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Saint-Saëns, Poulenc, Barber / Latry, Eschenbach, et al

Album Summary

>Barber, Samuel : Toccata Festiva for organ & orchestra, Op. 36
>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ"
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"This salute to a new organ finds the Philadelphia in mouth-watering form. (...) Eschenbach's intuitive reading [of Saint-Saens's "Organ" Symphony] casts the work in a rich perspective (...). The organ shows its stature with palpable depth in the first movement and majestic presence in the finale; but the real star of the show here is the Philadelphia Orchestra itself. (...) the string entry just before the close of the first section is, as they say, to die for." -Gramophone. "Just on the basis of the Saint-Saens symphony, this disc is among the best out there. It boasts a French suaveness showing the Philadelphia strings at their best, but also an edgy grandeur, especially in the way that the final movement is played like a matter of life and death. (...) The sound quality is the best Ondine release yet, well-focused but spacious, allowing the microphone-friendly organ and orchestra to blend beautifully." -The Philadelphia Inquirer

BBC Music Magazine
It is a breathtaking achievement. There is passion, but precision, technically well-nigh faultless.



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Works Details

>Barber, Samuel : Toccata Festiva for organ & orchestra, Op. 36
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 24 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1938
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ"
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 37 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Live