According to Rimsky-Korsakov no combination of instruments sounds ugly or wrong as long as it is used with taste and intelligence. When composers such as Saint-Saens, Dupré and Widor are involved you know that taste and intelligence will be in abundance. The combination though of organ and piano may strike one as an odd one. The organ for hundreds of years had been the musical voice of the church, and later in the 19th century had become popular in large concert halls. The piano was the must have instrument in middle class homes. However, in the middle of the 19th century a new small organ, the harmonium became available, and many bourgeois homes had one in addition to the piano. The repertoire for piano and harmonium began to grow as composers cashed in on a rapidly growing market in domestic music making. The Dupré was composed with a concert hall organ in mind, and cannot be termed salon music at all. He composed this work to mark the death of Glazunov who had dedicated his Fantasie for organ op.110 to Dupré .It is a dazzling work topped off with a spectacular fugue. Lutoslawkis Variations on a theme by Paganini was composed in Nazi occupied Poland in 1941. Originally for two piano, he later orchestrated it, but in this arrangement for organ and piano his flawless musical technique is given a new life.
Œuvres de Langlais, Saint-Saëns, Widor, Lutoslawski, Bédard, Cervelló & Dupré / Duo Musart