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Saint-Saëns: 3 Concertos - Gilels, Rostropovich, Grumiaux

Saint-Saëns: 3 Concertos - Gilels, Rostropovich, Grumiaux

Praga Digitals Reminiscences  PRD/DSD 350 077

Mono Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2; Cello Concerto No. 1, Violin Concerto No. 3; Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso

Emil Gilels/Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris/André Cluytens; Mstislav Rostropovich/Philharmonia Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent; Arthur Grumiaux/Concerts Lamoureux/Jean Fournet; Isaac Stern/Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy


The exceptional longevity of Camille Saint-Saëns, child prodigy saluted by Liszt, consenting (?) witness of Stravinskian and Debussyst revolutions has left us more than 300 manuscripts. German and Russian . . . musicologists saluted his professionalism, his pianistic writing reminding us of Beethoven, an orchestral art inspired by Liszt and Berlioz who considered him ‘the most impressive musical mechanic ever encountered’. ‘If Mr. Saint-Saëns espoused Glory she will be unfaithful with Mr. Debussy.’ Four legendary artists prove his timelessness.

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"Bi-channel DSD remastered from stereo analogue and mono original sources."
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Comment by Waveform - February 27, 2017 (1 of 2)

For me, the Violin Concerto is the most interesting filler on this SACD - currently the only hi-res alternative. Has anyone heard this? Gilels' Saint-Saëns was my introduction to this work (RBCD, Emi Great Recordings of the Century) so I look forward to hear this DSD/bi-channel reincarnation.

Comment by ubertrout - March 10, 2017 (2 of 2)

Calling this hi-res seems misguided to me...Praga has all but admitted that these Columbia recordings are sourced from LPs or commercial reels. It's a darn shame that BIS only released its 2007 recording of the Saint-Saens 3rd Violin Concerto on CD, although it's 24-bit stereo on their website.