The Cleveland Orchestra Thierry Fischer, conductor Vilde Frang, violin BOULEZ Notations STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3 ("Organ") Saint-Saëns’s captivating “Organ” Symphony is a forceful statement for the genre itself. Written at a time when opera was perceived as the acme of musical expression, Saint-Saëns summoned the full emotive forces of the symphonic orchestra and organ to achieve the purest form of expression — untethered to text, story line, or characters. Severance’s Norton Memorial Organ shines in this journey from somber contemplation to radiant redemption, which provided a model for none other than Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony.
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