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Track(s) taken from CDA67577

Sonata eroïca, Op 94

composer
1930

Christopher Herrick (organ)
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
 
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'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)
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

Originaire de Liège, Joseph Jongen (1873–1953) passa l’essentiel de sa vie dans sa Belgique natale. Sa Sonata eroïca, op. 94 (1930), dédiée à Joseph Bonnet, est non seulement son chef-d’œuvre mais une des œuvres phare de la musique d’orgue du XXe siècle. À l’instar de la Sonate en si mineur de Liszt, elle n’est pas, comme pourrait le suggérer son titre, disposée en plusieurs mouvements mais présente un seul pan magnifique, où une belle et ingénieuse mélodie (entendue d’abord aux jeux de gambe) devient le sujet de variations qui, gagnant en intensité et en animation, s’achèvent sur un fugato finement ciselé. Là encore, on songe à Liszt car, malgré une écriture fuguée impeccable, Jongen abandonne bientôt le manuel de composition pour le style rhapsodique avec lequel cette œuvre atteint sa conclusion véritablement héroïque.

extrait des notes rédigées par Relf Clark © 2006
Français: Hypérion

Der in Liège/Lüttich geborene Joseph Jongen (1873–1953) verbrachte den Großteil seines Lebens in seinem Heimatland Belgien. Seine 1930 komponierte und Joseph Bonnet gewidmete Sonata eroïca, op. 94 ist nicht nur sein Meisterwerk, sondern auch ein Meilenstein in der Orgelliteratur des 20. Jahrhunderts. Dem Beispiel von Liszts Sonate in h-Moll folgend ist Jongens Sonata nicht, wie man vom Titel erwarten würde, mehrsätzig, sondern ein einziger herrlicher Bogen, bei dem eine schöne und individuelle Melodie (die zuerst in den Streicherklangregistern zu hören ist) als Thema für Variationen herangezogen wird, die an Intensität und Spannung zunehmend in ein fein gearbeitetes Fugato münden. Auch hier denkt man wieder an Liszt, da Jongen, auch wenn seine Fugentechnik nichts zu wünschen übrig lässt, das Schulbuch für einen rhapsodischen Kompositionsstil aufgibt, mit dem er das Werk wirklich heroisch beschließt.

aus dem Begleittext von Relf Clark © 2006
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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