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Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ"; Danse macabre; Cyprès et Lauriers / Vincent Warnier, organ; Orch. Nat'l de Lyon, Slatkin

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Cyprès et lauriers, for organ & orchestra, Op. 156
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ"
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Notes & Reviews:

To celebrate the inauguration of the newly restored former organ of the Palais du Trocadero and Palais de Chaillot in Paris, the Orchestre National de Lyon and their organist-in-residence, Vincent Warnier, present two major works for organ and orchestra by Camille Saint-Saens. Both are historically linked with the great Cavaillé-Coll organs, and are performed here together with an arrangement for solo organ of his famous Danse macabre. French organist Vincent Warnier (b. 1967) completed his musical studies at the Conservatory of Strasbourg, the Conservatory of Rueil-Malmaison (class of Marie-Claire Alain) and the Conservatory of Paris, where he won numerous awards (organ with Michel Chapuis and Olivier Latry). An instrumentalist and improviser with an international concert career, he performs regularly in Japan and Europe. He has taught at the University of Poitiers and is now a professor at the College Stanislas in Paris.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
Finding that mixture of suavity, nervous tension, self-confidence and grandiloquence that characterises so much of Saint-Sadns's music, Slatkin creates a performance of the Third Symphony which is utterly compelling... if it's the music you are after - rather than a simple sonic spectacle - look no further; this is the Saint-Sadns Third Symphony recording par excellence.

The Guardian, 22nd January 2015
[CyprFs et Lauriers] is formidably played here by Vincent Warnier, with the ONL on fine form for Leonard Slatkin...Danse Macabre comes in an organ transcription by Edwin Lemare that nicely displays Warnier's virtuosity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium de Lyon, France (2013-11-18_2013-11-19&2014-).



Reviews

Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3, Danse Macabre, Cyprs et Lauriers
There are now so many good recordings of Saint-Saens' Third Symphony that any new offering has to have something unusual about it for it to attract any attention. This new CD has two strong points that will probably be of special interest to devotees of the organ. The first is that this disc celebrates the inauguration of the newly restored organ of the Palais du Trocadero and Palais de Chaillot in Paris. The organ certainly sounds splendid on my stereo, and the Orchestre National de Lyon under Leonard Slatkin's expert direction delivers a fine performance. The second point is that this CD contains two additional compositions, one of which is seldom recorded. "Cypresses and Laurels," Op. 156 for organ and orchestra was composed in 1919. It's something of a curiosity, but it makes a very suitable addition to this CD. Earlier recordings of it include one on the EMI label (coupled with Saint-Saens' Third Symphony) under Michel Plasson's direction, one on the Chandos label (coupled with other works by Gigout, Gounod, Guilmant, Dupre, and Dubois) conducted by Rumon Gamba, and one directed by Louis de Froment on a Vox 3-CD set of Saint-Saens' music that contains all five of his piano concertos plus other shorter compositions. The other additional piece on this CD is Saint-Saens' famous "Danse macabre" arranged as an organ solo by Edwin Lemare and revised by Vincent Warnier, the Orchestre National de Lyon's organist-in-residence. It is in this arrangement that one can truly hear the sonic capabilities of the restored organ, and for those who are devotees of the organ this version will surely not disappoint. If you prefer "Danse macabre" in its usual orchestral version and you dont care about "Cypresses and Laurels," then you may wish to look elsewhere.
Recommended for those who wish to add this particular combination of works to their collections.
Ted Wilks
Submitted on 02/08/15 by Ted Wilks 
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Works Details

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40
  • Performer: Vincent Warnier (Organ)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: Orchestre National de Lyon
  • Running Time: 8 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1874

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Cyprès et lauriers, for organ & orchestra, Op. 156
  • Performer: Vincent Warnier (Organ)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Notes: Auditorium de Lyon, France (11/18/2013-11/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ"
  • Performer: Vincent Warnier (Organ)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Notes: Auditorium de Lyon, France (11/18/2013-11/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1886