Two magnificent French symphonies coupled on one disc. The Bizet is a light-hearted early work and this delectable recording by Haitink and the Concertgebouw has too long been out of the catalogue. Its sentiments aren’t that far removed from ‘Jeux d’enfants‘ (Children’s Games) – an orchestration of selected pieces from the piano-duet suite of the same name.
Edo de Waart made two Philips recordings of the Saint-Saens ‘Organ Symphony’ and this magnificent recording made in San Francisco shortly after the Rufatti organ was installed, has been out of the catalogue for several years. It’s a real hi-fi spectacular and deservedly returns to the catalogue … at super-budget price.
Symphony in C
Jeux d’enfants Op. 22: Petite suite
Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam
Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 ‘Organ Symphony’
Jean Guillou, organ
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Edo de Waart
Recordings: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, September 1977 (Bizet); Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, April 1984 (Saint-Saëns)