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Saint-Saens: Organ Music Vol 3 / Andrew-John Smith

Saint-saens / Smith
Release Date: 07/10/2012 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67922  
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Andrew-John Smith
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This third volume completes Andrew-John Smith’s series of Saint-Saëns’ Organ Music, which has been praised for the compelling brilliance of the performances, the inspired choice of instrument and the remarkable quality of the music itself.

The recital ends with the formidable Fantaisie pour orgue-Aeolian, a work which makes extraordinary technical demands on the organist—in fact the composer himself wrote that it was ‘unplayable by the fingers and feet’. This led to the work being condemned to obscurity and it was as recently as 1988 that it was reconstructed and published for the first time. Andrew-John Smith’s performance defies this edict, and the translation of the original registration to the organ of La Madeleine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Theme, Variations and Chorale for Organ on "Dies irae" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
2.
Rapsodies (3) sur des cantiques bretons, Op. 7 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
3.
Elévation, ou Communion for Organ/Harmonium in E major, Op. 13 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; France 
4.
Fantasy for Organ "Aeolian" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906 
5.
O salutaris hostia in D major by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904 
6.
Sarabande in D major "Offertoire" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
Period: Romantic 

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