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ARTIST
TITLE
The Complete Organ Works
FORMAT
CD/SACD

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CATALOG #
CYBELE 60701CD CYBELE 60701CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
9/14/2009

Performed by Martin Schmeding, organ; Christian Roderburg, percussion. Featured works: Drei kleine Orgelstücke (1978); A la mémoire de Josquin für Orgel (1975); Interpolationen (1993); Meteoron for Organ, Percussion and two track tape (1969). "The organ oeuvre of Günther Becker reveals a broad spectrum of compositional concerns, never reducing himself to a personal style. Instead, his claim that he aimed to allow each work to pursue its own, individual idea, becomes clear. As a result, his organ compositions are not only a cross-section of Becker's own creative work, but also a reflection of the times in which they originated: first the experimental years of new organ music in its infancy, then the first post-modern attempts at an integration with early music (citations of music by Josquin des Prez). These organ works are a testament to his internal debate about tonality and to a reflexive return to the idea of pure music and its many incarnations. Becker showed himself to be a composer in flux, one whose authenticity manifested itself in distinct artistic phases. Taken as a whole, the great Sauer organ displays a true versatility, an instrument of many colours suited for a vast stylistic range of organ music. This recording proves it to be a perfect match for the contemporary organ répertoire and for the music of Günther Becker in particular: one is seated in front of an instrument capable of the special synthesis of sounds often required by the composer, sounds whose roots may be traced back to the serial structures of his compositional method. The organ simultaneously allows, however, a solid basis for orchestral sounds via its numerous foundation stops and the innumerable ways in which sounds could be tinted and nuanced." Stereo/multichannel hybrid SACD that can be played on any CD player.