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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67198
Recording details: June 2004
Hedvig Eleonora Kyrhan, Stockholm, Sweden
Produced by Chris Hazell
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: January 2006
Total duration: 8 minutes 34 seconds

'Hyperion captures the organ of Stockholm's Hedvig Eleonora Church superbly—an object lesson in harnessing clarity and spaciousness in that trickiest of acoustics, the church. Eben is now in his 76th year, and though it's possible his intégrale may yet be incremented, these five volumes of organ music document a highly original voice of our times. In short, they demand to be heard' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Schiager has certainly proved his credentials as an advocate of Eben's music … his impeccable articulation, deft handling of the splendid three manual, 58-stop Grölunds organ of Stockholm's Hedvig Eleonora Church and complete grasp of each score, establish this entire series as a matchless point of reference to Eben's organ music' (International Record Review)

'Halgeir Schaiger's performances on the fine organ of Hedvig Eleonora Kyrkan, Stockholm (Grölunds Orgelbyggeri, Gammelstad, 1975-76), are probing and, where need be, electrifying. He is at all moments at the service of a quite extraordinary composer. Percussionist Eirik Raude and trumpeter Jan Fredrik Christiansen are splendid, and Schiager is at the top of his estimable game. I await the next volume' (Fanfare, USA)

Campanae gloriosae
composer
1999

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Campanae gloriosae was written in 1999 as the result of a commission from the Cathedral of Trier to mark the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the cathedral organ built by the distinguished firm of Johannes Klais of Bonn, an instrument of four manuals and sixty-seven stops. The work is a colourful fantasy based upon the notes of the five bells of the cathedral which strike the hours in a descending sequence a´, e´, f#´, c#´, a, plus the two small bells sounding a third – c´´´ and ab´´ – of the neighbouring church of St Gangolf. The work, dedicated by the composer to the Cathedral in Trier, was given its first performance on 11 May 1999 during the Trier International Organ Days, played by the cathedral organist Josef Still.

from notes by Graham Melville-Mason © 2006

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