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Klicka: Organ Fantasies / Michel Estellet-Brun


Release Date: 09/01/2007 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 106   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Josef Klicka
Performer:  Michel Estellet-Brun
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded on the Stoltz-Dargassies organ of the church of St Joseph-des-Nations in Paris, Klicka's organ works express not only his suffering at Bohemia's fate, but also his love for the folk tunes of his native land. The influence of Liszt and Smetana can be felt, and some textures call to mind Brahms. His melodies have very strong emotive power and his expressive harmonies are typical of Eastern Europe. The organist Michel Estellet-Brun has been familiar with works of Klicka for several decades: almost forty years ago, during the Communist era, a Slovak publisher risked imprisonment to send him a bundle of scores by this composer. Michel Estellet-Brun transcribed the manuscript of Klicka's Fantasy and Fugue in C minor and arranged his Read more Legenda in D minor (originally for harmonium) for the organ. He also gave the first performances of the composer's Fantasy on the St Wenceslas chorale at Notre Dame, Paris, St. Paul's Cathedral, London, and in the Basilica at Olomouc (Czech Republic). Recorded on 19 January 2006 in the church of St Joseph-des-Nations, Paris Recording and editing: Hugues Deschaux Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Fantaisie de concert on a chorale by St. Wenceslas by Josef Klicka
Performer:  Michel Estellet-Brun (Organ)
2. Fantaisie de concert in F sharp minor by Josef Klicka
Performer:  Michel Estellet-Brun (Organ)
3. Fantaisie de concert in C minor by Josef Klicka
Performer:  Michel Estellet-Brun (Organ)

Sound Samples

Concert Fantasia on the St. Wenceslas Chorale
Concert Fantasia in F sharp minor, Op. 36
Legend in D minor, Op. 54
Concert Fantasia in C minor, Op. 59

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