Re-edition – first released in SACD format, 2006
Ingenious developments in organ-building in France in the 19th century gave rise to a repertoire of colorful, grandiose, and virtuosic music. At the time, musical life was focused on the few musicians who both held the posts of organist at prestigious centers, and were also composers. Guilmant, Vierne, and Widor wrote a considerable amount of music for the organ, while Saint-Saëns, though a prolific composer, wrote only a few works for organ. His Symphony No. 3 (“Organ Symphony”) was an attempt at the modern and avant-garde, with a major part for the organ and with a piano played by four-hands used as an orchestral instrument.