[ Naxos / 3 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Friday 11 June 2021
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Saint-Saëns wrote five symphonies between the years 1850 and 1886. The cycle began with the Mozart-influenced Symphony in A but as a precocious composer of 17 he wrote his first numbered symphony, a work much admired by Berlioz and Gounod. He progressed to his most popular piece in the genre, the ground-breaking Symphony No. 3 with its inclusion of organ and piano. This critically admired cycle includes a sequence of atmospheric and dramatic symphonic poems, including Phaéton and the ever-popular Danse macabre.
"Without any comparisons I was wholly engrossed in these readings and the playing of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the recording of it is up to the highest standards." (MusicWeb April 2015 Symphonies 1 & 2)
"This is a fine disc, with excellent orchestral playing throughout, guided by sure-footed stylistic and structural direction from Soustrot." (MusicWeb Symphony No 3)
"recommendable. The performances are thoughtful, the sound is warm and clear, and the unusual repertoire is well worth getting to know, especially at Naxos's bargain price." (Fanfare on Volume 3)
Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 2
Symphony No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 55
Phaeton, Op. 39
Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, `Organ`
Symphony in A Major
Le rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31
Symphony in F Major, `Urbs Roma`
La Jeunesse d'Hercule, Op. 50
Danse Macabre, Op. 40