Tender Is the North

> 2 Pieces, Op. 111 - No. 1. Intrada
> 2 Pieces, Op. 111 - No. 2. Funeral
> 3 Tonstucke, Op. 22 - No. 1 in F major
> 3 Tonstucke, Op. 22 - No. 2 in C major
> 3 Tonstucke, Op. 22 - No. 3 in A minor
> 2 Preludes - No. 1. Tranquillo
> 2 Preludes - No. 2. —
> Larghetto - Larghetto
> Variasjoner over Med Jesus vil eg fara, Op. 4 - Koral tempo -
> Variasjoner over Med Jesus vil eg fara, Op. 4 - Variation 1: Koral tempo -
> Variasjoner over Med Jesus vil eg fara, Op. 4 - Variation 2: Molto tranquillo -
> Variasjoner over Med Jesus vil eg fara, Op. 4 - Variation 3: Allegretto scherzando -
> Variasjoner over Med Jesus vil eg fara, Op. 4 - Variation 4: Con moto -
> Variasjoner over Med Jesus vil eg fara, Op. 4 - Variation 5: Lento -
> Variasjoner over Med Jesus vil eg fara, Op. 4 - Variation 6: Vivace -
> Variasjoner over Med Jesus vil eg fara, Op. 4 - Variation 7: Allegro energico -
> Organ Sonata in E major, Op. 38 - I. Allegro moderato
> Organ Sonata in E major, Op. 38 - II. Meditation: Andante lento - Fugue: Andante lento
> Organ Sonata in E major, Op. 38 - III. Finale: Allegro con brio

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (2) for organ, Op. 111
>Gade, Niels : Tre Tonestykker (3 Tone Pieces), for organ, Op. 22
>Palmgren, Selim : Preludes (2), for organ
>Másson, Askell : Larghetto, for organ
>Nystedt, Knut : Variasjoner over 'Med Jesus vil eg fara" (Norwegian folk-tune from Sunnmore), for organ, Op. 4
>Olsson, Otto : Sonata for organ in E major, Op. 38
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This programme by Iain Quinn offers a glimpse into the rich treasures of Scandinavian organ music with works from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden including two premiere recordings - Nystedt's "Med Jesus vil eg fara", and Masson's Larghetto written for this recording. There are also some little known works by Sibelius - Intrada, Op.111a and Palmgren's Preludes. The recording was made at Coventry Cathedral. International Record Review comments on Iain Quinn's previous recording of Czech music - "The playing of this young musician is, as I have implied very fine and at all times highly musical. His registrations are excellent and the detail of his part playing is first class. Here is a rare collection, splendidly presented and recorded which is a very strongly recommended."

Gramophone Magazine
This impressive recital sheds new light on the treasures of Scandinavia. Quinn's playing is never less than enthralling and the organ - with Chandos's perfectly balanced engineering - has never sounded finer.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Coventry Cathedral (08/03/2009-08/05/2009).



Reviews

Frozen organ
Organist Iain Quinn is building a fine discography on Chandos that focuses on repertoire outside the ever-dominant French school. Tender is the North is a well-chosen and brilliantly performed collection of works from the Scandinavian countries. Quinn opens the program with music by two familiar composers: Jean Sibelius (Finland) and Niels Gade (Denmark). The Sibelius works are stately and conservative. The three brief Gade pieces are quite lovely and are firmly set in the German Romantic style (think Mendelssohn’s organ music). The balance of the program features some lesser-known composers: Selim Palmgren (Finland), Áskell Másson (Iceland), Knut Nystedt (Norway) and Otto Olsson (Sweden). I’ve never heard of Másson, but his Larghetto is a keeper. This is a somber-toned work whose emotional chromatic central section is very moving. Nystedt’s Variasjoner over ‘Med Jesus vil eg fara’ is a set of seven variations on a Norwegian folk tune. Nystedt’s variations are thrilling and showcases the Harrison and Harrison organ of Coventry Cathedral—this is a terrific work that more organists should play. The Olsson Sonata, Op. 38 has big-hearted charm and requires no small measure of virtuosity from the soloist – the pedal work is killer – and Quinn is up to every challenge. This is another outstanding recording from a marvelous organist. I can’t wait to hear what Quinn has in store for us next.
Submitted on 04/19/10 by Craig Zeichner 
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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (2) for organ, Op. 111
  • Performer: Iain Quinn (Organ)
  • Notes: Coventry Cathedral (08/03/2009-08/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925-1931

>Gade, Niels : Tre Tonestykker (3 Tone Pieces), for organ, Op. 22
  • Performer: Iain Quinn (Organ)
  • Notes: Coventry Cathedral (08/03/2009-08/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Palmgren, Selim : Preludes (2), for organ
  • Performer: Iain Quinn (Organ)
  • Notes: Coventry Cathedral (08/03/2009-08/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Másson, Askell : Larghetto, for organ
  • Performer: Iain Quinn (Organ)
  • Notes: Coventry Cathedral (08/03/2009-08/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Nystedt, Knut : Variasjoner over 'Med Jesus vil eg fara" (Norwegian folk-tune from Sunnmore), for organ, Op. 4
  • Performer: Iain Quinn (Organ)
  • Notes: Coventry Cathedral (08/03/2009-08/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Olsson, Otto : Sonata for organ in E major, Op. 38
  • Performer: Iain Quinn (Organ)
  • Notes: Coventry Cathedral (08/03/2009-08/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908