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Saint-saens: Symphony No 3, Le Déluge, Etc / Barenboim, Et Al


Release Date: 08/01/2003 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 474612   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gaston LitaizeAlain Moglia
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This celebrated recording of Saint-Saëns' Third stands as one of the very few performances to challenge the acclaimed Munch/Boston version on RCA. It features playing of great panache (with a truly high-voltage finale), and if the strings in the first-movement allegro aren't as tidy as some, Barenboim more than compensates by taking the movement gratifyingly up to speed. The big question for most collectors concerns the remastering, and here I have to say that it strikes me as an unqualified success.


Many performances dub in the organ part separately, most disastrously in Karajan's Berlin/Notre Dame digital horror show for this same label, and it's usually not a very good idea. Here, however, is the exception
Read more that proves the rule. The organ at Chartres Cathedral not only sounds much better than its Paris counterpart for Karajan, but it has been very skillfully blended into the mix (and brought slightly more forward than in previous remasterings) and thus makes an excellent foil to the "take no prisoners" playing of the Chicago Symphony. Remastering also brings more back-to-front depth and a deeper, richer bass, thus reversing the tendency toward dryness that characterized the previous CD reissue on Galleria. Toss in the colorfully played and very well recorded couplings, and this remains a recording of choice and one that both deserves and sustains its status as a true "classic". [10/4/2003]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gaston Litaize (Organ)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1886 
2.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Bacchanale by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1877 
3.
Le déluge, Op. 45: Prelude by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Alain Moglia (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
4.
Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.3 In C Minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony": 1. Adagio - Allegro moderato - 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": 3. Maestoso - Allegro
Samson et Dalila / Act 3: Bacchanale
Le Déluge op.45, Poème biblique
Danse macabre, Op.40

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