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Track(s) taken from CDA67586

Te Deum, Op 11


Robert Quinney (organ)
Recording details: February 2006
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Summerly
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: September 2006
Total duration: 8 minutes 51 seconds


'Anglican music can be heard at its best from Westminster Abbey … a varied programme stylishly performed' (Choir & Organ)

'Early notice is served of how well the Abbey's choristers are currently singing … an admirably varied programme, with excellent Hyperion recording' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Exhilarating performances' (The Daily Telegraph)

'As with the previous releases in this series, the choir (and organist Robert Quinney, who here ends the disc in spectacular fashion with Jeanne Demessieux's Te Deum), under the fluent direction of James O'Donnell, is above reproach' (International Record Review)

'After eight years James O'Donnell has brought a new sound to the choir of Westminster Abbey. The boys show the greater improvement, a firmer, more solid tone, but the men also now sound like the best adult choirs … the acoustics of the Gothic building are superb, and the organ makes magnificent sounds' (Fanfare, USA)

'The range of musical styles is as varied as could be … the standard of singing and recording is fully equal to such demanding music, but it is equally satisfying to hear psalms and familiar canticles, Stanford in C (Morning) and Purcell in G minor (Evening) performed with such loving care. An excellent disc, highly recommended' (Cathedral Music)
This Te Deum, for solo organ, was composed by the French woman organist Jeanne Demessieux. A student of Marcel Dupré, Demessieux (1921–1968) had a brilliant international career as a virtuoso and was particularly renowned for her improvisations. She was the first female organist to perform at Westminster Abbey. The Te Deum, Op 11, was written in 1965. It is closely based on the plainsong melody and, unlike many organ works based on the chant, is not an improvisatory fantasia, but instead builds up tension through the use of ostinatos and driving rhythms, allied to a powerful, sometimes dissonant harmonic language. Finally the tension erupts into a wilder, freer section resulting in a resplendent final E major chord.

from notes by James O'Donnell © 2006

Ce Te Deum, pour orgue solo, fut composé par l’organiste française Jeanne Demessieux (1921–1968). Cette élève de Marcel Dupré, qui connut une brillante carrière internationale de virtuose (particulièrement réputée pour ses improvisations), fut la première femme organiste à jouer à l’abbaye de Westminster. Écrit en 1965, son Te Deum, op.11 repose étroitement sur la mélodie grégorienne. Mais, contrairement à la maintes œuvres d’orgue fondées sur le plain-chant, il n’est en rien une fantaisie de caractère improvisé et bâtit une tension via l’usage d’ostinatos et de rythmes battants, alliés à un langage harmonique puissant, parfois dissonant. Finalement, la tension jaillit en une section plus déchaînée, plus libre, qui aboutit à un resplendissant accord en ré majeur.

extrait des notes rédigées par James O'Donnell © 2006
Français: Hypérion

Diese Te Deum ist für Orgel solo, von der französischen Organistin Jeanne Desmessieux (1921–1968). Sie war eine Studentin von Marcel Dupré, hatte eine brillante internationale Karriere als Virtuosin und war besonders für ihre Improvisationen berühmt. Sie war die erste Frau, die in der Westminster Abbey Orgel spielen sollte. Das Te Deum, Op. 11, wurde 1965 geschrieben. Es hält sich eng an die Choralmelodie und ist im Gegensatz zu vielen Orgelwerken, die auf der Choralmelodie basieren, keine improvisatorische Phantasie, sondern baut ihre Spannung durch den Gebrauch von Ostinati und treibenden Rhythmen vereint mit einer kraftvollen, oft dissonanten harmonischen Sprache auf. Diese Spannung bricht schließlich in einer wilderen, freieren Passage, die in einem prächtigen Schlussakkord in E-Dur kulminiert.

aus dem Begleittext von James O'Donnell © 2006
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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