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O salutaris hostia in D major
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1904; dedicated to Gaston Choisnel; Saint-SaŽns' own arrangement of the fifth movement of his Op 4 Mass of 1856

Recordings
'Saint-Saëns: Organ Music, Vol. 3 – La Madeleine, Paris' (CDA67922)
Saint-Saëns: Organ Music, Vol. 3 – La Madeleine, Paris
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67922  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Hyperion monthly sampler – July 2012' (HYP201207)
Hyperion monthly sampler – July 2012
HYP201207  Download-only monthly sampler   No longer available
Details
Track 5 on CDA67922 [2'52]
Track 3 on HYP201207 [2'52] Download-only monthly sampler

O salutaris hostia in D major
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Gaston Choisnel is the dedicatee of O salutaris hostia, the only organ transcription of his own work that Saint-Saëns ever published. Generally he was happy to allow others (Guilmant, Busser, Boëllmann and Gigout among them) to undertake these arrangements for him, but in 1904 he himself returned to the Mass, Op 4, of 1856, and to its graceful fifth movement, for sopranos and organ, as the source for this miniature. He performed the piece himself at the Salle Pleyel in November 1904, prompting Arthur Pougin to write in Le Ménestrel of this ‘absolutely delightful’ work that it ‘so enchanted the audience’ and that ‘so enthusiastic was the applause that he should have repeated it’.

from notes by Andrew-John Smith © 2012

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