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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: 15 minutes 43 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)

Sonata eroïca, Op 94
composer
1930

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Born in Liège, Joseph Jongen (1873–1953) spent most of his life in his native Belgium. His Sonata eroïca, Op 94, which dates from 1930 and bears a dedication to Joseph Bonnet, is not only his masterpiece but also a landmark in twentieth-century organ music. Following the example of Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, it is not, as the title might suggest, a multi-movement work but a magnificent single span in which a beautiful and ingenious melody (heard first on string-toned stops) is made the subject of variations which, growing in intensity and animation, conclude with a finely wrought fugato. Here again one thinks of Liszt, for although Jongen’s fugal writing is impeccable, he soon abandons the textbook in favour of the rhapsodic style of writing with which this work reaches its truly heroic conclusion.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2006

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