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Heaven And Hell / Iveta Apkalna, Organ


Release Date: 08/30/2005 
Label:  Edition Hera   Catalog #: 2117   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz LisztSir George Thalben-BallPetr EbenSergei Prokofiev,   ... 
Performer:  Iveta Apkalna
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

R E V I E W S:

"This one is a winner on four counts -- the choice of repertoire, which presents a refreshing mix of the unfamiliar and the familiar in surprisingly revealing guises; the splendid instrument used (the organ of St. Martin in Wangen, Wirttemberg); Iveta Apkalna's musical insights and utterly sure technique; and the quality of the recorded sound, which delineates both the horizontal and vertical aspects of the music and vividly illuminates her apt choices of registration. . . . Full organ specs are provided, and the whole enterprise adds up to roughly 72 minutes of pure delight."

William Zagorski, Fanfare

"No question who or what the star of the show is here. The
Read more remarkable young Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna takes centre-stage in a programme of astonishingly virtuosic and mostly little-known works. Apkalna (b. 1976) studied organ and piano in her home country, before moving to London to pursue piano tuition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Thereafter she continued her organ studies in the Conservatory of Stuttgart under Ludger Lohmann. She has already performed all over Europe and won prizes both there and further afield, for example at Calgary.

Her playing is frankly astonishing, her concert pianist training clearly evident. This is a refreshingly original programme of extremely demanding pieces, including no less than twenty minutes of pedal solos (gimmicky to say the least). Apkalna makes it all sound heart-breakingly straightforward. Best played are possibly the Eben and Liszt. The division between the pieces related to Heaven and those related to Hell is rather subjective and ultimately fairly arbitrary. The Duruflé Toccata, the only piece of really mainstream repertoire, is flawlessly whizzed through. I would have preferred a little more profundity, this is after all what Louis Robilliard described as "an epic poem, a new Pièce Héroïque", more than a mere show-stopper.

Recommended for the unusual repertoire and the sheer virtuosity of the playing."

Chris Bragg, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175: no 1, St Francis of Assisi preaching by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Iveta Apkalna (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Wangen, Austria 
2.
Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175: no 2, St Francis de Paule walks on water by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Iveta Apkalna (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Wangen, Austria 
3.
Variations for Organ on a theme of Paganini by Sir George Thalben-Ball
Performer:  Iveta Apkalna (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Wangen, Austria 
4.
Faust: 7th movement, Walpurgisnacht by Petr Eben
Performer:  Iveta Apkalna (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Wangen, Austria 
Notes: Composition written: Czech Republic (1979 - 1980). 
5.
Toccata for Piano in D minor, Op. 11 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Iveta Apkalna (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Wangen, Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Jean Guillou. 
6.
Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33: March(es) by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Iveta Apkalna (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Paris, France 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Wangen, Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Jean Guillou. 
7.
Toccata on J. S. Bach's "Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr" by Aivars Kalejs
Performer:  Iveta Apkalna (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Latvia 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Wangen, Austria 
8.
Etudes-Caprice (4) by Naji Hakim
Performer:  Iveta Apkalna (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Wangen, Austria 

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