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Michele Savino|Saint-Saëns: Complete Music for Organ

Saint-Saëns: Complete Music for Organ

Michele Savino

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The most complete collection ever issued of Saint-Saëns’s organ music: a newly recorded centenary tribute to the grand old man of 19th-century music, who rubbed shoulders with and aroused the admiration of colleagues from Berlioz to Ravel.

While himself no conventional kind of Christian believer, Saint-Saëns worked as a church organist for much of his prodigiously long life and career. While still a teenager he won the premier prix for organ at the Paris Conservatoire. In 1857, at the age of 22, he was appointed as titular organist to the church of the Madeleine in Paris, where he remained until 1877; it was there that Liszt heard him improvising and hailed him as the greatest organist in the world.
His output for the organ is no less subtly German-accented than much of his orchestral music, influenced by Schumann and Mendelssohn as well as disciplined by his comprehensive study of Bach and Beethoven as a child. While publically maintaining an attitude of scepticism towards Wagner, he nonetheless wrote with a chromatic intensity which finds a natural home in the incense-soaked world of pieces such as the Elévation et Communion and the E major Offertoire. Other reflective works include a trio of Rhapsodies on Breton themes, Op. 8, which invite comparison with similar folksong-based organ pieces by Vaughan Williams.

Saint-Saëns understood how to exploit the full spectrum of tonal colours available on the instruments designed by the greatest organ builder of his age, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, and even the apparently abstract designs of his many Preludes and Fugues invite the kind of swirling mists and brilliant sunshine evoked by Michele Savino on this newly recorded collection. The composer’s gifts as a colourist on the organ reach the summit of their expression in a collection of Seven Improvisations which, like much else here, deserves to be better known.

Born in Italy in 1978, now working principally in Germany, Michele Savino has recorded this collection on two German instruments: CD2 on the Forster and Andrews organ at the church of St John the Baptist, Forchheim, and the remainder on the Welte organ at the Church of Saint Boniface in the town of Emmendingen, Baden-Württemberg. This release marks his debut on Brilliant Classics. © Brilliant Classics

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1
Fantaisie No. 1 in E-Flat Major
00:06:28

