Kansas City Saint-Saëns “A Pleasure To Own”

MusicWeb International critic Michael Cookson recounts a live Saint-Saëns “Organ” Symphony performance while reviewing our new Kansas City Symphony recording:

In the Adagio – Allegro moderato Michael Stern’s well balanced opening soon increases in weight and volume. The efforts of the Kansas orchestra are thrilling. Stern engenders a sense of steely determination. The low growling entry of organ in the Poco adagio is notable and the dialogue between organ and strings is delightfully reflective. Conversely the skittering Scherzo is afforded ample amounts of engaging vitality. There is exhilaration in the celebrated Finale: Maestoso – Allegro when Kraybill erupts the weighty Casavant organ triumphantly creating a flood of vibrant colour. This is a powerful and engaging account…This beautifully produced release is a pleasure to own.” —Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International

Read the full review on www.musicweb-international.com

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