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  Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, Debussy: La Mer - Munch
  Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 "Organ", Debussy: La Mer, Ibert: Escales

Berj Zamkochian (organ)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by regnaD kciN November 26, 2004 (18 of 20 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I utterly fail to understand sgb's review. This record (at least the Saint-Saens portion of it) has been a favorite of mine since the original LP. I think I have owned a copy of every version ever released on black or silver disc, most re-releases of which have diminished the sonic experience in one way or another. This SACD is the FIRST re-release I've yet heard give a full taste of the sonic glories of the original "shaded dog," and quickly earns a place on my "desert island" list.

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Review by Monteverdi October 13, 2004 (10 of 12 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
It is a thrill to have the Saint-Saens performance on SACD in its original three-channel, unsurpassed performance glory. It is, for someone who has lived with this recording from the first vinyl release, a thrill beyond words to have it now in Super Audio. I recently heard this piece for during the dedication performances of the new organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic lead by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Certainly, no recording can duplicate the experience or aural splendor of hearing this symphony live. And as wonderful as it was, Charles Munch in this 1959 recording is still able to bring more glory, sensuality and abandon to this music. The SACD betters the JVC remastering of a few years back, with more brilliance and air. This is truly a landmark performance. Also, hearing it live revealed that the organ can and does, save the brass, completely obliterate the orchestra during the final page of the work. Richard Mohr and Lewis Layton were able to balance the organ by moving the orchestra out from the stage and onto a platform over the seats. As you can hear, it was a brilliant solution.
Dating from December 9 & 10, 1956, La Mer and Escales are less sonically brilliant, but no less satisfying as performances, full of enthusiasm and commitment.
The sonic issues others seemed to have experienced were not in evidence on my copy.
©AE 2004

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Review by thepilot November 28, 2004 (10 of 14 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
This is another fabulous transfer of the original Living Stereo master tapes, and the sound quality is quite sensational. The sound quality is as good as the Ravel Daphnis and Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra Living Stereo SACD's, and the performance now sounds better than ever, thanks to the added resolution of the DSD format. Munch conducts the symphony and Debussy's La Mer better than any other conductor. An essential disc and along with the Ravel and the Bartok, the best SACD in the RCA Living Stereo catalogue.

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Works: 3  

Claude Debussy - La Mer, L 109
Jacques Ibert - Escales
Camille Saint-Saëns - Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ"