Saint-Saëns: Rhapsodies sur des Cantiques Bretons; O Salutaris Hostia; Sarabande; Élévation; Fantaisie/ Andrew-John Smith, organ

Audio Samples

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Rapsodies (3) sur des cantiques bretons, Op. 7
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Deux Pièces
>     [Dies irae]
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : O Salutaris hostia, chorale prelude for organ (after Henry DuMont's motet)
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Offertoire (Sarabande), for organ or harmonium in D major
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Elévation, ou Communion, for organ or harmonium in E major, Op. 13
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Fantaisie, for Aeolian organ

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Rapsodies (3) sur des cantiques bretons, Op. 7
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Deux Pièces
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : O Salutaris hostia, chorale prelude for organ (after Henry DuMont's motet)
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Offertoire (Sarabande), for organ or harmonium in D major
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Elévation, ou Communion, for organ or harmonium in E major, Op. 13
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Fantaisie, for Aeolian organ
Performers Composer

Notes & 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 that makes extraordinary technical demands on the organist. 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. Smith's performance defies this edict, and the translation of the original registration to the organ of La Madeleine is a feat of ingenuity.

The Observer, July 2012
The mighty Fantasie pour orgue-Aeolian, complete with tubular bells, written for the new American Aeolian organ in 1906, sounds epic on this vast, brooding instrument, so splendidly tamed by the dextrous Smith.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
Smith convincingly suggests that Saint-Saens intended this allegedly unplayable piece [Fantaisie pour orgue-Aeolian] for the self-playing instrument in the Grosvenor Gallery in London' New Bond Street. He does, however, dramatically prove that the work, at the hands of a true master, is far from unplayable. A fitting climax to a wonderful recorded series.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Smith is to be commended for his fastidious attention to detail. With the exception of the Fantasy, all the pieces heard here are well crafted and played to perfection. The Fantasy demands special mention. Very briefly, the Aeolian Organ mentioned refers to the player device the company developed and installed in Aeolian Hall in London in 1904. Rollin Smith discovered the paper roll with all its perforations and transcribed it for modern performance in 1988. It takes about 19 minutes to get to the big finish where we hear manually struck tubular bells to add a celebratory quality to the conclusion. It's a long way to go. This piece lasts 23 minutes and must have been added only for historical reasons. Fine performance of rather ordinary music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: La Madeleine, Paris, France.



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Works Details

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Rapsodies (3) sur des cantiques bretons, Op. 7
  • Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Deux Pièces :: [Dies irae]
  • Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1859

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : O Salutaris hostia, chorale prelude for organ (after Henry DuMont's motet)
  • Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1856

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Offertoire (Sarabande), for organ or harmonium in D major
  • Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1859

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Elévation, ou Communion, for organ or harmonium in E major, Op. 13
  • Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1859

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Fantaisie, for Aeolian organ
  • Performers: Andrew-John Smith (Organ); Adrian Bending (Tubular Bells)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906