Matt | Virginia | 05/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These are all fantastic recordings of the music of a very underrated composer, Camille Saint-Saens. I was skeptical about buying a disc where the feature artists were the Detroit Symphony Orchestra et al. (not that they are poor orchestras; I have simply grown accustomed to the sounds of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras). I was pleasantly surprised! Of the works on the CD, I greatly prefer listening to the "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso," op. 28. It is performed very well, and is well worth the price of the CD if for only this work. The "Danse Macabre" is also performed very well.
The "Organ Symphony" was still performed pretty well, however I am a fan of the Karajan, BPO, and Pierre Cochereau (Organ) recording released by DG a few years back.
This CD presents a very good and affordable opportunity to become introduced to the music of Saint-Saens."
Affordable Great CD
DynomiteWins | Costa Mesa | 06/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not a classical music buff - I don't know the difference between one orchestra and another and many times I think of classical music as that which helps me fall to sleep (I enjoy classical music, but I don't know it very well.) I purchased this album for Symphony No. 3 in C minor for organ that I wanted to hear and this was the cheapest album I could find with that on it. Surprisingly, I ended up really enjoying the entire CD. I keep it on rotation in my car's CD system and friends (who often have no interest in classical music and who ride in my car) often ask me "who is this?" and have commented that this music often feels like it could easily be the soundtrack for a movie.
I would recommend this for those who are just getting into classical music as I think it has become one of my favorite CDs. I can't tell you how it would compare to other recordings, but for my purposes, it's just fine."