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Commotio: Organ Works of the Interwar Period, by Messiaen, Lindberg, Gál, Duruflé & Nielsen / Christian Wilson, organ

Album Summary

>Lindberg, Oskar Frederik : Sonata for organ in G Minor, Op 23
>Messiaen, Olivier : Le banquet céleste, for organ, I/1
>Gál, Hans : Toccata, for organ
>Duruflé, Maurice : Scherzo, for organ, Op. 2
>Nielsen, Carl : Commotio, for organ, Op. 58 (FS 155)
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Notes & Reviews:

Christian Wilson's virtuoso performances mark him as one of the most unusual and exciting organists of his generation. He has performed as a soloist throughout Europe, the USA and Australia and appears regularly on BBC radio and other European stations. Praised for his "wonderful technique... with clear-sighted intelligence" (Journal of the British Music Society) and "incredibly imaginative accompaniment," (BBC Radio 3) Christian's career celebrates the diversity of his instrument, performing repertoire from the 14th century to the present day, and advocating the art of organ transcription. He has a particular affinity and interest in historical performance practices, and in repertoire neglected through unavoidable circumstance or waning fashions.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
A fascinating program of organ works of the interwar period, each a response to the emerging conflict between tonality and atonality. Christian Wilson, organist of the Chapels Royal at the Tower of London, gives superb performances of important works both familiar and unfamiliar.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Saint-Martin, Eudelange, Luxembourg (11/12/2013-11/13/2013).



Reviews

Snapshot of an era
Organist Christian Wilson chose an unusual program for his latest release, Commotio. Subtitled "organ works of the interwar period," it features compositions written between 1924 and 1931. Wilson's choices demonstrate the wide variety of styles in play during that tightly circumscribed time frame. Some composers are familiar, others less so.

Olivier Messiaen and Maurice Duruflé are represented, as they should be. Also included is Swedish composer Oskar Lindberg's sole Sonata for Organ. Lindberg uses a post-romantic harmonic language similar to Rachmaninov's. That, plus the straightforward arrangement of his material made this work the most traditional sounding one on the album to me.

Carl Nielsen's highly individualistic style runs true to form in Commotio, the title track. It's the most chromatic of the works presented, and seems to hint at the dissolution of tonality that the 1930's would usher in.

Like Hindemith, Austrian composer Hans Gal developed his own version of tonality, which he uses in his Toccata in E minor. While the key is stated, the harmonies move in unexpected directions.

Wilson performs at the restored organ at St. Martin's Church, Dudelange, Luxembourg. In its current incarnation, this 1912 Stahihuth organ is voiced for romantic French, German, and English music -- which makes this instrument well-suited to these works. The recording is clean, with enough ambiance to let the music breathe.

Submitted on 07/09/15 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Lindberg, Oskar Frederik : Sonata for organ in G Minor, Op 23
  • Performer: Christian Wilson (Organ)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Martin, Eudelange, Luxembourg (11/12/2013-11/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Messiaen, Olivier : Le banquet céleste, for organ, I/1
  • Performer: Christian Wilson (Organ)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Martin, Eudelange, Luxembourg (11/12/2013-11/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928-1960

>Gál, Hans : Toccata, for organ
  • Performer: Christian Wilson (Organ)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Martin, Eudelange, Luxembourg (11/12/2013-11/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Duruflé, Maurice : Scherzo, for organ, Op. 2
  • Performer: Christian Wilson (Organ)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Martin, Eudelange, Luxembourg (11/12/2013-11/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Nielsen, Carl : Commotio, for organ, Op. 58 (FS 155)
  • Performer: Christian Wilson (Organ)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Martin, Eudelange, Luxembourg (11/12/2013-11/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1930-1931