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Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ" - Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso - La Muse et le Poète

Jan Kraybill, Noah Geller, Mark Gibbs, Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern

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Introduction et rondo capriccioso in A Minor, Op. 28, R. 188
Camille Saint-Saëns; Noah Geller; Kansas City Symphony; Michael Stern
La muse et le poète, Op. 132, R. 208
Camille Saint-Saëns; Noah Geller; Mark Gibbs; Kansas City Symphony; Michael Stern
Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, R. 176 "Organ Symphony"  
I. Adagio - Allegro moderato
Camille Saint-Saëns; Jan Kraybill; Kansas City Symphony; Michael Stern
II. Poco adagio
Camille Saint-Saëns; Jan Kraybill; Kansas City Symphony; Michael Stern
III. Allegro moderato - Presto
Camille Saint-Saëns; Jan Kraybill; Kansas City Symphony; Michael Stern
IV. Maestoso - Allegro
Camille Saint-Saëns; Jan Kraybill; Kansas City Symphony; Michael Stern
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    61:20
Grammy nomination - Best Engineered Album, Classical, 2015

"... expands our understanding and enjoyment of the music ... vital and affirmative ... recording is spectacular ... a sonic perspective that provides instrumental detail but also a sense of the entire ensemble. Bass is soul-satisfying."
- The Absolute Sound

"... Stern and his players convey an air of expectation. There’s a pleasing warmth to the orchestral sound but at the same time there’s plenty of definition. The sound seems very natural ... the richness of the strings is seductive ... they sing with overt warmth ... Stern captures the spirit of the music in a way that seems just right ... a delectable performance ... anyone buying it will enjoy it very much."
- MusicWeb International

Conductor Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony on interpretations of these great works by Camille Saint-Saëns, captured in brilliant sound by Grammy-winning engineer "Professor" Keith O. Johnson and producer David Frost. Organist Jan Kraybill is the featured soloist on the Symphony No. 3 while violinist Noah Geller and cellist Mark Gibbs appear on the other two works. Composed at his artistic peak, Saint-Saëns said of his Symphony No. 3: "I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again."
176.4 kHz / 24-bit and 88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Reference Recordings Studio Masters

Recorded: June 20 - 21, 2013 at Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Producer: David Frost
Recording engineer: Keith O. Johnson
Recorded by: Sean Royce Martin
Editing: David Frost
Mastering engineer: Keith O. Johnson
Executive producers: J. Tamblyn Henderson, Jr. and Marcia Gordon Martin
Design: Bill Roarty and JTH
Page 20 photo: Chris Lee
Page 2 painting of Camille Saint-Saëns: A.Rossi, 1903

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