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Petr Eben: Symphonia Gregoriana

Album Summary

>Eben, Petr : Concerto for organ "Symphonia Gregoriana"
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Notes & Reviews:

"If you love Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony or Poulenc's Organ Concerto, then you're really going to love this piece, which was composed in 1954. Scored for organ, strings, horns, trumpets, two harps, and percussion, it's a 56-minute symphonic extravaganza full of really haunting melodies (some of them Chant-based) and atmospheric sounds. Petr Eben also was a big admirer of Mahler, and it shows in the music's overt emotionalism, its wide mood swings, and the bittersweet lyricism of the Adagio. There is absolutely nothing contrived about the triumphant conclusion: it's a sincere and well-earned victory. By rights the work ought to be a standard repertory item for any orchestra blessed with a decent concert hall organ... You'll be thrilled to discover this piece." -ClassicsToday

"an uncluttered and wholly unpretentious view of a work which most hearing this disc will be encountering for the first time. The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Gabriel Feltz are neat and dovetail nicely into Rost's measured virtuosity...there's more than enough here not just to whet the appetite but to make this a performance well worth hearing in its own right." -Gramophone

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthalle Bamberg, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal (04/14/2009-04/16/2009).


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>Eben, Petr : Concerto for organ "Symphonia Gregoriana"
  • Performer: Gunther Rost (Organ)
  • Conductor: Gabriel Feltz
  • Notes: Konzerthalle Bamberg, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal (04/14/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral