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DVOŘÁK - JANÁČEK - FOERSTER - MARTINŮ: Complete Organ Works

V1 - 0007               JAN HORA – organ
D D D - STEREO
Total Time 69:45
©1997
SS Peter and Paul´s Basilica at Vyšehrad, Prague,
on 6-7 August and 1 October, 1996
Martinů Hall at the Lichtenstein Palace, Prague,
on 19 September, 1996 (Postlude)

Dvořák, Antonín
Preludes and Fugues, B. 302
Fughetta (in D major)
Fugues in D major, G minor
Preludes in A minor
  B flat major, D major
  D major on a Given Theme
  G major
 
PREMIERES
MP3 EXTRACTS
Foerster, Josef Bohuslav
Fantasy in C major, Op. 14
Impromptu, Op. 135
Martinů, Bohuslav
Vigilia, H. 382 (revised
  and compl. by B. Janáček)
Janáček, Leoš
Chorale Fantasia
Organ Solo (Postlude)
  (No. 7 from the Glagolitic Mass)
Overture
Two Compositions for Organ
  (Adagios I, II)
Varyto

All the composers presented on this disc (except Martinů) have one thing in common: their musical education. They all graduated from the Prague Organ School.

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) completed his studies there in 1859 with a series of eight minor compositions - Preludes and Fugues. Later on in his career, he paid little attention to works for organ.

Josef Bohuslav Foerster (1859-1951), leaving the Organ School in 1882, was a universal type of artist. His Fantasy in C major was written towards the end of the 19th century, the Impromptu in 1925.

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) composed for his school-leaving assignment in 1875 three organ works: Overture, Varyto and Chorale Fantasia. His two Adagios - dated 1884 - reveal a far greater measure of individuality. For his Glagolitic Mass of 1926 he wrote a truly virtuoso Organ Solo (described in copies as Postlude).

Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) sketched his only organ composition - the lyrical Vigilia - in April 1959. The final 19 bars were duly completed by Bedřich Janáček, a Czech organist resident in Sweden.


Jan Hora (b. 1936 in Prague) studied organ playing with Prof. Jiří Reinberger and Prof. Johannes-Ernst Köhler. He won prizes at the International Bach Competitions in Ghent (1958) and Leipzig (1964). In 1965, he started concert activities abroad (most of the countries of Europe, the U.S.A. and Japan). He has made recordings of Janáček´s Postlude with Václav Neumann, František Jílek and Sir Charles Mackerras. At present, he is head of organ departments of the Musical Faculty of the Academy of Arts in Prague and of the Prague Conservatory.

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