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Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3; Paray: Mass for the 500th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc
Paul Paray, Camille Saint-Saens, Spoken Word
Saint-SaŽns: Symphony No. 3; Paray: Mass for the 500th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
 
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There's a run on this one
Mark McCue | Denver, CO USA | 05/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Seems Amazon has run out of this one for awhile. Get in line and grab it while you can. The Saint Saens has never, ever been performed with such an electric atmosphere and sense of occasion, and Paray's own Mass is bettered only in a live performance he taped with ORTF in Paris in '68...once on Carthagene vinyl, but now about as hard to find as the Lighthouse at Alexandria.Included is a touching spoken "thank you" by Paray himself to the performers in the Mass. Such are the actions of gentlemen and heroes."
Sends chills down your spine
J. Buxton | Waltham, MA United States | 02/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wow, how do you describe a musical experience where chills run down your spine? I can't really explain it, but just listen to this Saint Saens and I think you will experience a thrill. The entrance of the organ here has never been as dramatic or overpowering. It is just awesome. You must crank your stereo up loud! The whole symphony comes off just as well and this has to be Paray's finest moment on disc (along with the Suppe overtures also on Mercury). Paray's own Mass is performed well, although it is greatly overshadowed by the Saint Saens. A welcome historic reissue."
Paul Paray RULES
Dean Hannotte | New York City | 03/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's amazing how similar my experience of the Paray MASS is to that described on this page by 'a music fan' (see January 23, 2002). I purchased the vinyl version of the MASS in the bargain basement of a department store in the Bronx around 1962... I immediately fell in love with the soaring melodies and exciting fugues and have listened to it at least once a month for the last 40 years. (NO KIDDING!) It is SHOCKING how neglected this great masterpiece is. It is one of the supreme masterpieces of French romanticism, full of emotion and utterly unlike the dry, mechanical, jazzed up and finally dull experiments that were in vogue back then for reasons that will become increasingly unclear as civilization progresses. If music like this can ever be forgotten, then hey I'm outa here...."