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Orgelmusikken Fra Deusynlige (Troubled Water: Organ Music) / Iver Kleive

Audio Samples

>Simon, Paul : Bridge Over Troubled Water
>Kleive, Iver : Toccata, for organ
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro, sonata for 2 violins, viola & continuo in B minor, RV 169
>Hassler, Hans Leo : Velt alle dine veie, for organ
>Hassler, Hans Leo : Om nogen til ondt meg lokke vil
>     Intro
>Bjorneboe, Liv Benedicte : Allegro, for organ
>Kleive, Iver : Sarah, for organ
>Ehrenborg, Katarina E. : Om nogen til ondt meg lokke viol
>Monk, William Henry : O bli hos meg

Album Summary

>Simon, Paul : Bridge Over Troubled Water
>Kleive, Iver : Toccata, for organ
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro, sonata for 2 violins, viola & continuo in B minor, RV 169
>Hassler, Hans Leo : Velt alle dine veie, for organ
>Hassler, Hans Leo : Om nogen til ondt meg lokke vil
>Bjorneboe, Liv Benedicte : Allegro, for organ
>Kleive, Iver : Sarah, for organ
>Ehrenborg, Katarina E. : Om nogen til ondt meg lokke viol
>Monk, William Henry : O bli hos meg
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"This beautifully played and expertly engineered program, recorded at Norway's Bergen Cathedral, just may be one organ disc that nearly everyone can enjoy and will even return to often. It also may encourage listeners to investigate the film for which the music was chosen--an award-winning 2008 release from director Erik Poppe titled deUSYNLIGE (translated as "Troubled Water")Iver Kleive is a sensitive interpreter and a supremely accomplished artistturn your volume knob a few notches higher than usual--and you will be rewarded, as the organ really does surround you (with or without an SACD system) and shake youa disc to savor and to share. Highly recommended!" - Classics Today (10/10)

"This beautifully played and expertly engineered program, recorded at Norway's Bergen Cathedral, just may be one organ disc that nearly everyone can enjoy and will even return to often. It also may encourage listeners to investigate the film for which the music was chosen--an award-winning 2008 release from director Erik Poppe titled deUSYNLIGE (translated as "Troubled Water"). It's the story of a man just released from prison for the murder of a child, who returns to his former home town and takes the job as, of all things, a church organist. Complexities, conflicts, and confrontations of life and love follow, and along the way we hear the organ music as, in the words of the director, one of the film's "main characters."

Given the film's title you won't be surprised to learn that a significant place in the proceedings is claimed by Simon and Garfunkel's hit song "Bridge over troubled water", and we hear it twice--at the disc's beginning and end--in shorter and "extended" versions arranged by organist Iver Kleive. Kleive is a sensitive interpreter and a supremely accomplished artist who convinces us through his very respectful treatment that this quasi-religious, gospel-tinged anthem could have--or should have--been conceived for the magnificent resources of a cathedral organ, where the fullness of its soul-stirring power can truly be realized. Indeed, the longer, seven-minute version that concludes the disc could give a new generation of listeners incentive to "turn it up" and lose themselves in the sheer all-encompassing sensation of sound and harmony.

All of which owes much to the engineering, which really does literally demand that you turn your volume knob a few notches higher than usual--and you will be rewarded, as the organ really does surround you (with or without an SACD system) and shake you. And speaking of shaking listeners: Kleive's own Toccata is a tour de force that not only exploits the organ's orchestra-sized resources (and is uncannily reminiscent of the similarly-named movement from Widor's Symphony No. 5), but also, as in many of the big works of Bach, keeps you near-breathless, on the edge of your seat through an ever-building display of relentlessly exploding fireworks.

The program also features Kleive's arrangement and improvisation on Hassler's Velt alle dine veie (the tune known to many listeners as "O sacred head now wounded"), Vivaldi's Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro, and Kleive's very affecting and remarkably unadorned setting of "O bli hos meg", better known to English church-goers as "Abide with me". Although we could complain that at a mere 37 minutes this disc is temporally, programmatically challenged, the consistent high quality of the content--including Kleive's masterful, conscientiously understated exhibition of the organ's capabilities as well as his own formidable facility--and the ravishing sound make any such concerns irrelevant, and make this both a disc to savor and to share. Highly recommended!"-classicstoday.com

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bergen Cathedral, Norway (06/26/2007).

One learns only a little about this soundtrack music from the notes on the packaging, but it passes an important test for soundtrack music: it's interesting on its own. The music is for a Norwegian film, DeUsylige, translated as Troubled Water, and the organ music is diegetic (i.e., played by one of the characters in the film). The organ player, you can learn from a bit of Internet searching, is a child kidnapper who has been released from prison, and he tends to communicate his feelings by playing an organ in a small church where he has apparently found part-time work. It's an unusual concept, matched by music unlike anything else that has ever been recorded for the organ, although certainly people have played it like this on their own initiative. Some of the music is quasi-improvisatory, although organist Iver Kleive is credited as an arranger in all cases. Into this category fall two different treatments of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," which apparently plays an important role in the film. The longer one (track 10) is an entirely original treatment of a popular song in the concert music realm, and it's well worth sampling. The rest of the music includes short original pieces on a specific emotional theme and renditions of existing pieces by Vivaldi and Hans Leo Hassler, as well as contemporary Norwegian composers, presumably the kind of thing that a church organist might play. Kleive, who is said to have experience in both church music and jazz, emerges as a musician of whom you want to hear more, and this disc is an especially intriguing outing from the quirky but always engaging Norwegian label 2L.~James Manheim



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Works Details

>Simon, Paul : Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • Performer: Iver Kleive (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kleive, Iver : Toccata, for organ
  • Performer: Iver Kleive (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro, sonata for 2 violins, viola & continuo in B minor, RV 169
  • Performer: Iver Kleive (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1728

>Hassler, Hans Leo : Velt alle dine veie, for organ
  • Performer: Iver Kleive (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Hassler, Hans Leo : Om nogen til ondt meg lokke vil :: Intro
  • Performer: Iver Kleive (Organ)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Bjorneboe, Liv Benedicte : Allegro, for organ
  • Performer: Iver Kleive (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.

>Kleive, Iver : Sarah, for organ
  • Performer: Iver Kleive (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ehrenborg, Katarina E. : Om nogen til ondt meg lokke viol
  • Performer: Iver Kleive (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.

>Monk, William Henry : O bli hos meg
  • Performer: Iver Kleive (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Simon, Paul : Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • Performer: Iver Kleive (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary