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Bastille Day at Lorient (1892) by Henry Moret (1856-1913)
Galerie L'Ergasterre, Paris / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67458
Recording details: June 2003
Concert Hall of the Francis Winspear Centre, Edmonton, Canada
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon & Ron Yachimec
Release date: January 2004
Total duration: 3 minutes 5 seconds

'Herrick portrays it as a persuasive, powerful and utterly compelling entity in which every note holds the listener in thrall, while this huge 96-stop Canadian organ has more colour than even Liszt, in his wildest dreams, could ever have imagined' (Gramophone)

'He brings enthusiasm and boundless energy to whatever repertoire he tackles. Apt registrations, dexterous clarity, and phrase-making metrical verve inform his performances … The sound on this release is excellent' (Fanfare, USA)

'…other recitalists please follow suit!' (The Organ)

Siyahamba 'We are marching in the light of God'

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Siyahamba, which is subtitled ‘We are marching in the light of God’ and based on a South African freedom song, is the first of the Three Global Songs of John A Behnke (born 1953), a professor at Concordia University in Wisconsin, USA. The repeated and sometimes syncopated chords which are heard at the outset introduce ‘Stanza One’, a jaunty first statement of the theme. An ‘Interlude’ then leads to a robust further statement, in which the pedals are heard for the first time and the theme is nobly declaimed on a trumpet stop. At the second ‘Interlude’, the music abruptly switches from the solidity of G major to the sparkle of the remote key of A major, and a passage similar to that heard initially introduces the final ‘Stanza’, which is marked fortissimo and A bit slower, more majestic. The repeated chords’ return make one think that the music is dancing into the dim distance, but the composer surprises us.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2004

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