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Jan Janca (b.1933): Organ and Choir Works, Vol. 4 / Ruben Sturm, organ; Karl-Forster-Chor Berlin, Volker Hedtfeld

Album Summary

>ca, Jan : Toccata und Fuge f-moll
>ca, Jan : Grosser Gott wir loben dich, for organ ("A German Te Deum between Boogie and Waltz")
>ca, Jan : Elegie for organ in D minor (from "Intrade, Elegie und Sortie")
>ca, Jan : Manchmal kennen wir Gottes Willen, verses for organ
>ca, Jan : Bridal March and Dance, for organ
>ca, Jan : Weltliche Trilogie, for organ
>ca, Jan : Preludes (4) for organ (for the collection "Jazz Inspirations no 1")
>ca, Jan : O du fröhliche, sortie for organ
>ca, Jan : Meditation on "Once in Royal David's City", for organ (for the collection "Jazz Inspirations no 2")
>ca, Jan : Nun danket all und bringet Ehr, chorale toccata for organ
>ca, Jan : Missa de Angelis, for chorus & organ
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jan Janca's music reflects his personal experience. In remarkable wise he succeeds in combining music for practical liturgical use with the highest artistic aspirations. Especially the Missa de Angelis, composed in 1979 and including congregational song, impressively demonstrates this fact. Janca's works lend themselves to performance - by no means the rule for contemporary composers.

It is also clearly audible that Janca appreciates more animated rhythms. His arrangement of the triumphant chorale "Großer Gott, wir loben dich" (Great God We Praise You) reflects this fact already in its title: "A German Te Deum between Boogie and Waltz." Jazz is also a source of inspiration in the four preludes for modern church hymns recorded here. The "Sortie über 'O du fröhliche'" (Variations on Oh You Merry) offers the best of motion pictures - and gets us into the Christmas spirit, no matter the season!

Janca is now over eighty years old and traces his roots to Gdansk. During the 1950s he resided in the West in order to study with Marcel Dupré. Ruben Stumm, the Regensburg Cathedral Organist, plays the organ works at Janca's "home church" in Tübingen, and the Opus Vocale Choir of Berlin performs the Missa with vigorous participation by the Karl Foster Choir in the role of the "congregation."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (05/13/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (05/13/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (06/28/2015-06/30/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (06/28/2015-06/30/2015).



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>ca, Jan : Toccata und Fuge f-moll :: Toccata. Allegro
  • Performer: Ruben Sturm (Organ)
  • Conductor: Volker Hedtfeld
  • Ensemble: Karl-Forster-Chor Berlin
  • Notes: St. Johannes Kirche (05/13/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (05/13/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (06/28/2015-06/30/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1954

>ca, Jan : Toccata und Fuge f-moll :: Fuge. Allegro con brio
  • Performer: Ruben Sturm (Organ)
  • Notes: Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (05/13/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (05/13/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (06/28/2015-06/30/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1954

>ca, Jan : Grosser Gott wir loben dich, for organ ("A German Te Deum between Boogie and Waltz")
  • Performer: Ruben Sturm (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Johannes Kirche (05/13/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (05/13/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (06/28/2015-06/30/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>ca, Jan : Elegie for organ in D minor (from "Intrade, Elegie und Sortie")
  • Performer: Ruben Sturm (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Johannes Kirche (05/13/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (05/13/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (06/28/2015-06/30/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>ca, Jan : Manchmal kennen wir Gottes Willen, verses for organ
  • Performer: Ruben Sturm (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Johannes Kirche (05/13/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (05/13/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (06/28/2015-06/30/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>ca, Jan : Bridal March and Dance, for organ
  • Performer: Ruben Sturm (Organ)
  • Notes: Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (05/13/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (05/13/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (06/28/2015-06/30/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>ca, Jan : Weltliche Trilogie, for organ
  • Performer: Ruben Sturm (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Johannes Kirche (05/13/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (05/13/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (06/28/2015-06/30/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>ca, Jan : Preludes (4) for organ (for the collection "Jazz Inspirations no 1")
  • Performer: Ruben Sturm (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Johannes Kirche (05/13/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (05/13/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (06/28/2015-06/30/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>ca, Jan : O du fröhliche, sortie for organ
  • Performer: Ruben Sturm (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Johannes Kirche (05/13/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (05/13/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (06/28/2015-06/30/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>ca, Jan : Meditation on "Once in Royal David's City", for organ (for the collection "Jazz Inspirations no 2")
  • Performer: Ruben Sturm (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Johannes Kirche (05/13/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (05/13/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (06/28/2015-06/30/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>ca, Jan : Nun danket all und bringet Ehr, chorale toccata for organ
  • Performer: Ruben Sturm (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Johannes Kirche (05/13/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (05/13/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (06/28/2015-06/30/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>ca, Jan : Missa de Angelis, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Heiko Holtmeier (Organ)
  • Conductor: Volker Hedtfeld
  • Notes: St. Johannes Kirche (05/13/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (05/13/2015); St. Johannes Kirche (06/28/2015-06/30/2015); Berlin-Moabit, Dominikanerkirche St. Paulus (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979