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Engel: Te Deum, Etc; Kreek, Bach, Et Al / Engel, Hauk, Et Al


Release Date: 03/25/2003 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 7245   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul EngelCyrillus KreekJohann Sebastian BachKnut Nystedt
Performer:  Franz Hauk
Conductor:  Paul Engel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber ChoirVienna Brass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Paul Engel's Venetian Deja-vu is a virtuoso piece, which in a rather free manner is based both on the motet Jubilate Deo omnis terra and the well-known Sonata No. XIII for eight instrumental voices in two choirs by Giovanni Gabrieli. Even though this roughly 15 minute long composition cannot be regarded as sacred music, it was still composed for performance as part of a concert of church music. Engel's Te Deum is a piece in four movements of approximately 25 minutes in length which forms a musical arch beginning with the music for several voices of the occident and stretches to a modern, generally harmonic tonal language. Cyrillus Kreek worked like Bartok for many years as a musical researcher. He collected spiritual folksongs, which he Read more catalogued and revised. He wrote 450 songs for choir with various voices and arranged 500 hymns in polyphony. In 1927, he completed his "Estonian Requiem" which is regarded as his masterpiece. Kreek's settings of David's Psalms form a kind of bridge between the comprehensive form of the requiem and the spiritual folksongs. They distinguish themselves through their emotional balance which is never monotonous. The Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt's "Immortal Bach" is based on the Bach chorale, Komm, susser Tod. Nystedt interprets this chorale in a manner typical for his style by attempting to unite the old with the new. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Te Deum by Paul Engel
Conductor:  Paul Engel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; France 
2. Venetian Déjà vu by Paul Engel
Conductor:  Paul Engel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; France 
3. Psalms of David by Cyrillus Kreek
Conductor:  Paul Engel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Estonia 
4. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
5. Orgelbüchlein: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Weimar, Germany 
6. Immortal Bach by Knut Nystedt
Conductor:  Paul Engel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Norway 
Notes: This selection is an arrangement of J.S. Bach's "Komm, süsser Tod, komm,
sel'ge Ruh'!, BWV 478." 

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