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Prelude and Fugue in G major, Op 109 No 2
composer
February 1898; dedicated to Albert Périlhou

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'Saint-Saëns: Organ Music, Vol. 2 – La Madeleine, Paris' (CDA67815)
Saint-Saëns: Organ Music, Vol. 2 – La Madeleine, Paris
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Movement 1: Prelude
Movement 2: Fugue

Prelude and Fugue in G major, Op 109 No 2
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The Trois Préludes et Fugues, Op 109, were completed in February 1898 at Las Palmas and are dedicated respectively to Fauré, Périlhou and Henri Dallier, who since 1879 had been organist of St Eustache and was to succeed Fauré at La Madeleine in 1905. On the receipt of a complimentary copy of the newly published work, Fauré wrote to Saint-Saëns: ‘Upon my return from London I found the superb Préludes et Fugues for organ which I will never be able to play properly, and I had the great joy of seeing my name at the head of one of them. I thank you a thousand times for this pleasant and flattering surprise.’

Saint-Saëns was renowned for his improvised fugues and Op 109 demonstrates well the ‘clean, clear, incisive subject, the surprisingly ingenious countersubject, the exquisitely imaginative and inventive episodes’ of which Huré wrote. Saint-Saëns himself related the anecdote of the bride who shocked him with the request not to play fugues at her wedding as they were too serious, and whilst Op 150 reveals an array of improvisatory possibilities, Op 109 attests also to the variety of his fugues. The first and third of Op 109, in D minor and C major respectively, are certainly cast in the grand style that he advocated for the instrument, though with varying characters. The G major, however, is full of the charm, grace and balance found in so much of his music. Vierne praised the works for their form and colour and asserted that they should be ‘… in the repertoire of any organist truly worthy of the name, as much for their superb style as for their virtuosic demands’.

from notes by Andrew-John Smith © 2011

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Details for CDA67815 track 6
Fugue
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ISRC
GB-AJY-11-81506
Duration
3'56
Recording date
28 May 2009
Recording venue
La Madeleine, Paris, France
Recording producer
Michael Hedley
Recording engineer
Dick Koomans
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