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“Saint-Saëns’ Third Symphony stands as one of the unique works in the standard symphonic repertoire. And make no mistake about it: this is truly a symphony with organ, not an Organ Symphony. In fact, the king of instruments only plays for about 10 minutes in this piece. But what an incredible ten minutes they are. The dynamics range from the softest pianissimo to the incredible fortes of the finale.

Lost in all this is that this piece is a true masterwork of inspiration and construction. Basically there are only two themes that are presented, each varied as the symphony progresses. The orchestra is showcased in both tender and virtuoso passages. It is a work I have never stopped loving.”

Leonard Slatkin


8.573331
Also available in Blu-ray audio
NBD0045
  SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Symphony No. 3, "Organ" / Danse Macabre / Cyprès et Lauriers
Warnier, Lyon National Orchestra, Slatkin

To celebrate the inauguration of the newly restored former organ of the Palais du Trocadéro and Palais de Chaillot in Paris, the Orchestre National de Lyon and their organist-in-residence, Vincent Warnier, present two major works for organ and orchestra by Camille Saint-Saëns, both of which are historically linked with the great Cavaillé-Coll organs. The composer himself conducted the French première of Cyprès et Lauriers at the Trocadéro in October 1920, entrusting the solo part to Eugène Gigout.

Listen to an excerpt from
Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ’: II. Maestoso


Listen to Rick Phillips' podcast:
Saint-Saëns and the King of Instruments


Steps to Parnassus: Leonard Slatkin talks to Jeremy Siepmann



About the Artists


Leonard Slatkin is currently music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and of the Orchestre National de Lyon, and principal guest conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. His one hundred-plus recordings have earned seven GRAMMY® Awards and more than sixty GRAMMY® Award nominations. He has received many other honours, including the 2003 US National Medal of Arts, France’s Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and the League of American Orchestras’ Gold Baton for service to American music.
The Orchestre National de Lyon became a permanent orchestra of 102 musicians in 1969, with Louis Frémaux as its first musical director (1969–1971). It was run and supported financially by the City of Lyon, which in 1975 provided it with a concert hall, the Lyon Auditorium. Under the leadership of Emmanuel Krivine (1987–2000), David Robertson (2000–2004) and Jun Märkl (2005-2011), the orchestra increasingly received international critical acclaim. Leonard Slatkin has been its music director since the 2011–2012 season.
Winner of the Grand Prix for performance at the 1992 Chartres International Organ Competition, Vincent Warnier is resident organist at the Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont in Paris (a post he inherited from Maurice Duruflé) and at Notre-Dame cathedral at Verdun. In September 2013 he also began a two-season residency at the Lyon Auditorium.



Companion discs



8.573297
BERLIOZ, H.:
Harold en Italie
Le carnaval romain
Benvenuto Cellini: Overture

Berthaud
Orchestre National de Lyon
Slatkin

“Slatkin leads the orchestra with energy and humor, making sure that the picturesque
aspects of the piece [Harold en Italie]
are vividly conveyed. This program is sure to please Berlioz aficionados.”
Allmusic.com

 

 
NBD0042 [Blu-ray Audio]
BERLIOZ, H.:
Harold en Italie
Le carnaval romain
Benvenuto Cellini: Overture

Berthaud
Orchestre National de Lyon
Slatkin

“With excellent, very precise, elegant and expressive performances, this Blu-ray is musically attractive…”
Pizzicato



8.572886
BERLIOZ, H.:
Symphonie fantastique
Le corsaire

Orchestre National de Lyon
Slatkin

“…this may well be the most amazing performance and recording of the work
I’ve ever heard.”
Fanfare

 

 
NBD0029 [Blu-ray Audio]
BERLIOZ, H.:
Symphonie fantastique
Le corsaire

Orchestre National de Lyon
Slatkin

“Slatkin draws the listener’s attention to the beauty, nuance, and carefully wrought inner detail of the music.”
American Record Guide




8.572887
RAVEL, M.:
Orchestral Works,
Vol. 1 - Alborada del gracioso
Rapsodie espagnole

Orchestre National de Lyon
Slatkin

“Leonard Slatkin draws a vivid sound
from the Lyon players, with a wide range of dynamics and colours…”
BBC Music Magazine

 
NBD0030 [Blu-ray Audio]
RAVEL, M.:
Orchestral Works,
Vol. 1 - Alborada del gracioso
Rapsodie espagnole

Orchestre National de Lyon
Slatkin

“The detail and clarity of every note and a feeling for the acoustic environment in which the recording was made puts it way ahead of the Skrowaczewski recordings.”
Audiophile Audition



8.572888
RAVEL, M.:
Orchestral Works,
Vol. 2 - Valses nobles et sentimentales
Gaspard de la nuit

Orchestre National de Lyon
Slatkin

“[Slatkin] shows real empathy with this magical repertoire, and he draws playing of uncommon composure and contagious application from his scrupulously prepared Lyons band.”
Gramophone

 
NBD0034 [Blu-ray Audio]
RAVEL, M.:
Orchestral Works,
Vol. 2 - Valses nobles et sentimentales
Gaspard de la nuit

Orchestre National de Lyon
Slatkin

“[Slatkin] brings a detailed and refined orchestral styling to these selections,
and they are recorded in the very best close orchestral sound.”
Audiophile Audition





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