-Saens in a fresh new light. What a stunningly beautiful recording this is! Tempos, orchestral phrasing, dynamics all seem perfect, and Peter Hurford's organ passages create an irresistibly atmospheric overlay over the entire structure. I simply cannot imagine another recording surpassing this one, despite the existence of many truly great recordings on the market. Then there is the 2nd Piano Concerto, performed by Pascal Roge', with Charles Dutoit conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Like the symphony, this work is a masterpiece and is likewise played with elegance, commitment, and even reverence. Recorded in the early 1980's and recently re-released as part of Decca/Deutsche Grammophon's Virtuoso series, the disk is an absolute winner by any standard. In short, Charles Dutoit's readings of these works deserve a place in anyone's collection, and if you are in the market for your first Organ Symphony, look no further. Highest recommendation!" Report Abuse
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