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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. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Organic French March 15, 2015 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "This is one of a number of recordings reissued by Decca/DG in the budget Virtuoso series. I'm not sure if the ''Organ'' Symphony would make it on my top 20 list but it is an interesting, enjoyable work that any serious art music lover should have in their collection. This is a very good performance by a top rate orchestra and conductor. The recording is like wise quite good although I was going bonkers at one point over what I perceived to be an artifical boost in the volume. I then read an interview of Dutoit by Bruce Duffie of Chicago's Classical 97, WNIB wherein Dutioit stated of his Montreal church recordings that ''If you hear something too loud in one of our recordings, it's not the engineers' fault, it's our fault.'' Having said that, I have no hesitation in recommending this disc, especially at its bargain $9 price. However, I think this CD comes in behind the Mercury Living Prescence disc by Paul Paray/Detroit SO and the RCA Living Stereo disc by Charles Munch/Boston SO (''Still the greatest recording of the Organ Symphony ever made.'' David Hurwitz, Classics Today). P.S. After additional listening sessions of this disc I have elevated my opinion of both the composition and Dutoit's rendering of it. I also think that the Piano Concerto on this disc is a much more compatabile companion piece than those on the RCA and Mercury discs. So, all things considered, I now believe that this is the best first choice (although Munch's is still THE best)." Report Abuse
 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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