Tchaikovsky & Saint Saëns: Arrangements for Organ 4 Hands (Full Album, long version)

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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.

00:00:00 The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: I. Miniature Overture

00:04:47 The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses Caractéristiques. March

00:07:44 The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses Caractéristiques. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

00:09:52 The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses Caractéristiques. Russian Dance

00:11:26 The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses Caractéristiques. Arabian Dance

00:14:22 The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses Caractéristiques. Chinese Dance

00:15:44 The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses Caractéristiques. Dance of the Reed-Flutes

00:18:28 The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: III. Waltz of the Flowers

00:27:03 French Toccata on “Helmut”

00:37:16 Carnival of the Animals: I. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion

00:40:04 Carnival of the Animals: II. Hens and Cockerels

00:41:15 Carnival of the Animals: III. Wild Asses

00:42:05 Carnival of the Animals: IV. Tortoises

00:44:00 Carnival of the Animals: V. The Elephant

00:45:44 Carnival of the Animals: VI. Kangaroos

00:46:33 Carnival of the Animals: VII. Aquarium

00:49:17 Carnival of the Animals: VIII. People with Long Ears

00:50:24 Carnival of the Animals: IX. The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods

00:53:01 Carnival of the Animals: X. Aviary

00:54:36 Carnival of the Animals: XI. Pianists

00:56:06 Carnival of the Animals: XII. Fossils

00:57:51 Carnival of the Animals: XIII. The Swan

01:00:50 Carnival of the Animals: XIV. Finale

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