- Richard Robertson (Organ)
Notes & Reviews:
Joaquin Nin-Culmell (1908 - 2004) was a student of Dukas and Falla and his early music reflects his Spanish background.
Born in Cuba to a dysfunctional but musical family (his father was a composer-pianist and his mother a singer, and his sister was the writer Anaïs Nin) he grew up in Barcelona where he first studied music.
His Symphonie des Mystères - one of his last works, composed in 1992 - 94, for alternating Gregorian chant and organ - is a suite based on the fifteen Mysteries of the life of Christ.
The work is divided into three main spans - 'Joyeux', 'Douloureux' and 'Glorieux' - each of which contains five Gregorian chants and a quasi-improvised organ reflection on the chant and its meaning.
Beginning in a contemplative spirit, the music - written in a style slightly similar to that of Mesiaen - becomes fiercer and more passionate as the work progresses.
The Symphonie des Mystères is a work which will appeal not only to organ buffs and those interested in the music of the twentieth century, but the deep faith it embodies ought to find a sympathetic audience among Catholic listeners, too.
Recording information: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Denver, Colorad (10/12/1997).
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Works DetailsJoaquín Nin-Culmell : Symphonie des Mystères, for organ
- Performer: Richard Robertson (Organ)
- Conductor: Timothy Krueger
- Running Time: 47 min. 17 sec.
- Form: Orchestral