Susan Graham & Saint-Saëns's Organ Symphony

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, a specialist in French repertory, recently returned to the New York Philharmonic for performances of Chausson's sumptuous song sequence Poème de l'amour et de la mer ("Poem of love and the sea").

This broadcast captures that appearance along with two other masterpieces of French Romanticism: Berlioz's brash curtain raiser, Les francs-juges Overture, and Saint-Saëns's Symphony No. 3, "Organ." The latter work features Kent Tritle on an electric organ, a surrogate for the pipe organ that Avery Fisher Hall currently lacks. Andrew Davis conducts.

Program details:

Berlioz: Les francs-juges Overture

Chausson: Poème de l’amour et de la mer

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, Organ

Sir Andrew Davis, Conductor

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano

Kent Tritle, organ

Comments [3]

Tim Brooklyn

As Alec Baldwin clearly does not speak any French, perhaps someone could walk him through how to pronounce some simple French words. His introduction to the recording tonight was just embarrasing. It made him and WQXR look exceedingly DUMB.

Jun. 17 2010 09:47 PM
Richard Brode from New York

Being an organist who plays on a Jardine built in 1877, I too felt the disappointment of an electronic instrument on the same stage as the NYPhil. However, it's not their fault. I was at the Friday's performance - and the orchestra's sheer brilliance of sound and vitality dispelled any gloom of the hearing computer chips.

Now if only Lincoln Center and Avery Fisher would only . . . OK, probably not in my lifetime . . .

Jun. 17 2010 11:39 AM
Tom from NYC

What a travesty. Performing the Saint-Saens on an electronic instrument. The organ is a WIND instrument. Even the Nashville Symphony has a real organ. No matter how realistic "sounding", I can't imagine an audience appreciating a piano concerto played on an electronic substitute, or ANY instrument. Shame on the NYP.

Jun. 17 2010 09:39 AM

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