Organ Music, Vol. 2 – La Madeleine, Paris
Camille Saint-Saëns

Organ Music, Vol. 2 – La Madeleine, Paris

Andrew-John Smith

CDA 67815 - 0034571178158

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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.
The art of improvisation was essential for French organists and huge importance was placed on the development of this skill. Saint-Saëns was renowned for his extraordinary organ improvisations and it was said that ‘his genius was of an indescribable splendour’. In committing these extensive improvisations to paper he offers an insight into his instinctive musical logic and dazzling virtuosity. The Preludes and Fugues bear witness to the composer’s improvisatory flare and demonstrate the extent of his vastly imaginative compositional skills.

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Prelude and Fugue in C Major, Op. 109 No. 3
    I. Prelude
    03:09
  • 2
    Prelude and Fugue in C Major, Op. 109 No. 3
    II. Fugue
    06:28
  • 3
    Sept Improvisations, Op. 150
    IV. A major
    03:46
  • 4
    Sept Improvisations, Op. 150
    II. Feria Pentecostes
    05:16
  • 5
    Prelude and Fugue in G Major, Op. 109 No. 2
    I. Prelude
    02:20
  • 6
    Prelude and Fugue in G Major, Op. 109 No. 2
    II. Fugue
    03:56
  • 7
    Verset in E Minor
    01:34
  • 8
    Sept Improvisations, Op. 150
    VI. Pro defunctis
    08:53
  • 9
    Sept Improvisations, Op. 150
    III. E flat major
    05:32
  • 10
    Prelude in F Major
    01:46
  • 11
    Verset in F Major
    01:13
  • 12
    Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, Op. 109 No. 1
    I. Prelude
    04:46
  • 13
    Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, Op. 109 No. 1
    II. Fugue
    05:50
  • 14
    Sept Improvisations, Op. 150
    V. Pro martyribus
    06:08
  • 15
    Sept Improvisations, Op. 150
    I. E major
    10:59
  • 16
    Sept Improvisations, Op. 150
    VII. A minor
    04:26