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Eben: Job, Laudes, Hommage à Buxtehude / Halgeir Schiager

Album Summary

>Eben, Petr : Laudes for organ
>Eben, Petr : Job for organ (& optional narrator)
>Eben, Petr : Hommage a Buxtehude, for organ
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Petr Eben is one of the foremost composers from the Czech Republic. His works for organ are among his most popular, including Laudes and Job, both of which are on this disc. The Book of Job is seen by the composer to be extremely topical. It answers one of the most difficult questions on life asked to this day: Why do good people suffer misfortune? The music will appeal to devotees of modern organ music; for this genre, it is music of the highest order.

'This is astonishing music, superbly played and recorded' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'This new series by Hyperion is long overdue, and given the quality of this first volume, should be enormously successful. Programme notes by the composer complete this admirable release by Hyperion, and I for one greatly look forward to hearing more. Excellent' (The Organ)

'Halgeir Schiager's performances do this never less than vividly-conceived music proud' (The Irish Times)

'Halgeir Schiager's playing is immaculate throughout - imaginatively registered and subtly articulated - and it is hard to imagine a better advocate for these pieces (Organists' Review)

'Halgeir Schiager's performances are just as thrilling as the music: his virtuosity is up to the extortionate demands Eben makes of his technique, and he delivers readings of extraordinary sweep and power. An exceptional disc' (Fanfare, USA)

'Halgeir Schiager is a player of dazzling technique and the recording is wonderfully spacious' (Gramophone)

'Halgeir Schiager draws forth an enormous range of tone colours, and tackles this difficult music with a virtuosity that is both effortless and spectacular. A wonderful disc' (International Record Review)



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Works Details

>Eben, Petr : Laudes for organ
  • Performer: Halgeir Schiager (Organ)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Eben, Petr : Job for organ (& optional narrator)
  • Performer: Halgeir Schiager (Organ)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987

>Eben, Petr : Hommage a Buxtehude, for organ
  • Performer: Halgeir Schiager (Organ)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern