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Track(s) taken from CDA67194
Recording details: June 1996
Hedvig Eleonora Kyrhan, Stockholm, Sweden
Produced by Arne-Peter Rognan
Engineered by Morten Lindberg
Release date: August 2000
Total duration: 7 minutes 35 seconds

'Halgeir Schiager is a player of dazzling technique and the recording is wonderfully spacious' (Gramophone)

'This is astonishing music, superbly played and recorded' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Halgeir Schiager draws forth an enormous range of tone colours, and tackles this difficult music with a virtuosity that is both effortless and spectacular. A wonderful disc' (International Record Review)

'Halgeir Schiager’s performances are just as thrilling as the music: his virtuosity is up to the extortionate demands Eben makes of his technique, and he delivers readings of extraordinary sweep and power. An exceptional disc' (Fanfare, USA)

'Halgeir Schiager’s playing is immaculate throughout – imaginatively registered and subtly articulated – and it is hard to imagine a better advocate for these pieces (Organists' Review)

'Halgeir Schiager's performances do this never less than vividly-conceived music proud' (The Irish Times)

'This new series by Hyperion is long overdue, and given the quality of this first volume, should be enormously successful. Programme notes by the composer complete this admirable release by Hyperion, and I for one greatly look forward to hearing more. Excellent' (The Organ)

Hommage à Buxtehude
composer
1987; subtitled Toccatenfuge; commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Schleswig-Holstein to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the birth of Buxtehude; quotes from BuxWV137 and BuxWV148

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Christopher Herrick (organ)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Czech composer Petr Eben was born in 1929 and died in 2007. His Hommage à Buxtehude, subtitled Toccatenfuge, was commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Schleswig-Holstein, who clearly plumped for Oldesloe as the place of Buxtehude’s birth and regarded ‘circa 1637’ as justifying 350th anniversary celebrations in 1987, to which year the work belongs. The score has a preface comprising quotations from the first bar of BuxWV137 and the first fugue-subject of BuxWV148. The first section, Con enfasi, ma più Allegro che Buxtehude, is based on the first bar of the C major work and constitutes a brilliant, improvisatory introduction. The second, Ben ritmico, dwells on the repeated-note fugue-subject of the G minor work, making occasional references to the C major pedal solo. The third, Scherzando, also based on the G minor fugue-subject, is fugal in character. The last movement, Tempo I, is a stunning toccata based on the rhythm of Buxtehude’s pedal solo, the outline of the G minor fugue-subject contributing increasingly powerful commentaries from the pedals. Buxtehude’s musical vocabulary was such that he would almost certainly have been bewildered by Eben’s work, fine though it is; but he could hardly fail to be moved by the highly inventive use it makes of his material, or fail to see in the work as a whole something of his own apparent joie de vivre.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2008


Other albums featuring this work
'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 12' (CDA67612)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 12

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