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Symphony No. 3, "Organ" / Organ Concerto / Toccata Festiva [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

Camille Saint-Saens , Francis Poulenc , Samuel Barber , Christoph Eschenbach , The Philadelphia Orchestra , Olivier Latry Audio CD
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listen  9. Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, "Organ": I. Adagio - Allegro moderato -10:38Album Only
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  • Performer: Olivier Latry
  • Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
  • Composer: Camille Saint-Saens, Francis Poulenc, Samuel Barber
  • Audio CD (February 13, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Ondine
  • ASIN: B000LP4OII
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This disc is drawn from the concerts inaugurating the new organ in Philadelphia's concert hall, a fine instrument well-captured by the engineers. But along with the sense of occasion, organist Olivier Latry and the orchestra deliver stunning playing of a stimulating program. Barber's celebratory overture is an apt opener, full of color and sparkle. The Poulenc is especially notable for the intensity soloist and the orchestra bring to one of the finest modern concertos in the repertory. Saint-Saëns' Symphony is almost on the same level, slightly marred by a sluggish slow movement but with plenty of excitement elsewhere. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this disc is the playing of the orchestra, full of life and vitality. The sheer sound of the Philadelphia strings is captivating enough, but the fetching wind solo turns and section work remind us of the continuing greatness of this ensemble. Latry too, is outstanding in the Barber and Poulenc works and an incisive presence in the Saint-Saëns. -- Dan Davis

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars killer organ/orchestra disc February 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you want an organ and orchestra, sound-spectacular, look no further than here. If, like me, you listen to your newest Saint-Saen "Organ" symphony by jumping to the start of the fourth movement; well, let me tell you, the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ just about knocked me on my can! It has a huge sound, but - as David Hurwitz mentioned in his less than thoroughly enthused review - there's no hint of steeliness in the tone of this monster; which is my main complaint about the large organs that have been installed at S.F.'s Davies Hall, and Dallas' Meyerson Hall. This one simply tops them. Let's start at the beginning.

I love the Barber "Toccata Festiva". If a recording of it existed with Ormandy, I've never heard it, and don't recall ever having seen it. No matter - it couldn't possibly be better than this one. Think of one of Barber's "Essay For Orchestra" pieces (there are three of them), crossed with the "Wild Hunt" scene from Schoenberg's "Gurrelieder"; then add a giant organ than moves in and out of the foreground - that might give you some idea what this piece sounds like. All that's missing is Schoenberg's rattling of the chains. At 16 minutes, it's a perfect organ inaugeration type work. But what I will admit to you, is that have a very poor basis of comparison on the Poulenc organ concerto. It's not a work that I've warmed to over the years (love the harpsichord concerto: Concert Champetre).

That being the case, I can imagine that the Eschenbach/Latry partnership is a bit less nimble on its feet than some of its highly distinguished predecessors, such as Munch/Boston. Just don't rely on me to do the comparison because I just don't care enough to bother at this point.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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After I heard this CD, I thought, why is Eschenbach being forced out of Philadelphia? This is ample proof that there will be a major loss. This concert must have been absolutely spectacular in the hall. My favorite is the Barber Toccata Festiva. This piece is very lucky on CD. It was commissioned by one of Barber's most infulential patrons, Mary Louise Curts Bok for the new organ dedication. So this work is a natural for this concert which was for the dedication of the new organ at Verizon Hall. Previous recordings have been stellar: Biggs/Ormandy (on a still-sounding wonderfully Sony CD), Schraeder/Kalmar (on an unmissable Cedille CD dedicating Orchestra Hall Chicago's new organ),. The Trotter/Alsop recording was promising considering her other stellar Barber recordings, but that one just didn't get off the ground. The Schmidt/Wildner recording on Audite is also quite fine, but gear shifts hinder it's effectiveness for me (this also includes the Saint Saens 3rd in a rather slow-ish recording.) Here, everything is right-and the balance between organ and orchestra is stellar! The end of the work is fantastic with the joyous applause at the end. The Poulenc is a little slow perhaps, slower than my comparison recording of Marie-Claire Alain/Conlon on Erato. The Saint-Saens also suffers from a little budging of tempo here and there but does not distort the flow of the work although Eschenbach allows for a huge slowdown right before the end of the piece-it says "Pesante" there, not "Molto Allargando". Despite my caveats, this cd is mighty impressive and should be testimony to Eschenbach, the Philly Orchestra, Ondine for their superlative sonics, and the Organist Latry and the wonderful instrument!!
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Realistic sound, but some musical concerns... March 23, 2007
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I attended the first of the three Verizon Hall organ dedicatory concerts in May 2006 from which this program was taken. Ondine's 5.0 recording very closely matches my aural memory of the evening. The orchestra sound is well focused if a little distant, as if it had trouble getting off the stage out into the house. On the other hand, the organ blossoms in the space, engaging the entire hall. The Dobson organ--in real life and on disc--has seemingly unlimited power yet, paradoxically, an elegant and restrained tonal quality that never tires the ear. The Dobson has a more subtle palette than, say, the Meyerson Fisk in Dallas, which is perhaps why even full organ has absolutely no stridency. Recorded balances between organ and orchestra are realistic. If you are interested in this disc as a sound demonstration disc, an example of the Dobson, or a souvenir of a festive occasion, ignore the header and consider this a five-star recommendation. The performances, unfortunately, are another matter.

