Klicka - Czech Romantic Organ Music | Alpha ALPHA106

Klicka - Czech Romantic Organ Music

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA106

Barcode: 3760014191060

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 8th January 2007



For fifty years, whilst the province of Bohemia was under Austro-Hungarian rule, Josef Klicka (1855-1937), organist,
concert musician, conductor and teacher championed Czech culture. The influence of Liszt and Smetana can be felt, and some textures call to mind Brahms. His melodies have very strong emotive power and his expressive harmonies are typical of Eastern Europe. Recorded on the Stoltz-Dargassies organ of the church of St Joseph-des-Nations in Paris, Klicka's organ works express not only his distress at Bohemia's fate, but also his love for the folk tunes of his native land.

The organist Michel Estellet-Brun has been familiar with works of Klicka for several decades: during the Communist era, a Slovak publisher risked imprisonment to send him a bundle of scores by this composer. Michel Estellet-Brun transcribed the manuscript of Klicka's Fantasy and Fugue in C minor and arranged his Légende in D minor (originally for harmonium) for the organ. He also gave the first performances of the composer's Fantasy on the St Wenceslas chorale at Notre Dame, Paris, St. Paul's Cathedral, London, and in the Basilica at Olomouc (Czech Republic).

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