Magazine article The Tracker

Symphony No. 3, "Organ," Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, la Muse et le Poête

Magazine article The Tracker

Symphony No. 3, "Organ," Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, la Muse et le Poête

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Camille Saint-Saëns, Symphony No. 3, "Organ," Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, La Muse et le poète, Michael Stern conducting the Kansas City Symphony, Jan Kraybill, organist; Noah Geiler, violin; Mark Gibbs, cello. Reference Recordings, RR-136, www.referencerecordings.com. This is the fourth recording of this marvelous work I've been given for review in the last year or so. It started with the Roths, père et fils, performing at Saint-Sulpice, which remains my favorite. Following was a recording with the Orchestre National de Lyon with Vincent Warnier playing the Cavaillé-Coll originally built for the Trocadéro and now located in Lyon, and James O'Donnell playing the newly-refurbished Harrison & Harrison at Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic.

Now comes a new one from Kansas City, Mo. With the exception of the first, all of these are celebrating either a new organ or an organ in a new guise. I suspect that as long as we continue to have new concert halls with fine organs we'll have new recordings of the Saint-Saëns, because there's no other work that so fabulously establishes the wonder of a great orchestra paired with a magnificent organ. …

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