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Track(s) taken from CDA67198

Prelude 1


Halgeir Schiager (organ)
Recording details: June 2004
Hedvig Eleonora Kyrhan, Stockholm, Sweden
Produced by Chris Hazell
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: January 2006
Total duration: 4 minutes 58 seconds


'Hyperion captures the organ of Stockholm's Hedvig Eleonora Church superbly—an object lesson in harnessing clarity and spaciousness in that trickiest of acoustics, the church. Eben is now in his 76th year, and though it's possible his intégrale may yet be incremented, these five volumes of organ music document a highly original voice of our times. In short, they demand to be heard' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Schiager has certainly proved his credentials as an advocate of Eben's music … his impeccable articulation, deft handling of the splendid three manual, 58-stop Grölunds organ of Stockholm's Hedvig Eleonora Church and complete grasp of each score, establish this entire series as a matchless point of reference to Eben's organ music' (International Record Review)

'Halgeir Schaiger's performances on the fine organ of Hedvig Eleonora Kyrkan, Stockholm (Grölunds Orgelbyggeri, Gammelstad, 1975-76), are probing and, where need be, electrifying. He is at all moments at the service of a quite extraordinary composer. Percussionist Eirik Raude and trumpeter Jan Fredrik Christiansen are splendid, and Schiager is at the top of his estimable game. I await the next volume' (Fanfare, USA)
Although the short Prelude 1 carries the subtitle ‘Happy Birthday’, this was a misunderstanding on the part of the composer, since it was among a number of works written to mark the retirement of the American concert artists manager Karen McFarlane, when a number of her artists either wrote or performed works for that occasion. Nevertheless, it is a brilliant occasional piece, demonstrating the composer’s ability to condense into a comparative trifle an amazing variety of elements relevant to a more significant composition. It was given its first performance by Susan Landale, another of McFarlane’s artists, at the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, in September 2000.

from notes by Graham Melville-Mason © 2006

Le sous-titre de Prelude 1, «Happy Birthday», résulte d’un malentendu de la part du compositeur, puisque cette œuvre brève fit en fait partie d’un ensemble de pièces écrites pour marquer le départ en retraite de la manager de concertistes américains, Karen McFarlane – à cette occasion, plusieurs de ses artistes composèrent ou interprétèrent des œuvres. Reste qu’il s’agit d’une brillante pièce de circonstance, preuve de l’aptitude d’Eben à condenser en un relatif petit rien une stupéfiante diversité d’éléments digne d’une composition plus conséquente. L’œuvre fut créée par Susan Landale, l’une des artistes de McFarlane, au Peabody Conservatory de Baltimore, en septembre 2000.

extrait des notes rédigées par Graham Melville-Mason © 2006
Français: Hypérion

Obwohl Präludium 1 (2000) den Untertitel „Happy Birthday“ trägt, war dies einem Missverständnis seitens des Komponisten zu verdanken, denn es gehört zu einer Anzahl Werke, die entstanden, als die amerikanische Künstlermanagerin Karen McFarlane in den Ruhestand trat – aus diesem Anlass erboten sich mehrere ihrer Künstler, Werke zu komponieren bzw. aufzuführen. Nichtsdestoweniger handelt es sich um eine brillante kurze Gelegenheitskomposition, die von der Fähigkeit ihres Urhebers kündet, in ein vergleichsweise geringfügiges Stück eine verblüffende Vielzahl von Elementen einzubauen, wie sie einer bedeutenderen Komposition angemessen wären. Die Uraufführung besorgte Susan Landale, ebenfalls eine von Karen McFarlane betreute Künstlerin, im September 2000 am Peabody-Konservatorium in Baltimore.

aus dem Begleittext von Graham Melville-Mason © 2006
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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