Charles Munch - Saint Saens: Symphony No.3 ''Organ''/ Debussy: La Mer


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CRCA 61387 SA
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Two complete Living Stereo LPs on a single disc!
Using the recently rediscovered three-track original master tape for the "Organ" Symphony, this program by Munch and his 'French' American orchestra is more than ever the sonic blockbuster par excellence!

Cut directly from the 3 track master tape this recording reveals all of the glory of the recording and the precision and passion of Munch and the BSO in Boston's Symphony Hall. It doesn't get any better than this.

When remastering the original recordings, John Newton and his engineering team used only three of the available six channels on this SACD disc because that was the vision of the original producers.

1. Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78 (''Organ'')
2. La Mer
3. Escales (Ports of Call)

Customer Reviews (3.50 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

If not the best, it is too close to call

posted on 07/28/2007
4 Stars
Reviewer: Don Jones
I am not a professional musician, but love good classical orchestral music. Saint-Saens "Organ" Symphony ranks with the best of Beethoven, Brahams, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky etc., and the final of the Organ Symphony is second to none. I have 5 different version,--BPO/Levine, Chicago/Barenboim, Martinon/French Radio, Boston/Munch, and now the newest Philadelphia/Eesinbach. The Boston is 3channel SACD and the Philadelphia in 5.0 Surround. The new Philadelphia organ sounds good in places and the overall sonics may be better, but you can't beat the Aeolian-Skinner organ used in the Boston. It has a better bass and the subwoofers make the whole room shake. Further, the Philadelphia seems more controversial than the others in their timings. The best of both worlds would be the Boston rendition recorded on the newest 5.1 surround equipment. I actually give this a 4.5 rating and would give a 5 except the strings are a tad thin in a few place. But what more could you want in a 50 year old recording?

A sonic let-down

posted on 04/05/2005
3 Stars
Reviewer: L Roderick
When I first read about RCA's re-birth of my cherished "Living Stereo" collection in SACD format I knew I HAD to purchase the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony. I remembered it well from my long-lost LP! Surely the SACD would rival the "old" sound! Alas, it was not to be. While the performance itself is near-perfect, the sound coming from the disc is rather flat, lifeless, and somehow devoid of the low-note rumble that left one inspired and excited once the LP ended. Sigh. Maybe RCA will see the error of its recording-ways and re-do this masterpiece?

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