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Nielsen’s organ output is one of extremes; apart from the behemoth Commotio, not a single solo work reaches even three minutes in length. The inclusion here of four attractive strophic sacred songs with simple organ harmonisations is lovely but hardly feels significant. In short, this recording reveals no new major discoveries. Bine Bryndorf is one of the finest organists of our time, however, and in her icy cool interpretation of Commotio and in the many miniatures she reminds us of her brilliant technical and musical capabilities. The organ is a critically important early instrument of Sybrand Zachariassen, built at the same time as Commotio was composed, and described by Bryndorf as Denmark’s first Organ Reform instrument. A first edition of Commotio, previously owned by someone with close connections to two of Nielsen’s associates, including Finn Viderø who played the piece for Nielsen on this organ, seems to contain added registrations for the instrument.

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