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Angels in the Night (1896) by William Degouve de Nuncques (1867-1935)
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands / Lauros / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67825
Recording details: October 2009
Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: January 2011
Total duration: 8 minutes 9 seconds

'This welcome release should do much to restore Peeters's reputation as one of the most craftsmanlike and consistently satisfying organist-composers of the past century … the Tonbridge Marcussen [is] ideally suited to Peeters's clear contrapuntal voice-leading. Beautifully recorded, with excellent notes by David Gammie' (Gramophone)

'One mentions the varied nature of the music on this disc because it is so interesting and worthwhile and is so relatively infrequently heard these days, but the main plaudits should go to Trinkwon, whose playing throughout, particularly his tempos, phrasing and registrations, are of the highest class … all in all this CD constitutes another most valuble and welcome issue from Hyperion—so much so that one hopes it will lead to others' (International Record Review)

Élégie, Op 38
composer
1935; composed In piam memoriam matris meae delectae

Élégie Op 38  [8'09]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Peeters lost his father when he was only seven. When his mother died in 1935 he was moved to compose one of his most intense and personal works; the Élégie is dedicated In piam memoriam matris meae delectae (In blessed memory of my beloved mother). Marked Lento doloroso, and con grande espressione, the lament unfolds above an incessant tonic pedal, which is repeated in a syncopated ostinato throughout the first fifty bars while the music grows to a passionate climax and then subsides again. The ethereal final page moves from D minor to major, and introduces the plainsong In Paradisum: ‘May the angels lead you into Paradise …’. Here the ostinato is transformed into a gentle chime on the manuals, and the pedal note is sustained; it finally disappears at the very end while the hushed concluding chords float up to heaven.

from notes by David Gammie © 2011

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