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Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) began writing for the organ only late in life. Starting with the 29 Little Preludes for Organ, Nielsen invented a personal organ style both Baroque and very Nielsenesque, refined in his last major work, the monumental Commotio. On this album Professor Bine Bryndorf performs Nielsen’s organ works on the ideally suited organ at Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen, adding a selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs with baritone Torsten Nielsen.
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“... Bine Bryndorf brings great imagination to her readings and is inventive in her use of registration so that the ear is provided with a variety of colours... The vocal items are from Nielsen’s Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1913-1915); the combination of baritone and organ is very appropriate. Judging from the rhyming English translations, the texts present a similar philosophy to that of the more sentimental examples of English hymns of the Victorian era. Nielsen takes the serious words lightly – especially when he uses a cheerful melody to accompany ‘Et helligt liv...’, the opening words are “A holy life, a blessed death / Will fondly meet each other”. Torsten Nielsen’s lyrical voice is placed far-left (one can imagine him singing from the choir stalls in church). It is ideally clear and rings impressively around the generous acoustic of Nikolaj Kunsthal as part of this interesting anthology of Nielsen’s lesser-known music.” *****
Antony Hodgson Classical Source.com March 2017
"... Bryndorf's controlled, measured tempos ... and carefully chosen dynamics enable Nielsen's visionary composition to be heard with exemplary clarity."
Christopher Nickol - Gramophone magazine - April 2017
"Interspersed with songs, this is an indispensable introduction to Nielsen's organ music ..." ****
Jeremy Pound - BBC Music magazine (Brief notes section) - March 2017
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