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Masterworks For Organ, Orchestra And Percussion


Release Date: 10/29/2002 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 7240   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean LanglaisRobert M. HelmschrottFrancis Poulenc
Performer:  Anno KestingFranz Hauk
Conductor:  Markus Poschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Georgian Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Poulenc's Organ Concerto continues to be lucky on disc, and this performance sounds so different from any of the others that comparisons offer little guidance. The Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt many not employ a large body of players, but the microphones capture every nuance of Poulenc's string and timpani writing with startling clarity. The up-close focus combines with the voluminous acoustic to produce not the expected muddle, but rather a remarkable sense of the interior detail surrounded by a deep, rich organ sonority. Indeed, this remains one of the best integrated and most transparent versions of the piece on disc, and if you love this work you certainly will hear things in this
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The couplings raise the interest level considerably. The opening of Langlais' Organ Concerto No. 3 "Reaction", with its huge timpani rolls and imposing organ chords, obviously benefits from the immensely long reverberation time of the Liebfrauenmünster Ingolstadt, just as the piece's marvelous central fugue enjoys the same clarity of texture that proves so effective in the Poulenc. Robert Maximilian Helmschrott's (b. 1938) Concerto "Lamento" for Organ, String Orchestra, and Percussion lives up to its title. A tense, brooding sort of piece, it's extremely well written for the assembled forces and sports an especially atmospheric and imposing lengthy first movement. Both this work and the Langlais make rewarding discoveries and, along with the Poulenc, enjoy absolutely first rate interpretations from organist Franz Hauk and conductor Markus Poschner. Great sound, great playing--a great disc..
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Organ no 3 "Reaction" by Jean Langlais
Performer:  Anno Kesting (Timpani), Franz Hauk (Organ)
Conductor:  Markus Poschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Georgian Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; France 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Liebfrauenmunster, Ingolstadt 
Length: 18 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Organ and Percussion "Lamento" by Robert M. Helmschrott
Performer:  Anno Kesting (Timpani), Franz Hauk (Organ)
Conductor:  Markus Poschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Georgian Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Liebfrauenmunster, Ingolstadt 
Length: 29 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Anno Kesting (Timpani), Franz Hauk (Organ)
Conductor:  Markus Poschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Georgian Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Liebfrauenmunster, Ingolstadt 
Length: 21 Minutes 43 Secs. 

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