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RICHARD PANTCHEFF : SUITE FOR ORGAN AND OTHER ORGAN WORKS These works for Organ comprise some of the earliest works written for the instrument by this composer, as well as some of the most recent. The earlier works were written in Bad Soden am Taunus, Germany (when the composer was Assistant Organist at the Episcopal Church of Christ the King, Frankfurt); then came a number of new works written in Oxford, England; and now most recently are the works written in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Richard Pantcheff is composer in residence to a number of choirs, including the Chamber Choir of South Africa.
DIPTYCH FOR DEREK COOPER (Opus 73) was written in March and April 2010, to act as the focal point of a musical evening being presented at the City Hall, Johannesburg, in honour of Derek Cooper. Derek was not only an outstanding Chairman of Standard Bank of South Africa, but is also a great supporter of music and the arts, and a person of humanity and wisdom.
The work comprises two movements : I Festival Chaconne; and II Feast Day Recessional. Both works are celebratory in mood. The work was premiered by the composer on the four-manual Willis organ of the City Hall, Johannesburg, in May 2010. SUITE FOR ORGAN (Opus 72). This work was written, in Johannesburg, as a companion piece to the composers earlier SONATA FOR ORGAN, which is dedicated to Clive Driskill-Smith (and appears on HAVPCD339, played by the works dedicatee on the Organ of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford).
Although scored mainly for Manuals, the Suite explores many different forms and tonal colours across its five-movement structure. I Intrada, a fanfare-like piece in modified Sonata form, opens the work. II Duets, in more reflective mood, explores the relationship between pairs of themes. III Pastorale is a passacaglia on a deceptively simple-sounding, lilting, theme, but within the harmonies that accompany it, there are occasionally disturbing and dissonant tendencies.
IV Nocturne is a dream scape, in which the sleeper descends into a restless slumber, occasionally interrupted by nightmarish thoughts, until peace finally comes. This work creates some interesting parallels with the composers earlier work of the same name, for Contrabassoon and Orchestra (Opus 58, completed in 2008). V Epiphanies is a joyous release, with a vibrant theme offset against staccato broken chords (rather in the manner of the earlier work Paean see Track 14).
Richard Pantcheff is internationally-renowned as a composer of the highest quality contemporary music. His output is predominantly for voices and instruments, and comprises numerous choral works, a song cycle, Sonatas, a Requiem, part songs, and a large number of works for Organ. His work is performed across the globe.
|1||03:19||Diptych for Derek Cooper (Opus 73) – Festival Chaconne|
|2||03:28||Diptych for Derek Cooper (Opus 73) – Feast Day Recessional|
|3||02:46||Suite for organ (Opus 72) – Intrada|
|4||02:48||Suite for organ (Opus 72) – Duets|
|5||05:29||Suite for organ (Opus 72) – Pastorale|
|6||03:29||Suite for organ (Opus 72) – Nocturne|
|7||04:27||Suite for organ (Opus 72) – Epiphanies|
|8||05:13||Four Short Liturgical Interludes (Opus 45) – Interlude in D major|
|9||04:39||Four Short Liturgical Interludes (Opus 45) – Interlude in G minor|
|10||03:02||Four Short Liturgical Interludes (Opus 45) – Interlude in E minor|
|11||04:03||Four Short Liturgical Interludes (Opus 45) – Interlude in B flat major|
|12||03:20||Four Short Liturgical Interludes (Opus 45) – Procession into light (Opus 17 No 2)|
|13||01:22||Four Short Liturgical Interludes (Opus 45) – Fanfares (Opus 17 No 4)|
|14||01:59||Four Short Liturgical Interludes (Opus 45) – Paean (Opus 17 No 3)|
|15||02:40||Hymn Preludes – ‘St Gertrude’|
|16||03:55||Hymn Preludes – ‘Wychbold’|
|17||04:12||Hymn Preludes – ‘St Margaret’|
|18||03:19||Palm Sunday Processional (Opus 42)|
|19||03:05||Prelude & Fugue ‘The Phoenix of Johannesburg’ (Opus 75) – Prelude|
|20||03:40||Prelude & Fugue ‘The Phoenix of Johannesburg’ (Opus 75) – Fugue|