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Track(s) taken from CDA67825

Concert Piece, Op 52a

1955; the composer's own abbreviated arrangement for organ solo of the finale of his 1944 Organ Concerto

D'Arcy Trinkwon (organ)
Recording details: October 2009
Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: January 2011
Total duration: 7 minutes 1 seconds

Cover artwork: Angels in the Night (1896) by William Degouve de Nuncques (1867-1935)
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands / Lauros / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'This welcome release should do much to restore Peeters's reputation as one of the most craftsmanlike and consistently satisfying organist-composers of the past century … the Tonbridge Marcussen [is] ideally suited to Peeters's clear contrapuntal voice-leading. Beautifully recorded, with excellent notes by David Gammie' (Gramophone)

'One mentions the varied nature of the music on this disc because it is so interesting and worthwhile and is so relatively infrequently heard these days, but the main plaudits should go to Trinkwon, whose playing throughout, particularly his tempos, phrasing and registrations, are of the highest class … all in all this CD constitutes another most valuble and welcome issue from Hyperion—so much so that one hopes it will lead to others' (International Record Review)
Peeters’ largest orchestral work was a forty-minute Organ Concerto; composed during the dark final weeks of 1944 during the bloody Ardennes Offensive (the Battle of the Bulge), it was premiered on Belgian Radio after the Liberation the following year. In 1955 he published an abbreviated arrangement for organ solo of the concerto’s finale, under the title Concert Piece. It begins with the concerto’s spectacular solo cadenza and ends with the brilliant closing pages, with a quieter interlude in the middle, incorporating some of the more lyrical elements from the longer orchestral version. In the 1930s Peeters had composed a Flemish Rhapsody; he described it as ‘a fresco of the Flemish character: energetic rhythm, decorative form, vigorous substance, colourful registration, strong nature’, and this description could equally well be applied to the concerto.

from notes by David Gammie © 2011

La plus vaste œuvre orchestrale de Peeters fut un Concerto pour orgue de quarante minutes composé dans les sombres dernières semaines de 1944, pendant la sanglante bataille des Ardennes, et créé à la Radio belge l’année suivante, après la Libération. En 1955, Peeters tira de son finale un arrangement réduit pour orgue solo. Publié sous le titre Concert Piece (Morceau de concert), il s’ouvre sur la spectaculaire cadenza solo du concerto et s’achève sur les brillantes pages conclusives avec, au milieu, un interlude plus paisible, incorporant certains éléments lyriques de la version orchestrale, plus longue. Dans les années 1930, Peeters composa une Rhapsodie flamande qu’il décrivit comme «une fresque du caractère flamand: rythme énergique, forme décorative, substance vigoureuse, registration truculente, nature puissante»—une description qui pourrait tout autant convenir à son concerto.

extrait des notes rédigées par David Gammie © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Peeters’ größtes Orchesterwerk ist das vierzig Minuten lange Orgelkonzert, das er während der blutigen Ardennen-Offensive in den letzten, dunklen Wochen des Jahres 1944 komponierte und das seine Uraufführung im belgischen Rundfunk nach der Befreiung des Landes im folgenden Jahr erlebte. 1955 veröffentlichte Peeters unter dem Namen Concert Piece eine gekürzte Fassung des letzten Satzes für Orgelsolo. Das Stück beginnt mit der spektakulären Solokadenz des Konzerts und schließt mit den brillanten letzten Seiten, deren ruhigeres Zwischenspiel in der Mitte einige der stärker lyrischen Elemente aus der längeren Orchesterfassung enthält. In den Dreißiger Jahren hatte Peeters eine Flämische Rhapsodie komponiert, über die er sagte, sie sei „ein Fresco des flämischen Charakters: energisch im Rhythmus, dekorativ in der Form, von lebhafter Substanz, farbenreicher Registrierung und starker von Natur“, eine Beschreibung, die man ebenso gut auf das Konzert anwenden könnte.

aus dem Begleittext von David Gammie © 2011
Deutsch: Henning Weber

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