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Saint-Saens: Organ Music, Vol. 2 / Andrew-John Smith, organ

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Preludes and Fugues (3) for organ, Op. 109
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Improvisations (7) for organ, Op. 150
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : [Deux Pieces breves or Versets], for organ or harmonium
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Prelude, for organ in F major
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Notes & Reviews:

British organist Andrew-John Smith once again brings his compelling artistry to the service of Camille Saint-Saëns. Smith's commanding sense of architecture, breathtaking musicality and astonishing control of dynamics and nuance is thrilling. As with Volume 1, this disc provides a rare opportunity to hear Saint-Saëns's organ works played on the very instrument for which they were composed - the magnificent Cavaillé-Coll at La Madeleine, Paris. Saint-Saëns was renowned for his extraordinary organ improvisations and it was said that 'his genius was of an indescribable splendor.'

"The sequence is satisfying and diversified, the affecting charm and delicate catchiness of the G major Prélude et Fugue or A major Improvisation contrasting with the gigantic splendour of the climaxes of the C major and D minor fugues: a majesty of which this Cavaillé-Coll instrument is, one wants to say, uniquely capable." -The Sunday Times

"The preludes and fugues make a sharply contrasted trio: the first and last, in D minor and C, are grand in scale and conception; the second, in G, is much more compact and relaxed. Smith makes full use of the resources of the Madeleine instrument to colour them all." -The Guardian

"[Andrew-John Smith] underlines the imagination and variety Saint-Saëns brought to his organ writing." -The Daily Telegraph

Gramophone Magazine
In Andrew-John Smith [Saint-Saens has] an advocate who understands just how to lift from the printed page and project this remarkably rigorous yet beguiling music. The combination of this artist playing this music in such an authentic setting proves to be unbeatable...This disc is a magnificent achievement: the recorded sound is engrossing and is devoid of any hint of the Parisian traffic soundtrack.

International Record Review
His performance of this repertoire is compelling and absorbs the listener from start to finish. The music is of uniformly high quality, played on a fantastic organ by a supremely accomplished performer and is therefore to be highly recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: La Madeleine, Paris, France (05/26/2009-05/28/2009).



Reviews

track listing
1. Prelude (Prelude et Fugue in C major op 109 No 3)
2. Fugue
3. Improvisation in A major Op 150 No 4
4. Improvisation 'Feria Pentecostes' Op 150 No 2
5. Prelude (Prelude et Fugue in G major Op 109 No 2)
6. Fugue
7. Verset in E minor
8. Improvisation 'Pro defunctis' Op 150 No 6
9. Improvisation in E flat major Op 150 No 3
10. Prelude in F major
11. Verset in F major
12. Prelude (Prelude et Fugue in D minor Op 109 No 1)
13. Fugue
14. Improvisation 'Pro martyribus Op 150 No 5
15. Improvisation in E major Op 150 No 1
16. Improvisation in A minor Op 150 No 7
Submitted on 09/21/11 by HB 
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Works Details

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Preludes and Fugues (3) for organ, Op. 109
  • Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
  • Notes: La Madeleine, Paris, France (05/26/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Improvisations (7) for organ, Op. 150
  • Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
  • Notes: La Madeleine, Paris, France (05/26/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Preludes and Fugues (3) for organ, Op. 109
  • Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
  • Notes: La Madeleine, Paris, France (05/26/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : [Deux Pièces brèves or Versets], for organ or harmonium
  • Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
  • Notes: La Madeleine, Paris, France (05/26/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: after 1870

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Improvisations (7) for organ, Op. 150
  • Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
  • Notes: La Madeleine, Paris, France (05/26/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Prélude, for organ in F major
  • Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
  • Notes: La Madeleine, Paris, France (05/26/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1855

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : [Deux Pièces brèves or Versets], for organ or harmonium
  • Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
  • Notes: La Madeleine, Paris, France (05/26/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: after 1870

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Preludes and Fugues (3) for organ, Op. 109
  • Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
  • Notes: La Madeleine, Paris, France (05/26/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Improvisations (7) for organ, Op. 150
  • Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ)
  • Notes: La Madeleine, Paris, France (05/26/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917