Te Deum (1994)

Petr Eben

Johannes Landgren

Footprint presents more landmark recordings from the vaults of Sweden’s legendary audiophile label Opus 3, with this third release in the series finding the Czech composer Peter Eben in celebratory mood.

On 29 December 1989, 41 years of one-party rule finally came to an end in Eben’s beloved Czechoslovakia. Two days later, Eben sat down to write an ‘act of thanksgiving’, his setting of the hymn Te Deum for choir, brass and percussion that journeys from the rooted to the angelic to the dramatic. This 1994 recording of Eben’s work from the Varberg Chamber Choir conducted by Eben devotee Johannes Landgren radiates the joy of liberation.

The same forces give a heartfelt account of Eben’s antiphon for five-part choir Ubi Caritas et amor, a text the devout catholic described as ‘the kernel of all religion.’ Not so meditative but filled with temperament and emotion is Eben’s setting of another central Christian text, the Salve Regina, in which the composer uses the voices of his choir to take listeners from the depths of the valley of tears to the heights of divine fanfares.

Eben’s distinctive, spicy musical voice is exposed to thrilling effect in two works rooted on the organ: his Three Jubilations for organ and brass, taken from a jubilant mass rooted in plainsong and folksong, and his rhythmic tour-de-force for solo organ inspired by biblical instances of dancing, the unparalleled Five Biblical Dances. Once more, Per Sjösten’s fine re-masterings from Opus 3’s original 1994 tapes render this exceptional and colourful music as fresh as paint.

- Andrew Mellor

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Johannes Landgren

JOHANNES LANDGREN was born in Lapponia (the north part of Sweden) in 1961. He began his studies at the School of Music and Musicology at the Gothenburg University in 1980. In 1985 he got his degree in Church Music, in 1987 he received his soloist diploma in organ repertoire and organ improvisation, in 1990 he finished his studies in choir pedagogy, and in May 1997 he presented his dissertation on Petr Eben´s organ music. 
The recent years Landgren has been teaching at the Göteborg School of Music and Musicology (within Göteborg University). As organist and conductor he has toured in many countries in Europe and made a number of CD-recordings and broadcast recordings both in Sweden and abroad. At present he conducts postdoctoral research at the Faculty of Arts at Göteborg University, and is active as a freelance organist and conductor.
As a conductor and organist Johannes has toured around most of Europe, with great success. He has participated in many international competitions and festivals. A.o. he did win three prestigious awards in the Prague Days of Choral singing in 1994: His chamber choir ”Varbergs kammarkör” was awarded with the first prize in the chamber choir competition, the ”Grand Prix” for the entire competition and Johannes himself was awarded as the best conductor of the competition. He has, as conductor and organist, made recordings for radio and Television in Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Estonia. He has also made more than twenty CD recordings, including renaissance, baroque and contemporary music. The CD:s have achieved splendid reviews and one of the biggest newspapers in Sweden also awarded one of the CD:s the title ”recording of the year”. Together with, among others, Håkan Lewin Johannes has toured in most countries of Europe, in the USA and Russia and also made several TV- radio- and CD recordings. At present Johannes Landgren is conducting research at the faculty of fine, applied, and performing arts, Göteborg University. He is also professor of organ and organ improvisation at the School of Music and Drama at the samr University, Guest Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm as well as freelance musician.

Photo: Anders Nicander, from Artist's website.

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Te Deum (1994)

Petr Eben

Johannes Landgren

Analog Recording Equipment: Telefunken M15
Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Financial Support : This production has received support from the Swedish Arts Council
Mastering Engineer: Per Sjösten - Analog Master Tape to DSD 256 Transfer with no processing used (DSD 256), with gentle dynamic processing (DXD)
Mastering Room: Sound Processing Studio, Göteborg, Sweden
Producer: Bo Hansson
Recording Assistants: Elisabeth Arkstedt Siljebo and Helene Mossberg
Recording Engineer: Bo Hansson
Recording Location: Recorded on March 21 and 22, 1994
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog

This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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Three Jubilations - I. Preludium super 'Asperges me'
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Three Jubilations - II. Chorale
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Three Jubilations - III. Postludium super 'Ite Missa est'
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Salve Regina
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Four Biblical Dances - The Dance of David Before the Ark of the Covenant
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Four Biblical Dances - The Dance of the Shulammite
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Four Biblical Dances - The Dance of Jephta's Daughter
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Four Biblical Dances - The Wedding in Cana
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Ubi Caritas et amor
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Te Deum
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