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The works included in this release form a brief anthology of organ music by Slavic composers. While the organ was quick to establish its overall presence in the Catholic and Protestant liturgical tradition, East Orthodox music rejects the use of instruments in general. This explains the presentation of the early epoch of organ music in this programme by Polish and Czech Slavic composers mainly, who, belonging to the Catholic tradition, took part in the historic development of European music, lending some regional characteristics to it. The organ was introduced into the works of other Slavic composers during the 20th century, mainly in secular music. The selection for the present CD was made by Neva Krysteva, who is Professor of Polyphony at the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music, Sofia, a theorist of music, and a composer. Ms. Krysteva has given concerts throughout Europe and Asia. Being a performer of an extensive repertoire, she includes Baroque and Romantic music in her programmes, as well as 20th-century works. A number of compositions have been written especially for her and have been dedicated to her. She is founder of the Bulgarian organ school and many of her students perform throughout the world.


Recorded in Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, April 2000


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  • Mikolaj z Krakowa

    [1] Alia poznanie 0'46''

    [2] Hayducki 1'17''

    [3] anonimus - Pràeambulum 0'41''

    [4] anonimus - Przez Twe Swiete Zmartwychwstanie 1'03''

    [5] anonimus - Cantio polonica 1'04''

    Bohuslav Matej Cernohorsky

    [6] Toccata C Dur 2'54''

    [7] Fugue D Dur 1'53''

    [8] Fugue a moll 2'13''

    Jiri Ignac Linka

    [9] Pràeambulum C Dur 2'07''

    Jan Krtitel Kuchar

    [10] Fantasy g moll 7'30''

    Bedrich Smetana

    Two Preludes from "6 Preludes"

    [11] Pastorale 1'10''

    [12] Passacaglia 1'30''

    Antonin Dvorák

    [13] Praeludium et Fughetta 3'41''

    Leoš Janácek

    [14] Postludium from "Glagolitic Mass" 2'43''

    Dmitri Shostakovich

    [15] Passacaglia - Interlude from "Katerina Ismailova", Op. 29 6'28''

    Sofia Gubaidulina

    [16] Light and Darkness 8'08''

    Krassimir Kyurkchiisky

    [17] Aria 6'36''

    Ivan Spassov

    [18] Creation, Death and Resignation 6'20''

    Neva Krysteva

    [19] Victimae paschali laudes 6'15''

    DDD 64'19''

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