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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: 5 minutes 55 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)

Kleine Choralpartita über O Jesu, all mein Leben bist du
composer

Thema  [0'37]
Agitato molto  [1'10]
Poco moderato  [0'35]
Allegretto  [0'58]
Risoluto  [1'05]
Allegro  [1'30]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
I composed this small choral partita after completing a series of larger organ works (Sonntagsmusik, Laudes, 2 Choralphantasien) at the request of a number of different organists, who encouraged me to contribute towards producing an easier repertoire designed for church musicians and not to concentrate solely on works for concert performers.

Consequently, this composition, in addition to the Versetti, was conceived for liturgical use (where themes and the first 3 variations were intended as communion music, and variations IV and V as the finale and postlude).

However, this does not mean that it cannot be used in concert performances, which is why more focus has been given to contrast in the variation cycle, and a logical and satisfying progression.

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

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