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Track(s) taken from CDA67147

Laudes organi

author of text
12th-century Sequence

Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Recording details: July 1999
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: February 2000
Total duration: 19 minutes 17 seconds


'Sumptuously recorded and delivered with obvious affection for the music, this is my personal record of the year … Westminster Cathedral Choir's discography is distinguished by immaculate preparation, inspired direction, outstanding choral singing and superlative recorded sound. A simply glorious performance and, as with the Martin and Pizzetti recording, this entire release should inspire even those for whom sacred music is usually a closed book. In short, this is a disc not to be missed' (Gramophone)

'The intensity and focus of the treble voices, for which this choir is famed, brings a luminosity to Janacek's angular lines that compels attention … radiant performances' (BBC Music Magazine)

'These pieces have an affecting quality, and they are most beautifully sung and lucidly recorded' (International Record Review)

'An absolute triumph. Highly recommended' (Classic CD)
Laudes organi is Kodály’s last completed work. Commissioned by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, it is subtitled ‘Fantasia on a XIIth century Sequence’. (The Latin sequence in question is from a twelfth-century manuscript in Engelberg Monastery, Switzerland.) This piece is notable for its imposing organ introduction and interludes, and for its assured integration of post-Lisztian chromatic harmony with the earlier vocal traditions of Western art music. Its triumphant conclusion marks a fitting end to the career of a composer whose contribution to the Hungarian choral tradition remains unrivalled.

from notes by Paul Wingfield © 2000

Le Laudes organi est la dernière oeuvre achevée de Kodály. Commandée par le Chapitre d’Atlanta de la Confrérie Américaine des Organistes, elle porte le sous-titre «Fantaisie sur une séquence du XIIe siècle». (La séquence latine dont il s’agit est tirée d’un manuscrit du XIIe siècle conservé au monastère d’Engelberg, en Suisse.) Cette œuvre se distingue non seulement par le caractère imposant de son introduction et de ses inter­ludes d’orgue, mais aussi par la maîtrise avec laquelle y sont intégrées l’harmonie chromatique post-lisztienne et les anciennes traditions vocales de la musique d’art occi­den­tale. Sa conclusion triomphante fournit un point final approprié à la carrière d’un compositeur dont la con­tribution à la tradition chorale de la musique hongroise demeure sans égal.

extrait des notes rédigées par Paul Wingfield © 2000
Français: Atlas Translations

Laudes organi ist das letzte Werk, das Kodály fertig­stellte. Vom Atlanta Chapter der American Guild of Organists in Auftrag gegeben, trägt dieses Stück den Untertitel „Fantasie über eine Sequenz aus dem XII. Jahrhundert“. (Die betreffende lateinische Sequenz stammt aus einem Manuskript aus dem 12. Jahrhundert im Schweizer Kloster Engelbert.) Dieses Stück ist bemerkens­wert angesichts der imposanten Orgel­introduktion und -zwischenspiele sowie für seine sichere Integration von post-Liszt’scher chromatischer Harmonie und den früheren Gesangstraditionen der westlichen Kunst­musik. Sein triumphierender Schluß stellt ein passendes Ende für die Karriere eines Komponisten dar, dessen Beitrag zur ungarischen Chortradition unerreicht bleibt.

aus dem Begleittext von Paul Wingfield © 2000
Deutsch: Atlas Translations

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