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Kjell Habbestad (b.1955) is professor of composi- tion at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. The present disc provides an overview of organ compositions dating from between 1976 and 2007. Habbestad’s compositional style grows from what might be described as a largely tonal modernism in which often triadic harmony is stretched, sometimes to breaking point, resulting in a kind of Langlais-esque ‘sour’ flavour. That said, some of the music is comparatively untroubled; Allmakts Gud og Kjaerleiks Fader combines Widor’s famous Toccata with the chorale Wachet auf, while Fanfare og Blues includes surreal refer- ences to Richard Strauss and Bach’s Praeludium in E flat BWV 552/1. The miniatures of the op.22b Orgelsuite provide perhaps the most convincing music, but the grandly conceived Introduction & Passacaglia (based on material from a violin concerto by Fartein Valen) is pretty grey. Harald Rise performs with aplomb.

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