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Hakim plays Hakim: The Schuke Organ of the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, Vol. 1 / Naji Hakim, organ; Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet, organ (duet)

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  1. Hakim Plays Hakim — Toccata $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Hakim Plays Hakim — Petite Suite: I. Diferencias $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Hakim Plays Hakim — Petite Suite: II. Falsas $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Hakim Plays Hakim — Petite Suite: III. Batalla $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Hakim Plays Hakim — Die Apostel: I. Der Heiland $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Hakim Plays Hakim — Die Apostel: II. Der heilige Petrus $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Hakim Plays Hakim — Die Apostel: III. Der heilige Andreas $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Hakim Plays Hakim — Die Apostel: IV. Der heilige Jakobus der Ältere $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Hakim Plays Hakim — Die Apostel: V. Der heilige Johannes $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Hakim Plays Hakim — Die Apostel: VI. Der heilige Philippus $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Hakim Plays Hakim — Die Apostel: VII. Der heilige Bartolomäus $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Hakim Plays Hakim — Die Apostel: VIII. Der heilige Thomas $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Hakim Plays Hakim — Die Apostel: IX. Der heilige Matthäus $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Hakim Plays Hakim — Die Apostel: X. Der heilige Jakobus der Jüngere $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Hakim Plays Hakim — Die Apostel: XI. Der heilige Simon und der heilige Judas Thaddaüs $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Hakim Plays Hakim — Die Apostel: XII. Der heilige Matthias $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Hakim Plays Hakim — Die Apostel: XIII. Der heilige Paulus $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Hakim Plays Hakim — Ave Maria $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Hakim Plays Hakim — Hommage à Jean Langlais $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Hakim Plays Hakim — Esquisses Grégoriennes: I. Nos autem $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Hakim Plays Hakim — Esquisses Grégoriennes: II. Ave maris stella $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Hakim Plays Hakim — Esquisses Grégoriennes: III. Pater noster $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Hakim Plays Hakim — Esquisses Grégoriennes: IV. Ave verum $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Hakim Plays Hakim — Esquisses Grégoriennes: V. O filii et filiae $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Hakim Plays Hakim — Arabesques: I. Prélude $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Hakim Plays Hakim — Arabesques: II. Pastorale $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Hakim Plays Hakim — Arabesques: III. Libanaise $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Hakim Plays Hakim — Arabesques: IV. Arabesque $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Hakim Plays Hakim — Arabesques: V. Litanie $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Hakim Plays Hakim — Arabesques: VI. Rondeau $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Hakim, Naji : Toccata for organ
>Hakim, Naji : Petite Suite, for organ
>Hakim, Naji : Die Apostel, for 2 organs
>Hakim, Naji : Ave Maria, for organ
>Hakim, Naji : Hommage à Jean Langlais, for organ
>Hakim, Naji : Esquisses Grégoriennes, for organ
>Hakim, Naji : Arabesques, for organ
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Notes & Reviews:

Naji Hakim returns to disc on Signum with a new and powerful collection of organ works. Hakim is joined by Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet for the central piece of the program, a set of meditation for two organists inspired by Lucas Cranach the Elder's woodcuts of the Apostles. Completed in 2000, the Schuke Organ of the Palacio Euskalduna is housed in a magnificent concert hall of wood and steel - itself inspired by the Euskulduna shipyards that once occupied the area. A modern instrument, it is well-suited to the nuanced voicings of modern organ compositions, as a well as being sympathetic and adaptable to the great works of the past.

Choir & Organ, November 2014
Naji Hakim's extraordinary virtuosity has never been in doubt, and the brilliance of the reed stops en chamade on the one hand and some delicious flutes on the other give him ample opportunity for contrasts.

MusicWeb International, 10th November 2014
What appeals to me about Hakim is his forensic but engaging intellect and his boundless energy, which feed into works that are sometimes daunting but never dull ... I haven't enjoyed an organ collection this much in ages...Just fabulous: music that revives the jaded palate.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
The Petite Suite of 1983 affords us a splendid opportunity to sample some of the glittering reeds crowning the 71 speaking stops of this crisp and bright-voiced instrument...I might wonder whether occasionally enthusiasm for speed gets the better of technical discretion; but if the intention is to deliver the joy inherent in this music, he succeeds brilliantly.

Organists Review, December 2014
The idiom of Hakim's music here is his own: simple, direct, tonally uncomplicated ... it is always likeable ... The organ itself is an absolute joy throughout.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Hakim's voice is distinctive among contemporary organ composers. He harmonically combines romantic tonality with a modality inspired by eastern and western chant and folk music, along with influences from Messiaen and Langlais. His idiosyncratic approach to rhythm can seem hyperactive; undeniably, he exudes extreme energy as a performer, which is sometimes contagious. The Langlais himage has similar outrageous moments. Hakim's highly articulate performance and compositional style is matched by the Schuke organ of the Palacio Euskalduna of Bilbao. Hakim is creative as a composer and interpreter, and this record faithfully captures his extroverted enthusiasm.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Palacio Euskalduna of Bilbao (03/26/2013-03/27/2013).



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Works Details

>Hakim, Naji : Toccata for organ
  • Performer: Naji Hakim (Organ)
  • Notes: Palacio Euskalduna of Bilbao (03/26/2013-03/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Hakim, Naji : Petite Suite, for organ
  • Performer: Naji Hakim (Organ)
  • Notes: Palacio Euskalduna of Bilbao (03/26/2013-03/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Hakim, Naji : Die Apostel, for 2 organs
  • Performers: Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet (Organ); Naji Hakim (Organ)
  • Notes: Palacio Euskalduna of Bilbao (03/26/2013-03/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Hakim, Naji : Ave Maria, for organ
  • Performer: Naji Hakim (Organ)
  • Notes: Palacio Euskalduna of Bilbao (03/26/2013-03/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Hakim, Naji : Hommage à Jean Langlais, for organ
  • Performer: Naji Hakim (Organ)
  • Notes: Palacio Euskalduna of Bilbao (03/26/2013-03/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Hakim, Naji : Esquisses Grégoriennes, for organ
  • Performer: Naji Hakim (Organ)
  • Notes: Palacio Euskalduna of Bilbao (03/26/2013-03/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hakim, Naji : Arabesques, for organ
  • Performer: Naji Hakim (Organ)
  • Notes: Palacio Euskalduna of Bilbao (03/26/2013-03/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009