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Pastorale

composer
1909

 
The Pastorale for organ is a work of sublime beauty. It is surprising that the piece is little-known and rarely performed, for it is a veritable virtuosic masterpiece—and one which manages to convey a real grandeur of structure without ever losing its lightness of touch. The work is based on a serene siciliano theme, which the composer gradually develops with ever-increasing harmonic daring and textural intricacy, exploiting a huge range of the instrument’s tonal colours, and building up a thrilling climax, before subsiding once more to the peaceful manner in which it started.

from notes by Matthew O'Donovan © 2010

Recordings

Langlais: Messe solennelle
SIGCD206Download only

Details

Track 16 on SIGCD206 [12'17] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD206 track 16

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-10-20616
Duration
12'17
Recording date
6 March 2009
Recording venue
Eton College Chapel, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Matthew O'Donovan
Recording engineer
Mike Skeet
Hyperion usage
  1. Langlais: Messe solennelle (SIGCD206)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: June 2010
    Download only
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