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

'Saint-Saëns: Organ Music, Vol. 3 – La Madeleine, Paris' (CDA67922)
Saint-Saëns: Organ Music, Vol. 3 – La Madeleine, Paris
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Track 5 on CDA67922 [2'52]

O salutaris hostia in D major
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

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67922 track 5
Recording date
29 June 2011
Recording venue
La Madeleine, Paris, France
Recording producer
Daniel Moult
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
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    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: July 2012
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