Magazine article The American Organist

Musik Aus der Benediktinischen Klosterwerkstatt

Magazine article The American Organist

Musik Aus der Benediktinischen Klosterwerkstatt

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MUSIK AUS DER BENEDIKTINISCHEN KLOSTERWERKSTATT. Pater Leo Flury, organist; Choralschola Einsiedeln and P. Meinrad Thomas Bolz of Stift Klosterneuberg, Austria; Ensemble vocal du Conservatoire de Neuchâtel, Konstantin Keiser, conductor; Brass Power Schweiz; Vokalensemble "Inter Nos" Rom, Josep Sole Coli, conductor. Organs of the Klosterkirche, Einsiedeln, Switzerland: Marien-Orgel (11/53 Mathis, 1988), Mauritius-Orgel (IV/82 Mathis, 1994), Chor-Orgel (11/38 Bossard, 1754; Keine, 1828; restored by Mathis, 198285), Orgel Gymnasium (11/11 Klop, 1989), Orgel im Grossen Saal (1/5 anon. 18th century; restored by Mathis, 1998), Orgel Oratorium (11/16 Mathis, 1998). ORGANpromotion OP 8005. ORGANpromotion.org; info@ORGANpromotion.org. This intriguing recording of "music from the Benedictine Monastery Workshop" features compositions and improvisations of Pater Leo Flury, performed in the spacious environment of the Benedictine Abbey located in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. This municipality of approximately 15,000 is located in the canton of Schwyz in the central part of the country. It is particularly known for its abbey, considered one of the most important Roman Catholic pilgrimage sites in Europe, and "the most important place of pilgrimage dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Switzerland."

Flury begins with an evocative improvisation on Dies irae, playing both the Marien and Mauritius organs. He combines modern tonalities with partial winding technique, made possible by the organs' sensitive mechanical actions, to produce special, eerie effects. The music rumbles, thunders, and dies away in a diaphanous mist. Haurietis aquas is an improvisation employing all six organs of the abbey, utilizing modern computer technology, which is explained in more detail in the German-only program notes. The organ improvisations are constructed on a variety of harmonic and motivic devices, some conservative, others progressive, to create alluring timbres and effects. …

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