Two magnificent French symphonies coupled on one disc. The Bizet is a light-hearted early work and this delectable recording by Haitink and the Concertgebouw has too long been out of the catalogue. Its sentiments aren’t that far removed from ‘Jeux d’enfants‘ (Children’s Games) – an orchestration of selected pieces from the piano-duet suite of the same name.
Edo de Waart made two Philips recordings of the Saint-Saens ‘Organ Symphony’ and this magnificent recording made in San Francisco shortly after the Rufatti organ was installed, has been out of the catalogue for several years. It’s a real hi-fi spectacular and deservedly returns to the catalogue … at super-budget price.
Symphony in C
Jeux d’enfants Op. 22: Petite suite
Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam
Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 ‘Organ Symphony’
Jean Guillou, organ
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Edo de Waart
Recordings: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, September 1977 (Bizet); Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, April 1984 (Saint-Saëns)
‘A superb version of the “Organ” Symphony, one of the great modern recordings of the piece … … You won’t find a better disc of these two marvelous French symphonies anywhere, for any price’ 10/10 ClassicsToday.com
‘an agile and exciting version of Saint-Saens “Organ” Symphony’ Limelight
‘Haitink’s Bizet Symphony always has been a reference recording, distinguished by its stunning playing and unfailing elegance of phrasing … You won’t find a better disc of these two marvelous French symphonies anywhere, for any price’ 10/10 ClassicsToday.com
‘Bizet’s youthful Symphony takes wing in this glorious performance by Haitink and the Concertgebouw, whose polish and finesse also enliven the charming Jeux d’enfants’ Limelight
‘When organist Jean Guillou launches the finale we realise what a mighty beast is the Ruffatti Organ in Davies Hall’ [Saint-Saens] MusicWeb