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The Organ Transcription In France / Arturo Sacchetti


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Arts Music   Catalog #: 47556   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachGeorge Frideric HandelCamille Saint-SaënsFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Listeners familiar with the Romantic French organ school probably know Felix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911), Théodore Dubois (1837-1924), and Alfred Lebeau (1835-1906) via their original compositions. They also contributed to the once-fashionable genre of organ transcriptions from orchestral and operatic repertoire. Fourteen of these comprise a fascinating volume in organist Arturo Sacchetti's extensive Organ History multi-disc survey. The recordings were made in Rome between 1989 and 1991. Of the three organs employed, perhaps the two built by Cavaillé-Coll best represent the resonance and pungent registrations that these transcribers had in mind. The rapid wind/brass exchanges in Dubois' treatment of Mendelssohn's Wedding Read more March demonstrate this, as well as the punchy sonorities of Lebeau's Souvenir de Aida (a medley derived from the Verdi opera) and Morceau de Salon, based on Gounod's Faust.

Sacchetti's interpretations vary in quality. You could imagine more power and rhythmic incisiveness in the Dies Irae from Verdi's Requiem (transcribed by Lebeau), or a firmer, less clunky dispatch of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus (arranged by Dubois). The famous waltz in the aforementioned Faust melange evokes a broken-down merry-go-round. On the other hand, the fluent, well phrased Saint-Saëns/Guilmant Le Cygne and Prélude du "Déluge" fall easily on the ear to the point where you hardly miss the originals. Sacchetti begins the Wagner/Dubois Lohengrin "Marche religieuse" and Meyerbeer/Lebeau L'Africaine potpourri indifferently, but improves once he gets going. And the Bach/Guilmant Polonaise, Menuet et Badinerie receives one of the collection's most confident and stylish readings. Dedicated organ buffs certainly will want to know about this disc.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Polonaise by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Felix-Alexandre Guilmant
This selection shares the same track and timing with "Menuet" and "Badinerie."
Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1738 - 1739). 
2. Joshua, HWV 64: A Solemn March by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1748; London, England 
Notes: Transcribed: Théodore Dubois 
3. Le déluge, Op. 45: Prelude by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Notes: Transcribed: Felix-Alexandre Guilmant 
4. Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Théodore Dubois 
5. Lohengrin: Elsa's procession to the cathedral by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Théodore Dubois 
6. L'Africaine: Excerpt(s) by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Alfred Lebeau under the title "Souvenir de L'Africaine." 
7. Les pifferari by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1861; France 
Notes: Transcribed: Alfred Lebeau 
8. Requiem Mass: Dies irae by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Notes: Transcribed: Alfred Lebeau 
9. Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Minuet by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Felix-Alexandre Guilmant
This selection shares the same track and timing with "Polonaise" and "Badinerie."
Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1738 - 1739). 
10. Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Felix-Alexandre Guilmant
This selection shares the same track and timing with "Polonaise" and "Minuet."
Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1738 - 1739). 
11. Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Notes: Transcribed: Théodore Dubois 
12. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Notes: Transcribed: Felix-Alexandre Guilmant 
13. Sérénade by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; France 
Notes: Transcribed: Alfred Lebeau 
14. Faust - Morceau de salon by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Notes: Transcribed: Alfred Lebeau 
15. Aida: Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Notes: Transcribed: Alfred Lebeau under the title "Souvenir de Aida." 
16. I cieli immensi narrano by Benedetto Marcello
Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Notes: Transcribed: Théodore Dubois 

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