KAIJA SAARIAHO (b.1952): Maan varjot for Organ and Orchestra (Olivier Latry [organ]), SAMY MOUSSA (b.1984): A Globe itself infolding for Organ and Orchestra (Jean-Willy Kunz [organ]), CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921): Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78 (Latry [organ]).
Catalogue Number: 11R077
Reference: AN 2 8779
Description: This recording was made at the concert given to inaugurate the new grand organ at the Maison symphonique in Montréal, featuring the premieres of the two MSO commisions. Moussa's work begins with sustained unisons, chords and arpeggiated octave displacements spanning a wide register, setting up a grand 'sunrise' effect which carries through to the end in a continuous crescendo of harmonic and timbral density, and volume, briefly interrupted by a fast passage reminiscent of a French tradition organ toccata. Saariaho's piece, 'Earth's Shadows', dedicated to Dutilleux's memory, is a good deal less tonal, and features the composer's customary timbral innovation and inventive color palette. Organ and orchestra are treated as very different entities in collaboration, the one excelling in sustained chords and imposingly massive block effects, while the huge range of fluid textures, instrumental sounds, microtones and pitch variation available to the orchestra are fully explored in a work full of mystery, ecstasy and dramatic intensity. Montreal Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano.