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Which St Saens Organ Symphony On EClassical?

 

They have several different albums and I was wondering which one to get :)

 

eClassical - Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ Symphony"

eClassical - Saint-Saëns: Works for Organ & Orchestra

eClassical - Ravel: Orchestral Works - Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony

 

Thanks for the help-

 

The Slatkin recording has gotten good reviews, however there are MANY recordings of this work available, probably much better ones as well. Why are you limiting yourself to what is on eClassical? Everyone has their own favorites of this piece, I predict you will get more help than you hoped for. :)

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Munch and Paray as suggested by Kal Rubinson above are the most famous classic recordings of this piece.

 

Let me add two contemporary ones that I really like, and both are available on eclassical, as well as elsewhere.

 

Nézet-Séguin with the LPO:

 

eClassical - Poulenc: Organ Concerto - Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ"

 

and the Kansas Symphony on Reference Recordings:

 

eClassical - Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor "Organ Symphony", Introduction et rondo capriccioso in A Minor & La muse et le poète

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Still the standard bearer for me and I have 6 others:

 

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It's a sentimental thing as the piece was one my Dad played a lot when I was a kid and I am a big Murray fanboy (not to mention Ormandy!)- and organ in general.

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None of the above.

 

I suggest:

Munch (RCA)

Eschenbach (Ondine)

Paray (Mercury)

 

Thanks :)

I should add, excellence in performance is a given. However, I would like a contemporary production or absolutely pristine analog transfer but would prefer if it was recorded with modern high resolution equipment.

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Another oldie but goodie. A long time TAS Super Disc.

 

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Again it is vinyl. Not sure about CD releases.

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I was fortunate to hear Munch conducting the BSO in the mid '60's with Berj Zamkochian playing the organ at Symphony Hall in Boston, the same forces as in the 1961 recording, done about 5 years earlier. Probably the performance to die for. I certainly still remember it 50 years later. There is an SACD if you want a digital version - I have the record, so I can't comment about quality.

 

None of the above.

 

I suggest:

Munch (RCA)

Eschenbach (Ondine)

Paray (Mercury)

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Munch and Paray as suggested by Kal Rubinson above are the most famous classic recordings of this piece. Let me add two contemporary ones that I really like, and both are available on eclassical, as well as elsewhere.

Nézet-Séguin with the LPO:

and the Kansas Symphony on Reference Recordings:

I was disappointed by both of these.

 

Another oldie but goodie. A long time TAS Super Disc.

Again it is vinyl. Not sure about CD releases.

I like this one with Fremaux/CBSO but the sound has not been well transferred to digital.

 

I was fortunate to hear Munch conducting the BSO in the mid '60's with Berj Zamkochian playing the organ at Symphony Hall in Boston, the same forces as in the 1961 recording, done about 5 years earlier. Probably the performance to die for. I certainly still remember it 50 years later. There is an SACD if you want a digital version - I have the record, so I can't comment about quality.
I used to think so, too, but it is a bit too fast IMHO. Still thrilling.

 

I am somewhat embarrassed to say that I have all of the recordings mentioned in this thread and the 3 I listed are the ones I return to.

Kal Rubinson

Senior Contributing Editor, Stereophile

 

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I'm not an expert, I think the Munch is good. It also has the advantage of being on a hybrid SACD.

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I was disappointed by both of these.

 

I like this one with Fremaux/CBSO but the sound has not been well transferred to digital.

 

I used to think so, too, but it is a bit too fast IMHO. Still thrilling.

 

I am somewhat embarrassed to say that I have all of the recordings mentioned in this thread and the 3 I listed are the ones I return to.

 

Kal,

Smetana's Ma Vlast and St Saen's Organ Symphony got me started on classical music

Thanks for your suggestions

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