The best news first...Latry and company turn in an excellent Barber "Toccata Festiva". This is a muscular performance that doesn't shy away from the work's darker side. Unavailable for many years on CD, there are now quite a number of very good recordings of the Toccata. This one is first-rate. Perhaps only Ormandy/Biggs (on the 1960s vintage Aeolian-Skinner for which Barber wrote the work) have been as successful as Eschenbach/Latry at getting to the substance beneath the Toccata's celebratory flourishes.

Unfortunately, the Poulenc is simply not a contender. There is a slackness to the performance, enhanced by some rather fussy phrasing that defuses the work's cumulative effect. Worse, there is no sense of humor in evidence.
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What a FABULOUS recording! All the way around, top notch. I put this on a $40,000+ 5-Ch. Paradigm Signature S8, Signature Sub, Anthem D2V/A5 setup and HOLY CRAP! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Drew Worthen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Recording
This is my third CD with the Organ symphony and the recording quality on this one is by far the best. Also, the organ is far superior in comparison to the others. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jonathan McElvain
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing in Saint-Saens Symphony 3
As one who heard Ormandy and the Philadelphians back in the '40s at the Academy of Music, I was vastly disappointed in what Eschenbach and his engineers did to the Saint-Saens... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stanley M. Slome
5.0 out of 5 stars A set of stellar, inspired performances on wonderful instruments in a...
If you truly appreciate the works of Saint-Saens and Barber, your collection and musical exploration will forever remain incomplete until you hear the 3rd Symphony performed in the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Grossly Irrelevant
5.0 out of 5 stars A Popular Work Impressively Performed Before a Live Audience
This is a very enjoyable recording and provides good entertainment for those who love the third organ symphony. Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by David Bower
5.0 out of 5 stars Impeccable Organ!
This CD has just everything you want for powerful organ, Olivier Latry performs beautifully these works and this is the best you'll ever come across, The Toccata Festiva-Barber,... Read more
Published on January 30, 2012 by R. Hawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Organ Symphony
My ears were wonderfully delighted when I listened to this recording for the first time! The orchestra has such a rich and full sound and the interpretation is first rate under... Read more
Published on September 3, 2011 by Classical Aficionado
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan of other Philly disks but this is great, fantastic sound
I've heard some of the Tchaikovsky symphonies from Eschenbach and the Philly orchestra and have not been impressed. I've taken them back to the store. Read more
Published on February 20, 2011 by G. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Recording
Sonically spectacular. For a change with these pieces the organ receives standout recording; you get to hear every note. The playing is superb.
Published on August 10, 2010 by William Catherwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Organ Concert
This SACD from a series of concerts in Phillidelphia, show what a modern organ can do in the right hands and feet. Read more
Published on August 20, 2008 by Neaklaus
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