Notes & Reviews:
This is the third volume in the series on Pro Organo of music by Scandinavian composers for organ performed by James Hicks.
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This is Volume 3 in a four-volume survey of the highways and byways of organ music from Nordic countries, which have a rich heritage of organ building, music, and playing. The excellent organ, clear recorded sound, assured playing, and interesting music soon had me hooked. A delightful surprise. The music is generally conservative and neo-classical in style, with a strong Hindemith influence in several of the pieces. High points include the Nyall, Forsberg, Kullnes, and Jansson pieces. Hicks plays on the 1964 Poul-Gerhard Andersen organ in the cathedral in Skara, Sweden. His performances are clean, accurate, and engaging. His musical commitment to this repertoire is obvious in all of the pieces. The booklet contains informative notes on the music and the organ specification. Listening to this program has made me want to explore the other volumes in this series.