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Can any one recommend a recording of the Six Preludes and Fugues of Saint-Saens? I have the scores, but would also be interested to know who else plays them, and which are the best starting points. Is there a good reason that they are not as widely known as the two Fantasies, or is it unjust neglect and should we all be slapping our wrists and tut-tutting at our repertoire lists :unsure:

 

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Can any one recommend a recording of the Six Preludes and Fugues of Saint-Saens? I have the scores, but would also be interested to know who else plays them, and which are the best starting points. Is there a good reason that they are not as widely known as the two Fantasies, or is it unjust neglect and should we all be slapping our wrists and tut-tutting at our repertoire lists :unsure:

 

Charles

 

You could try here http://www.margaretphillips.org.uk/discography.htm where the 6 Preludes & Fugues are spread across two discs. I have one of these, and I enjoyed the playing very much. Recorded on the Exeter Cathedral organ before the recent work.

 

Graham

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Can any one recommend a recording of the Six Preludes and Fugues of Saint-Saens?

 

My favourites:

  • Vincent Genvrin, complete organ works of Saint-Saëns, Hortus (4 CDs)
  • Stephen Tharp at St-Sulpice, JAV (only the three P&Fs op.109)
  • Odile Pierre has recorded all six at her (then) organ of La Madeleine in 1972, but that one never made it to CD, sadly :unsure:

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Thanks. Will get on to that straight away.

 

Charles

 

 

Partington from Tewkesbury Abbey (Grove) on Priory. Very good too.

 

R

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I have a four-CD box set, Saint-Saens Complete Organ Works played by Stefan Johannes Bleicher on the low price Arte Nova label, I don't know if it's still available. Its interest to me is that it includes works which are rarely if ever played, maybe in a few cases justifiably, but overall I think it's a good set.

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I have a four-CD box set, Saint-Saens Complete Organ Works played by Stefan Johannes Bleicher on the low price Arte Nova label, I don't know if it's still available. Its interest to me is that it includes works which are rarely if ever played, maybe in a few cases justifiably, but overall I think it's a good set.
We discussed that set a while back here. Although I am not particularly gripped with the set, I think the Preludes and Fugues are among the most successful tracks.
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I recorded these at one point.... apologies for the recording quality - I was just experimenting with microphone placement and such... my further efforts are somwhat better, I hope :P

 

http://orwig.blackiris.com/Saint-Saens/S-SBPandF.mp3

http://orwig.blackiris.com/Saint-Saens/S-SCPandF.mp3

http://orwig.blackiris.com/Saint-Saens/S-SDPandF.mp3

http://orwig.blackiris.com/Saint-Saens/S-SEbPandF.mp3

http://orwig.blackiris.com/Saint-Saens/S-SEPandF.mp3

http://orwig.blackiris.com/Saint-Saens/S-SGPandF.mp3

 

Like I said, not perfect (but hey, they're free!)

 

Cheers,

 

-G

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I think you're being a bit too modest about your description.

 

May I ask you to please check the second of these links, viz.

While I have successfully downloaded the five others, I'm getting a "Not found" message on that one.

 

Oops... :angry:

 

The link should work now - the file on the server was misspelled. (a pity, too, since the Cmaj is one of my favorites!)

 

Enjoy,

 

-G :P

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