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O salutaris hostia in D major

1904; dedicated to Gaston Choisnel; Saint-Saëns' own arrangement of the fifth movement of his Op 4 Mass of 1856

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

Gaston Choisnel fut le dédicataire d’O salutaris hostia, que Saint-Saëns—fait unique—transcrivit lui-même pour orgue. D’ordinaire, il était heureux de laisser à d’autres (notamment Guilmant, Busser, Boëllmann et Gigout) le soin de réaliser ces arrangements mais, en 1904, il revint à sa Messe op. 4 de 1856 et à son charmant cinquième mouvement, pour sopranos et orgue, source de cette miniature. Il la joua à la salle Pleyel en novembre 1904, ce qui fit écrire à Arthur Pougin, dans Le Ménestrel: une pièce «absolument ravissante» qui «enchanta tant le public» et qui souleva «des applaudissements si enthousiastes qu’il a dû la bisser».

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew-John Smith © 2012
Français: Hypérion


Saint-Saëns: Organ Music, Vol. 3 - La Madeleine, Paris
Studio Master: CDA67922Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata 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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