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Saint-saens: Preludes and Fugues for Organ, Etc. Import

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  • Audio CD (July 8 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00190KR2G
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
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1. Preludes and Fugues (3) for Organ, Op. 99: Prelude no 3 in E flat major
2. Preludes and Fugues (3) for Organ, Op. 99: Fugue no 3 in E flat major
3. Fantasy for Organ in D flat major, Op. 101
4. Preludes and Fugues (3) for Organ, Op. 99: Prelude no 1 in B major
5. Preludes and Fugues (3) for Organ, Op. 99: Fugue no 1 in B major
6. Cyprès et Lauriers, Op. 156: Cyprès
7. Fantasy for Organ no 3, Op. 157
8. Marche religieuse for Organ, Op. 107
9. Preludes and Fugues (3) for Organ, Op. 99: Prelude no 2 in E major
10. Preludes and Fugues (3) for Organ, Op. 99: no 2 in E major - Fugue
11. Bénédiction nuptiale for Organ in F major, Op. 9
12. Fantasy for Organ in E flat major

Product Description

Despite his solid reputation nowadays, much of Saint-Saëns's music was underrated in his lifetime, and many of his organ works remain little known. Yet his prodigious talent as a performer was such that by 1858, aged just twenty-three, Camille Saint-Sa_ns (1837-1921) found himself at the console of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll's brand-new organ at Paris's La Madeleine - with four manuals, 48 stops and an unprecedented symphonic wall of sound at his disposal. He was to hold the post for some twenty years. Making his Hyperion début, organist Andrew-John Smithoffers a generous selections of works spanning over six decades and including the Preludes and Fugues Op.99, three Fantaisies, the Marche religieuse, Bénédiction nuptiale, and Cyprès. Performed at La Madeleine on the instrument the composer knew and loved (and using only the registrations available to him at the time), the results are simply thrilling. Not to be missed!

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f3021d4) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x9f121c6c) out of 5 stars Good French Music Nov. 15 2008
By David C. Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Saint-Saens is one of those composers who people tend to know one or two pieces by, and everything else falls through the cracks. In his works, people usually know "Danse macabre", the Organ Symphony, the 1st Cello Concerto, and MAYBE "Carnival of the Animals". After that, it's pretty touch-and-go. Many people are less likely to even be aware of the amount of music he wrote for the organ, but here one gets a fairly good sampling of Saint-Saens's output. Also, to make it better, it's recorded on a French instrument, one on which Saint-Saens himself played during his career. Included here are his op.99 preludes and fugues, as well as his 3 fantaisies and a few standalone works. Also added is "Cypres" from his organ-and-orchestra "Cypres et Lauriers". Though disappointing to not have "Lauriers" added (no orchestra available, I suppose), the collection is exquisite, and Hyperion records it well. You'd be silly to avoid this set, so please consider. Smith's playing is top-notch.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f77f47c) out of 5 stars Excellent gift for an organ music lover Feb. 26 2014
By Daniel Z - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This a great recording, good selections, wonderful location and organ.
Sensitive performer to both style and instrument.

If you want to please a serious organ music lover, this is the perfect gift!!