Tchaikovsky & Saint-Saëns: Arrangements for Organ 4-Hands

Tchaikovsky & Saint-Saëns: Arrangements for Organ 4-Hands
Composer Camille Saint-Saëns, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Ralf Bölting
Artist Emanuele Cardi & Gianfranco Nicoletti organ 4-hands
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94881
EAN code 5028421948812
Release January 2014

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About this release

This release features two of the most famous compositions in Western music history, though not quite as the listener knows them. As with many canonic works over the course of time, Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite have been boldly reimagined here for organ 4-hands; transcribed by Alexander Därr, these pieces find inventive solutions to the challenges of colour and texture posed by the originals, and yet are respectful of the range and potential of the instrument.

A matter of intrinsic creativity, therefore, which contrasts with earlier times in which transcriptions were a means of introducing opera to wider audiences, enriching the repertoire of certain instruments and providing adaptations for different ensembles. Also included on the set is Ralf Bölting’s lively Toccata Française sur le nom Helmut, a magnificent composition that celebrates great works of the past and calls for an enormous amount of skill on the part of the players, who are faced with what one critic described as a ‘staggering tour de force’. It’s an exciting ‘filler’ on a release detailing consummate performances by maestros Emanuele Cardi and Gianfranco Nicoletti, two of Italy’s leading organists.

Other information:
- Recorded 27–28 August, Vairano Scalo, Caserta, Italy.
- This CD is a showcase of the magnificent organ, built in 2011 by the famous organ builder Mascioni, located in the Church of Santi Cosma e Damiano, in Vairano Scalo.
- The seemingly boundless possibilities of this instrument, which is inspired by the legendary Cavaillé-Coll organs, are demonstrated in these spectacular arrangements of two popular scores, the Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns and the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky: a festival of colours, timbres and sheer power!
- Played with obvious zest and enjoyment by two fine Italian organists: Emanuele Cardi and Gianfranco Nicoletti.
- Booklet contains liner notes, artist biographies and information about the organ specifications.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: I. Miniature Overture
  2. The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses Caractéristiques. March
  3. The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses Caractéristiques. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  4. The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses Caractéristiques. Russian Dance
  5. The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses Caractéristiques. Arabian Dance
  6. The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses Caractéristiques. Chinese Dance
  7. The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses Caractéristiques. Dance of the Reed-Flutes
  8. The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: III. Waltz of the Flowers
  9. French Toccata on “Helmut”
  10. Carnival of the Animals: I. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion
  11. Carnival of the Animals: II. Hens and Cockerels
  12. Carnival of the Animals: III. Wild Asses
  13. Carnival of the Animals: IV. Tortoises
  14. Carnival of the Animals: V. The Elephant
  15. Carnival of the Animals: VI. Kangaroos
  16. Carnival of the Animals: VII. Aquarium
  17. Carnival of the Animals: VIII. People with Long Ears
  18. Carnival of the Animals: IX. The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods
  19. Carnival of the Animals: X. Aviary
  20. Carnival of the Animals: XI. Pianists
  21. Carnival of the Animals: XII. Fossils
  22. Carnival of the Animals: XIII. The Swan
  23. Carnival of the Animals: XIV. Finale