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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67577
Recording details: January 2006
Eugene McDermott Concert Hall, Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, USA
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Andrés Villalta
Release date: August 2006
Total duration: 5 minutes 5 seconds

'As we have come to expect from Christopher Herrick and Hyperion everything is done to the highest standard. The varied and exciting programme is convincingly played, making full use of the extensive tonal spread of the organ, whilst the accompanying programme notes are both comprehensive and interesting … another fine organ firework display, which I'm certain readers will enjoy' (Cathedral Music)

'Christopher Herrick is his usual inimitable self, combing a sense of fun with a spontaneous grandeur which is at times, totally arresting. The listener is also regaled with the impressive sound of the Lay Family Organ in Dallas, Texas, a 4535-pipe monster. Volume XII please?' (Classical.net)

'Some wonderful pieces to hear … the rich sounding recording makes the most of the fireworks' (Essex Chronicle)

Prelude 'for a Solemn Occasion'
composer
1949 for orchestra and narrator; 1953 organ arrangement by Copland

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Aaron Copland (1900–1990) wrotes this work in 1949 in response to a commission from the National Broadcasting Company, who wanted something to mark the United Nations’ adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights. In its original form it was for narrator and orchestra; the composer himself made this organ arrangement in 1953. The stark, arresting opening leads to gentle, sustained music that could be the work of no one but Copland. A section in D major, directed to be played dolce cantabile, contains a broad, chorale-like melody which, after further gentle, sustained music, is heard, fortissimo, in E flat major. The music broadens and concludes majestically in C major.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2006

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