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Johannes Brahms: Organ Works

Brahms / Eidsten Dahl
Release Date: 04/10/2012 
Label:  Lawo Classics   Catalog #: 1023   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsRobert Schumann
Performer:  Anders Eidsten Dahl
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

That some of the pieces recorded here by the young organist Anders Eidsten Dahl (b. 1976) are among the finest in organ literature is not a controversial claim. We hear the magnificent masterpiece Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, Wo0 10, which Dahl performs with precise articulation, adapting it well to the moderate acoustics of the church nave. But the recording includes as well heartfelt chorale preludes, for example, one based on Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming. It is as though the Brahmsian chromatic language enshrouds the melody in thin harmonic silk, and only the most assiduous listener will glimpse the hymn through the veil.

-- Sjur Haga Bringeland, Dag og Tid

Here we are treated to the complete organ works of
Read more Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), plus a lesser known work of Clara Schumann. The organ works of Brahms have often been overlooked, yet are regarded as important in the composer's musical development. At a time when concert halls more and more featured opera and high-flown piano playing, the organ works show the high regard Brahms had for Bach and counterpoint. And they are a key to understanding how he so expertly integrated classical elements into his otherwise Romantic orchestral, instrumental, and vocal works. Particularly noteworthy are the two variants of "Prelude and Fugue" in A Minor and G Minor, respectively. Here we meet a Brahms who now and again is capable of creating the rich sonority found in the better organ works of the master Bach. Here we find music with power and vitality elegantly interpreted by Anders Eidsten Dahl. The remainder of the album perhaps confirms that Brahms did not stake everything on composing for organ. The CD as a whole gives a good impression of his limited production in this sphere. Anders Eidsten Dahl (b. 1976) has an active career as concert organist, both as organ soloist and chamber musician in Norway and abroad. On this recording he demonstrates why he was the recipient of the Government Grants for Younger and Newly Established Artists in 2011 and 2012.

-- