Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 / Debussy: La Mer / Ibert: Escales Berj Zamkochian

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Label: Living Stereo

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

Artist: Berj Zamkochian, Boston Symphony Orchestra & Charles Munch

Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Jacques Ibert (Composer) (1890-1962)

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  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921): Symphonie No.3 in C Minor, Op. 78"Organ"
  • 1Adagio - Allegro moderato (I)09:53
  • 2Poco adagio09:36
  • 3Allegro moderato - Presto (II)07:33
  • 4Maestoso - Allegro07:40
  • Claude Debussy (1862–1918): La Mer:
  • 5De l'aube à midi sur la mer08:37
  • 6Jeux de vagues06:15
  • 7Dialogue du vent et de la mer07:58
  • Jacques Ibert (1890-1962): Escales (Ports of Call):
  • 8Rome-Palermo: Calme06:34
  • 9Tunis-Nefta: Modéré très rythmé02:42
  • 10Valencia: Animé06:04
  • Total Runtime01:12:52

Info for Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 / Debussy: La Mer / Ibert: Escales

Still the greatest recording of the Organ Symphony ever made, this latest remastering sounds even grander than the previous Living Stereo incarnation, with a more present and bass-rich organ making a positively cataclysmic experience out of the finale (sound sample attached). Fun as the loud bits are, to be honest it’s the sweetness of the strings in the slow movement, and the amazing way Munch gets the orchestra to really dig into the agitated rhythm of the first movement’s main theme, that together set the seal on this interpretation. He gives the theoretically cooly “classical” Saint-Saëns a remarkable range of expressive depth.

Neither the Debussy nor the Ibert were as brightly recorded, but the same general observations apply to this remastering. Munch’s Debussy seldom has impressed me as much as his Ravel, well regarded though it is, and I find this La Mer a bit on the hum-drum side, with surprisingly ineffective climaxes at the ends of the outer movements (where is the tam-tam when you need it?). The Ibert, on the other hand, is as colorful and festive as anyone could want. Does anyone even play this piece anymore? What a pity, as it’s great fun. So, although this is a bit of a mixed bag, it has the best Organ Symphony ever, and that’s well worth the cost of admission.“ (David Hurwitz,

Berj Zamkochian, organ
Ralph Gomberg, oboe (on tracks 8-10) Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch, conductor

Recorded in 1956 and 1959
Engineered by Lewis Layton
Produced by Richard Mohr

Digitally remastered

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