Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 (CD)

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Paul Jacobs, Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer

The prospect of a little-known Saint-Saëns orchestral work might not set the heart racing, but just wait until you hear ‘La foi’. Ample amends for a century’s unaccountable neglect are made with this magnificent new recording—so much more than a prelude to the ‘organ’ symphony.

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Gramophone Magazine

"Fischer leads a superb, thoroughly enjoyable reading of Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony…And although the three tableaux drawn from incidental music to Eugène Brieux’s play La foi are a roughly sewn stylistic hotchpotch full of dull as well as striking passages, Fischer seems to believe in every note."

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The Classical Music Collector:

Saint-Saëns’ Third “Organ” Symphony continues to cast its spell. The Utah Symphony under Thierry Fischer offer us a powerful and compelling reading of this familiar work. And that could have been that for this CD, but for the decision to balance the symphony with a virtually unknown and substantial Saint-Saëns work, the half-hour long Trois tableaux symphoniques d'après La foi, excerpted from music he wrote for a play in 1909. This work concerns itself with Ancient Egypt, giving Saint-Saëns the opportunity to use a range of mildly exotic scales and instrumental colours in his inimitably inventive way, managing to stay poised between good taste and orientalism. Sandwiched in-between these two impressive works is the utterly charming Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila.

- Chris Dench