Marie Joseph Erb: Organ Works, Volume One

Catalogue No: TOCC0691
EAN/UPC: 5060113446916
Release Date: 05.05.2023
Composer: Marie Joseph Erb
Artists: Anna-Leena Haikola, Jan Lehtola, Marko Ylönen, Paula Malmivaara

The enormously prolific Marie Joseph Erb (1858–1944) has somehow escaped the attention of posterity, although the quality of his music would seem to be on a par with contemporary organist-composers whose works are far better known. Erb’s long life – he heard Berlioz conduct in 1863 and was still composing in 1944 – was focused on Strasbourg, where he was active as pianist, organist and professor, though he had studied in Paris, with Fauré, Gigout, Saint-Saëns and Widor, and later with Liszt in Weimar. This first album devoted to his organ music in almost 30 years sandwiches four lyrical chamber works between two towering sonatas.

Jan Lehtola, organ of St Paul’s Church, Helsinki
Paula Malmivaara, cor anglais (4–6, 8–10)
Marko Ylönen, cello (7)
Anna-Leena Haikola, violin (11)

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    Sonata Mater Salvatoris, Op. 82 (1912)

  1. I O Sanctissima
  2. II Flos de Radice Jesse
  3. III Magnificat
  4. 1ère Sonatine for organ and cor anglais (1940)

  5. I Prèlude (Con moto)
  6. II Larghetto (Molto tranquillo)
  7. III Finale (Allegro vivace)
  8. Méditation for organ and cello, Op. 88 (1911)*

  9. Méditation for organ and cello, Op. 88
  10. I Allegretto amabile
  11. II Grave pastorale
  12. III Finale
  13. Prière sur le motif du ‘Pater’ (‘Gib’ uns heute unser täglich Brot’) for organ and violin, Op. 71 (1906)

  14. Prière sur le motif du ‘Pater’
  15. 3ème Sonate Veni Creator (1927)

  16. I Veni creator spiritus
  17. II Verbum supernum
  18. III Pange lingua (Tantum ergo)

* FIRST RECORDINGS

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