Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Klavier) Camille Saint-Saëns – ‘Organ’ Symphony No. 3 (Louis Fremaux)

Without a doubt, one of the best performances of SS’ 3rd Symphony
Fremaux’s performance of the “Organ” Symphony is the only version I have ever felt was worthy of mentioning in the same breath as Charles Munch’s famous 1959 RCA recording with the Boston Symphony. What’s more, the Fremaux performance deserves its multiple releases. The interpretation displays energy, zest, excitement, and grace aplenty, with a second-movement Adagio that flows over the listener in soft, warm waves.

Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Organist: Christopher Robinson
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Louis Fremaux
Vinyl (1973)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Klavier
Size: 710 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

This is a powerful remaster of EMI’s masterpiece, in limited edition from Klavier, USA.

I feel I must offer my enthusiastic recommendation of Fremaux superb performance of the great Saint-Saens organ symphony. This is a vibrant, beautifully played, thoroughly French approach which no less an authority than Gramophone magazine considers one of the best recordings of this seminal work of this greatly gifted but occassionally superfluous composer (his piano concerti, for example, are extraordinarily variable.) No such qualifications, however, for the 3rd symphony. Fremaux, who preceded Simon Rattle at Bournemouth, exercises complete control over this very good British band which was, for years, obliged to languish in the shadow of the plethora of more celebrated London orchestras. In any case, this is simply a grand performance.

Analyzed folder: /Volumes/HDMUSIC/   Work on HiResMusic/96kSaSa_Sy3_Fre/96k Saint-Saens – (Organ)Symphony No. 3 – Fremaux
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -1.75 dB     -21.19 dB     A1 1st Movement Part 1 – Adagio-Allegro Moderato-Poco Adagio .wav
DR11        -2.34 dB     -20.15 dB     A2 1st Movement Part 2.wav
DR15        -2.00 dB     -22.11 dB     B1 2nd Movement Part 1 –  Allegro Moderato-Maestoso-Allegro.wav
DR12        -0.04 dB     -16.52 dB     B2 2nd Movement Part 2.wav
Number of files:    4
Official DR value:    DR13


  • Composed By – Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Conductor – Louis Frémaux
  • Engineer – Stuart Eltham
  • Mastered By – Doug Sax
  • Orchestra – City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Organ – Christopher Robinson

Recorded at the Great Hall, Birmingham University

Ripping Info


  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Super light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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