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
Number of Discs: 1
Size: 710 MB
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
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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
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
Cartridge: ZYX 50R Bloom
- Phono amp: Audio Research SP15 own tube phono section
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Audio Research SP15
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- 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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