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The art of organ composition is clearly alive and well in Norway and is further profiled on this interesting and worthwhile CD featuring works composed in the last 20 years, all of which deserve further outings. Kjell Karlsen’s post-romantic compositional language (with a hint of the Baltic – think Vasks, Tüür) lends a profoundly authentic flavour to his heartfelt ‘De Profundis’ Sonata. Trygve Madsen’s Le tombeau de Dupré, on the other hand, serves up Dupré’s style in a ‘neo-Scandi’ sauce but the result is cohesive and memorable, with a hint of jazz in the Scherzo in particular. Kjell Flem’s dramatic and slightly Eben-like Ecclesia in Mundo includes Japanese/modal influences. Terje Winge’s sprightly playing and the large 1945 Jorgensen organ, later enlarged by Rieger and inhabiting an early 20th-century Germanic soundworld, prove convincing partners.

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