Elementa Pro Organo (2015)

Hovland

Anders Eidsten Dahl

In his organ works, Egil Hovland took the pulse of his age as he broke new ground. This can also be said of his orchestral, choral, and chamber music, which he composed in abundance. The selections on this album reflect his intense development from a neoclassical enthusiasm for Baroque to radical modernism, and then to what Hovland himself called an about-turn. He told university students in 1974: “Towards the 1970s I reverted to a Romantic or neo-friendly style.”
CHORALE PARTITA NO. 1. SIX VARIATIONS ON GJØR DØREN HØY, GJØR PORTEN VID 
OPUS 7 (1947) 
When Egil Hovland completed his organ studies in 1948, he had already composed his first partita, a piece clearly influenced by his teacher, Per Steenberg (1870-1947).
In his composition course, vocal polyphony, Steenberg had ascetic ideals represented most importantly by Palestrina and Renaissance polyphony. This purified, refined style became an ideal for many young composers such as Hovland, Conrad Baden, and Knut Nystedt.

Steenberg left behind the manuscript of an alternative hymnal in which he had omitted close to one hundred hymns because they were superfluous, less effective, and even inadequate in a religious or musical context. It was published by his students in 1949.
The variations on Gjør døren høy bear the influence of Steenberg’s conservative style, whereby the composition of a chorale must follow all the rules of Renaissance and Baroque polyphony. The work received such a positive reception that it was performed in Copenhagen in 1947 at the Festival Week of Nordic Music Students.

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Anders Eidsten Dahl

 

Anders Eidsten Dahl (born 1976) studied with Terje Winge at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he received a degree in church music in 1999. Following his studies with Kåre Nordstoga, he received his diploma in solo organ performance from the same institution in 2001. In 2003 he completed two years of study with Hans Fagius at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he specialized in solo performance and gave debut concerts in Copenhagen and Oslo. Anders Eidsten Dahl is much in demand as organ soloist, chamber musician, and harpsichordist, and he has held organ concerts in Germany, Russia, the Slovak Republic, Italy and Austria, as well as Scandinavia. In 2000 Eidsten Dahl, together with trombonist Marius Hesby, was finalist in the first ConocoPhillips Competition. In 2003 he was awarded the Ticon music scholarship. He has qualified for a number of major international organ competitions, and in 2002 he was finalist in the “Second International Organ Competition” in Erfurt, Germany. Eidsten Dahl’s repertoire spans from the Baroque to the music of today, with emphasis on J. S. Bach and organ music from the Romantic period. Since 2001 Anders Eidsten Dahl has served as cantor of Bragernes Church in Drammen, where, in addition to accompanying the church choir, he has been artistic and administrative director of the church’s organ concert series. He has released four earlier recordings on the LAWO Classics label: Inspired by Bach (LWC1007), Johannes Brahms Organ Works (LWC1023), Aria (LWC1046), with saxophonist Vegard Landaas, and Hymnus (LWC1050). Anders Eidsten Dahl was a recipient of Norway's Government Grants for Artists for 2011 and 2012. 
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Elementa Pro Organo (2015)

Hovland

Anders Eidsten Dahl

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"This is a fine recording and performance. Although this is only a 5.0 channel disc, with no discrete bass channel, the low end is prodigious. The works offered are technically difficult, and Dahl is a capable organist who sails through the difficult arpeggios and dense pedal notes. The dynamic range on the disc is very high. You may find yourself adjusting levels to bring up the quiet parts, and bolting for your remote when the triple forte’s appear. I found this disc a good listen, and a nice introduction to a composer who was not on my radar."

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"Egil Hovland (1924-2013) was one of Norway's most prolific composers, and sometimes a controversial one for several reasons. Lawo Classics and organist Anders Eidsten Dahl present here a well-filled disc (76:59) of Hovland's organ music, demonstrating his musical development during a lengthy period as the organist and choir leader in Fredrikstad Church, south-west Norway, a tenure which he held from 1949 until his death. Lawo's engineering places the organ well in the reverberant air of Bragernes Church, but close enough not to lose fine details and timbres, particularly in the colorful 'Elementa',which produces many sounds not normally found on organs. 5.0 multichannel is the best, but even then, stereo shows something of the lateral spread of the organ pipes. All together, this program, one of few recordings of Hovland's organ works, provides a well-balanced and insightful assessment of one of Norway's most popular composers. Very well recorded and presented, with good information about the musical contexts in Norwegian and English, this is a fine contribution to the organ's discography. Highly recommended. 5-Stars for Performance, Stereo and Multichannel sonics."

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Elementa Pro Organo (2015)

Hovland

Anders Eidsten Dahl

Mastering Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Producer: Vegard Landaas
Recording Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Recording location: Bragernes Church, Drammen Norway
Recording Software: Merging
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Koralpartita nr. 1, opus 7- I. Langsomt koraltempo
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Koralpartita nr. 1, opus 7- II. Allegro moderato
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Koralpartita nr. 1, opus 7- III. Moderato con moto
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Koralpartita nr. 1, opus 7- IV Andante simplice
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Koralpartita nr. 1, opus 7- V. Adagio
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Koralpartita nr. 1, opus 7- VI. Allegro maestoso
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Elementa pro Organo, opus 52- 1. Introitus
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Elementa pro Organo, opus 52- 2. Improvisasjon
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Elementa pro Organo 3. Ostinato
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Elementa pro Organo, opus 52- 4. Passacaglia
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Elementa pro Organo, opus 52- 5. Completorium
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Orgelkoraler hefte 4- 1. Nu rinner solen opp
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Orgelkoraler hefte 4- 2. Nâr mitt øye trett av møye
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Orgelkoraler hefte 4- 3. Toccata II over kjaerlighet er lysets kilde
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Orgelkoraler hefte 4- 4. Slukt er dagens lyse flammer
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Fire Interludier til Missa Vigilate, opus 67- 1. De Profundis
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Fire Interludier til Missa Vigilate, opus 67- 2. Cogitationes Pacis
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Fire Interludier til Missa Vigilate, opus 67- 3. Kyrie Eleison
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Fire Interludier til Missa Vigilate, opus 67- 4. Aperi Nobis, Domine
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Kortere komposisjoner for orgel, opus 135- 1. Preludium
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Kortere komposisjoner for orgel, opus 135- 2. Hosanna
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Kortere komposisjoner for orgel, opus 135- 3. Lux Aeterna
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Kortere komposisjoner for orgel, opus 135- 4. Interludium fra kirkeoperaen Brunnen
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Koralpartita nr. 8 over Guds kyrkjefolk, syng, opus 159- I.
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Koralpartita nr. 8 over Guds kyrkjefolk, syng, opus 159- II.
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Koralpartita nr. 8 over Guds kyrkjefolk, syng, opus 159- III.
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Koralpartita nr. 8 over Guds kyrkjefolk, syng, opus 159- IV.
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Koralpartita nr. 8 over Guds kyrkjefolk, syng, opus 159- V.
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Koralpartita nr. 8 over Guds kyrkjefolk, syng, opus 159- VI. Passacaglia
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Koralpartita nr. 8 over Guds kyrkjefolk, syng, opus 159- VII. Toccata
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