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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67196
Recording details: November 2000
Oslo Cathedral, Norway
Produced by Chris Hazell
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: March 2002
Total duration: 13 minutes 22 seconds

'A delightful programme of short pieces continues this series devoted to the organ music of a contemporary Czech composer. He could hardly wish for a more sympathetic or more virtuoso interpreter, and the recording renders the splendour of both instruments very vividly' (Gramophone)

'This CD continues the barnstorming success of the previous two … Eben's organ music is a major discovery, full of variety and invention. Heartily recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

Ten Chorale Preludes
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
These are moderately difficult preludes to Bohemian Brotherhood hymns that can be used as concert pieces or in church services. They were originally commissioned by the Bärenreiter Verlag, a German classical music publisher, who was responsible for the choice of preludes. The publisher’ s requirements were difficult to meet since they wanted compositions suitable for use in church services, which could be played by organists without formal training and at the same time could be used as stand-alone concert pieces. For this reason a score was written on two staves instead of the three that are commonly used in organ music. I wanted to communicate the different individual characters of the hymns. The arrangements do not follow the traditional hymn prelude model, but assume different forms (e.g. passacaglia, ostinati etc.)

from notes by Petr Eben © 2002
English: Julia Rushworth and Atlas Translations

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