Charles Munch - A Stereo Spectacular: Saint-Saens Symphony No.3


Analogue Productions (RCA Living Stereo)



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AAPC 2341
UPC: 753088234118
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200 Gram Vinyl Record

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RCA Living Stereo classical LPs — the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!

Remastered from the original master tape and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound

Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!

"These records are definitive." — Michael Fremer, editor,

Winner of a Gruvy Award, chosen by AnalogPlanet's editor, Michael Fremer, for vinyl records that are musically and sonically outstanding and are also well mastered and pressed.

"So far, Analogue Productions' series of outstanding reissues have avoided the missteps of the previous Classic Records issues, instead offering real improvements over the originals. ... The latest release, of this title and the Offenbach Gaite Parisienne (LSC 1817), keeps a perfect track record of outstanding Living Stereo releases by Analogue Productions. Pristine surfaces and better-defined layers of sound along with much finer texture add up to a wonderful experience of the famous Organ Symphony. The original is almost coarse sounding compared to this reissue. While the Offenbach reissue does not eclipse the original in all areas, the original remains very expensive and the reissue is superb." Recording = 10/10; Music = 10/10 - Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi +, Issue 119

"These are the best vinyl releases of RCA LPs I've yet heard." — Jonathan Valin, executive editor, The Absolute Sound

This performance of the Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony) is a favorite Living Stereo release. To say that it is incredible might be an understatement. The original 3-track session tapes were used in mastering for the LPs and SACDS in this Analogue Productions reissue series. The record reveals all of the glory of the recording and the precision and passion of Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston's Symphony Hall. It's more than ever the sonic blockbuster par excellence!  It doesn't get any better than this.

Berj Zamchokian, organ
Boston Symphony
Charles Munch, conductor

Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
1. First Movement: Adagio; Allegro moderato
2. 1st Movement: Adagio; Allegro Moderato - Concluded
3. 2nd Movement: Allegro moderato; Presto Moestoso
4. 2nd Movement: Allegro moderato: Presto Maestoso

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.

Excellent Record!

posted on 12/27/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ryan
Superb recording! If I could give this ten stars I would. I have small speakers and the organ parts toward the end vibrated my living room. The cymbals were awesome as well. Excellent work on the album! I will be buying more of these. Thank you Chad for making these available.

Brilliant Mastering

posted on 08/06/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: VicN
I have this recording on SACD, the Classic Record pressing and now this one. When I first got the Classic record version I thought "WOW!". Even wrote a review for it on this site. However, now that I've listened to this latest remastering effort, the old Classic Record sounds tonally wrong. In the new version, all the instruments sound just right. The, drums, the crashing cymbals and the pipe organ...oh that organ.... it an organ! In comparison, in the Classic release, the organ sounds like unconsolidated background vibration. The new version has Instruments clearly placed around the sound stage and everything is just clearer and sounds more like the real thing. Definitely the best mastered version of this album by a long shot. If you're a fan of this album, you can't go wrong.


posted on 01/05/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jeff
I have almost all the Living stereo releases from Classic Records, and they all sound very good. But after getting one of these new issues when they first came out, I've started collecting the AP copies of them, because they are simply amazing! I honestly didn't think, given the age of the masters, that these could sound much better than what Classic got out of them, but I was wrong. This one is particularly stunning. The orchestra is so clear and radiant, and the organ doesn't overpower when it comes in. And when the organ is playing the very low pedal notes (like the beginning of the 3rd mvmt), the room actually rumbles. The low C in the pedal SOUNDS like a 32' pipe, and not like a 16' on the other issues. If you haven't invested in any of these AP Living Stereo records, you owe it to yourself to get some and hear the difference.

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