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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: 8 minutes 34 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)

originally organ interludes for the Missa cum populo; No 1: Palm Sunday antiphon 'Pueri Hebraeorum' EH617; No 2: 'Adoro te devote' EH331

Moderato fluente  [4'39]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The two Versetti were originally composed as organ interludes for my Missa cum populo for chorus, organ, wind instruments and congregation. They are, however, suitable for separate recital performance, although I conceived them as liturgical music to be played at those junctures in the Mass at which organ interludes can be inserted – thus particularly during the Offertory and the Communion. This is why the first movement makes use of the Gregorian Palm Sunday antiphon ‘Pueri habraeorum’ (English Hymnal 617) whose text contains the Hosanna and Benedictus and hence establishes a link with the following Sanctus. The prevailing mood of the five variations is that of a joyful procession, hence the sharply dotted rhythm of the ‘ben ritmico’ and the dance-like character of the ‘scherzando’ and ‘con gioia’.

The second movement is based on the Gregorian hymn ‘Adoro te devote’ (English Hymnal 331). In terms both of its content and of its liturgical character it is meditational, while the use of registration and dynamics is sparing. In the concert hall, however, both pieces may be played with a rather wider range of colour, and their performance in the reverse order would be preferable.

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

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