Te Deum

Johannes Landgren

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Original Recording Format: Analog

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

Tracklist

1.
Three Jubilations - I. Preludium super 'Asperges me'
01:31
2.
Three Jubilations - II. Chorale
07:38
3.
Three Jubilations - III. Postludium super 'Ite Missa est'
03:32
4.
Salve Regina
02:19
5.
Four Biblical Dances - The Dance of David Before the Ark of the Covenant
06:43
6.
Four Biblical Dances - The Dance of the Shulammite
05:54
7.
Four Biblical Dances - The Dance of Jephta's Daughter
08:20
8.
Four Biblical Dances - The Wedding in Cana
06:15
9.
Ubi Caritas et amor
05:29
10.
Te Deum
09:16

Total time: 00:56:57

Additional information

Label

SKU

OP9302

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Artists

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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

Original Recording Format

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

Release Date May 3, 2019

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