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Joaquin Nin-Culmell: Symphonie Des Mysteres, for Organ & Gregorian Chant / Richard Robertson

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>Nin-Culmell, Joaquin : Symphonie des Mysteres, for organ
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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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Denver, Colorad (10/12/1997).


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>Joaquín Nin-Culmell : Symphonie des Mystères, for organ
  • Performer: Richard Robertson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Timothy Krueger
  • Running Time: 47 min. 17 sec.
  • Form: Orchestral