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Debussy & Ravel on the Organ

Catalogue numberBIS-2049 SACD
Release date2014-05-01
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time73:46

“A programme of rich ambition and imagination.” Gramophone; “The recorded sound, as we’ve long since grown to expect from BIS, is top-drawer. And the playing, I hardly need to add, is dazzling.” Fanfare

A musician of uncommon versatility, Gunnar Idenstam happily acknowledges the influences of Swedish folk music and dance as well as the symphonic rock of the 1970s. But whether he collaborates with Sami traditional singers (as on Songs for Jukkasjärvi, BIS-1868) or folk musicians (as on Folkjul: A Swedish Folk Christmas, BIS-5031), Idenstam is firmly grounded in the virtuosic French organ tradition which he studied in France, with the legendary Marie-Claire Alain. It was during his time in Paris that he first started dreaming of transferring Debussy’s La Mer to his own instrument – to perform this impressionistic orchestral seascape on the organ. As Idenstam now releases a recording of his arrangement, it appears in the company of key orchestral works by Maurice Ravel, another composer who never wrote anything for the organ. In his liner notes to the disc, Idenstam writes of arriving, over the years, at his own palette of organ sounds, one which he feels best corresponds to those of the orchestra. Finding a suitable organ on which to realize the arrangements has also been vital for this project, and as a result, Idenstam travelled to the small town of Dudelange in Luxemburg. With its more than 5.000 pipes, the four-manual Stahlhuth-Jann organ of Église Saint-Martin has an exceptionally broad dynamic spectrum, as well as a wealth of characteristic stops with which to bring out the timbres of Debussy’s sea and wind, and depict the daybreak of Ravel’s Lever du jour, the glittering ballroom chandeliers of La Valse or the ecstatic climax of Boléro.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  La Mer, three symphonic sketches (1903–05) 25:31
01 I. De l’aube à midi sur la mer. Très lent 09:42 $ 2.33 USD
02 II. Jeux de vagues. Allegro (dans un rythme très souple) 07:30 $ 1.80 USD
03 III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer. Animé et tumultueux 08:19 $ 2.00 USD
  Composer: Ravel, Maurice
  from the ballet Daphnis et Chloé (1909–12)
04 Lever du jour. Modère 05:56 $ 1.42 USD
  Composer: Ravel, Maurice
  from Valses nobles et sentimentales (1911) 04:06
05 No.2. Assez lent 02:22 $ 0.57 USD
06 No.3. Modère 01:44 $ 0.42 USD
  Composer: Ravel, Maurice
07 La Valse, choreographic poem (1919–20) 15:18 $ 3.67 USD
  Composer: Ravel, Maurice
08 Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899) 05:39 $ 1.36 USD
  Composer: Ravel, Maurice
09 Boléro (1911) 15:58 $ 3.83 USD
  Album total 73:46
ComposerDebussy, Claude
Ravel, Maurice
OrganIdenstam, Gunnar

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