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

2
Bénédiction nuptiale in F Major, Op. 9
00:06:22

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

3
3 Rhapsodies on Bretons Themes, Op. 7: I. Rhapsodie No. 1
00:05:45

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

4
3 Rhapsodies on Bretons Themes, Op. 7: II. Rhapsodie No. 2
00:06:53

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

5
3 Rhapsodies on Bretons Themes, Op. 7: III. Rhapsodie No. 3
00:07:50

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

6
Theme, Variations & Choral on le dies Irae
00:06:58

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

7
Fantaisie No. 2 in D-Flat Major, Op. 101
00:14:10

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

8
Marche religieuse in F Major, Op. 107
00:05:14

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

9
Offertoire
00:10:46

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

10
9 Pieces for Organ or Harmonium: I. Marche - Cortège
00:03:44

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

11
9 Pieces for Organ or Harmonium: II. Interlude - Fugué
00:02:57

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

12
9 Pieces for Organ or Harmonium: III. Offertoire
00:03:18

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

13
9 Pieces for Organ or Harmonium: IV. Procession
00:02:24

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

14
9 Pieces for Organ or Harmonium: V. Elévation
00:02:48

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

15
9 Pieces for Organ or Harmonium: VI. Offertoire
00:03:19

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

16
9 Pieces for Organ or Harmonium: VII. Ave Verum
00:04:02

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

17
9 Pieces for Organ or Harmonium: VIII. Offertoire
00:03:02

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

18
9 Pieces for Organ or Harmonium: IX. Elévation
00:01:41

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

19
Prélude in F Major
00:01:38

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

20
Verset No. 1 in E Minor
00:00:49

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

21
Verset No. 2 in in F Major - Andante
00:01:03

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

22
Élévation, or Communion in E Major, Op. 13
00:06:06

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

23
Prélude in C Major
00:02:19

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

24
Cyprès, Op. 156
00:08:13

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

25
Choral - Prélude sur o salutaris Hostia
00:03:07

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

26
Prelude in C Minor
00:03:24

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

27
Fantaisie No. 3 in C Major, Op. 157
00:13:38

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

28
3 Préludes and Fugues, Op. 99: I. Prélude in E Major
00:06:27

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

29
3 Préludes and Fugues, Op. 99: I. Fugue in E Major
00:06:12

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

30
3 Préludes and Fugues, Op. 99: II. Prélude in B Major
00:05:21

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

31
3 Préludes and Fugues, Op. 99: II. Fugue in B Major
00:03:20

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

32
3 Préludes and Fugues, Op. 99: III. Prélude in E-Flat Major
00:02:48

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

33
3 Préludes and Fugues, Op. 99: III. Fugue in E-Flat Major
00:05:37

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

34
3 Préludes and Fugues, Op. 109: I. Prélude in D Minor
00:05:36

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

35
3 Préludes and Fugues, Op. 109: I. Fugue in D Minor
00:07:15

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

36
3 Préludes and Fugues, Op. 109: II. Prélude in G Major
00:02:32

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

37
3 Préludes and Fugues, Op. 109: II. Fugue in G Major
00:03:37

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

38
3 Préludes and Fugues, Op. 109: III. Prélude in C Major
00:03:40

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

39
3 Préludes and Fugues, Op. 109: III. Fugue in C Major
00:08:34

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

40
7 Improvisations, Op. 150: I. Molto Lento
00:10:35

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

41
7 Improvisations, Op. 150: II. Feria Pentecostes
00:05:10

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

42
7 Improvisations, Op. 150: III. Poco Adagio
00:06:16

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

43
7 Improvisations, Op. 150: IV. Allegretto
00:03:44

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

44
7 Improvisations, Op. 150: V. Pro Martyribus
00:05:17

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

45
7 Improvisations, Op. 150: VI. Pro Defunctis
00:08:12

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

46
7 Improvisations, Op. 150: VII. Allegro Giocoso
00:05:03

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher - Michele Savino, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

Album Description

The most complete collection ever issued of Saint-Saëns’s organ music: a newly recorded centenary tribute to the grand old man of 19th-century music, who rubbed shoulders with and aroused the admiration of colleagues from Berlioz to Ravel.

While himself no conventional kind of Christian believer, Saint-Saëns worked as a church organist for much of his prodigiously long life and career. While still a teenager he won the premier prix for organ at the Paris Conservatoire. In 1857, at the age of 22, he was appointed as titular organist to the church of the Madeleine in Paris, where he remained until 1877; it was there that Liszt heard him improvising and hailed him as the greatest organist in the world.
His output for the organ is no less subtly German-accented than much of his orchestral music, influenced by Schumann and Mendelssohn as well as disciplined by his comprehensive study of Bach and Beethoven as a child. While publically maintaining an attitude of scepticism towards Wagner, he nonetheless wrote with a chromatic intensity which finds a natural home in the incense-soaked world of pieces such as the Elévation et Communion and the E major Offertoire. Other reflective works include a trio of Rhapsodies on Breton themes, Op. 8, which invite comparison with similar folksong-based organ pieces by Vaughan Williams.

Saint-Saëns understood how to exploit the full spectrum of tonal colours available on the instruments designed by the greatest organ builder of his age, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, and even the apparently abstract designs of his many Preludes and Fugues invite the kind of swirling mists and brilliant sunshine evoked by Michele Savino on this newly recorded collection. The composer’s gifts as a colourist on the organ reach the summit of their expression in a collection of Seven Improvisations which, like much else here, deserves to be better known.

Born in Italy in 1978, now working principally in Germany, Michele Savino has recorded this collection on two German instruments: CD2 on the Forster and Andrews organ at the church of St John the Baptist, Forchheim, and the remainder on the Welte organ at the Church of Saint Boniface in the town of Emmendingen, Baden-Württemberg. This release marks his debut on Brilliant Classics. © Brilliant Classics

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