Symphony No.3 in C minor ('Organ')
Camille Saint-Saëns


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The highest of Saint-Saëns' 4 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame — and the highest of 25 entries by French composers in this chart. This made it into the top ten on two occasions — in 1998 and 1999 — but slid to its lowest ever position of number 33 in the most recent countdown.

Symphony No. 3 by Saint-Saëns is probably best understood as a 'symphony with added organ', because only two of its four movements feature the instrument. It's a magnificent work, with the composer saying he was writing to his limits: 'I gave everything to it I was able to give.'