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Władysław Żeleński (1837-1921)
Organ preludes
AP0007 , DDD - TT: 51'52"
Copyright (R)1998, (C)1998
World Premiere Recording

  1. 25 Preludes for organ op. 38

Smykowska Julia, organ of All Saints church in Poznań

booklet: Marta Szoka, Władysław Żeleński (Polish, English)

In 1881 Władysław Żeleński - the greatest opera composer after Moniuszko - introduced a collection of preludes for organ Opus 38. After more than a hundred years from their inception we proudly present the first recording of "25 2-, 3- and 4- part preludes for organ or harmonium". In this way we would like to realize the composer's aim who wrote in the introduction to the preludes: "... My goal is to use national and sacral melodies and give them a popular form with an aim of popularization". I would like to cordially thank Everyone who helped make this record especially Julia Smykowska without whose enthusiasm the recording would not have come into being. [Jan A. Jarnicki] ----- Dziś nieliczni wiedzą, że [Władysław Żeleński] skomponował cykl "25 Preludiów", w których zamknął echa polskich melodii (...) mistrzostwo niektórych z tych miniatur (...) dorównuje dziełom Cesara Francka. Odzyskana Muzyka Żeleńskiego, Tadeusz Szantruczek, Gazeta Poznańska, 2 IV 1999