HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Camille Saint-Saens – Symphonies No. 1 & 2 (Inbal)

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Everyone knows the (Organ) Symphony No. 3… but what about No. 1 & 2 ???

# Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
# Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt
# Conductor: Eliahu Inbal
# Vinyl (1976)
# Number of discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 1.0 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

It has long been fashionable to denigrate the music of Camille Saint-Saëns. He has often been considered a musical genius on the order of Mozart who squandered his talents by producing modest, bland, squeaky-clean music of no great import. Aside from very few works — the Third Symphony, ‘Danse Macabre’, ‘Carnival of the Animals’ (with the ubiquitous ‘The Swan’), ‘Samson et Dalila,’ and perhaps one of the piano concertos — his voluminous output has fallen into desuetude. But indeed he wrote some glorious music that is not often heard. And here we have two works that deserve to be played at least occasionally.

Saint-Saëns wrote his First Symphony when he was only eighteen and it ranks with other youthful symphonies in the repertoire, like the Bizet ‘Symphony in C’ or Prokofiev’s ‘Classical Symphony’. Granted, some of its seams show, but the melodic invention is first-rate, as are the working out (three of the four movements are in sonata form), the rhythmic drive and the inventive (and sometimes amazingly advanced) orchestration. Before playing this record it had been years since I’d really listened to this symphony and I have to say that its felicities startled me. I’d forgotten how profligate Saint-Saëns was with his materials and I was repeatedly taken by surprise at their richness. The perky main theme of the second movement, the ‘March-Scherzo’, has been caroming around in my brain for days now. The fugal ending of the finale is completely assured. The Radio Symphony of Frankfurt, under Eliahu Inbal, play the music convincingly. I have to imagine that they had probably not known the work before this 1975 recording but it is clear that it delights them.

The Second Symphony was written six years after the First and Saint-Saëns’s development is apparent. It is a more sophisticated and complex work, but the earlier proflicacy of memorable themes is still quite apparent. For me, a high point is the short but moving second movement Adagio (notwithstanding the booklet writer who refers to its ‘heavy progress’), then followed by a rhythmically exciting Scherzo. In the finale we are treated to a whirling tarantella (slightly reminiscent of the saltarello finale of Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian Symphony’) with a mysterious, almost diffident lento section just before the whirlwind ending which brings the work to a rousing finish. Again, the Frankfort RSO under Inbal’s sensitive leadership shows itself to have been a first-rate ensemble at the time of this recording.

This is a recording to treasure. 

Analyzed folder: /96k Saint-Saens – Symphonies 1 and 2
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR12        -0.82 dB     -18.67 dB     A1 CSS-Symphony No1 Es-Dur – 1 Adagio-Allegro.wav
DR12        -5.34 dB     -24.67 dB     A2 CSS-Symphony No1 Es-Dur – 2 Marche-Scherzo.wav
DR11        -0.53 dB     -18.04 dB     A3 CSS-Symphony No1 Es-Dur – 3 Adagio – Finale-Allegro Maestoso.wav
DR13        -0.62 dB     -19.28 dB     B1 CSS-Symphony No2 a-moll – 1 Allegro marcato.wav
DR13        -13.29 dB     -31.11 dB     B2 CSS-Symphony No2 a-moll – 2 Adagio.wav
DR15        -2.68 dB     -23.55 dB     B3 CSS-Symphony No2 a-moll – 3 Scherzo presto.wav
DR13        -0.50 dB     -18.89 dB     B4 CSS-Symphony No2 a-moll – 4 Prestissimo.wav
Number of files:    7
Official DR value:    DR13


Ripping Info

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II + Special Edition Denon DL 103 -> Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5 -> Wave 32 bit/96 kHz
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

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Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • Converting Wave 32bit/96kHz -> Flac 24bit/96kHz: Twisted Wave
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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