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Saint Saëns Requiem & Organ Symphony
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon

The French composer Camille Saint-Saëns was a child prodigy.   His father died just after he was born, and he was brought up by his mother and an aunt who began to teach him the piano when he was two.   He was composing by the age of three, and played concertos by Mozart and Beethoven when he was ten.   He also showed a keen interest in other intellectual pursuits, particularly archaeology, geology, astronomy and philosophy.
Saint-Saëns studied at the Paris Conservatoire, and was organist at the Madeleine church in Paris from 1857-76.   After hearing him improvise, Liszt declared him the greatest organist in the world.   In return, Saint-Saëns acknowledged Liszt's influence on his own symphonic poems of the 1870s:

Tinuke Olafimihan soprano   Anthony Roden tenor
Catherine Wyn-Rogers contralto   Simon Kirkbride bass
The Hertfordshire, Harlow and East London Choruses
Michael Kibblewhite director
James O'Donnell organ


[1]   Overture to La Princesse Jaune 6:39*

Requiem 35:41*
[2]   i. Requiem-Kyrie 5:53
[3]   ii. Dies Irae 7:25
[4]   iii. Rex Tremendae 3:03
[5]   iv. Oro Supplex 5:05
[6]   v. Hostias 2:31
[7]   vi. Sanctus 1:22
[8]   vii. Benedictus 1:44
[9]   viii. Agnus Dei 8:18

Symphony No.3 in C minor-Organ Symphony 35:42
[10] i. Adagio-Allegro 9:49
[11] ii. Adagio 10:44
[12] iii. Allegro 15:11

Total Time 78:27

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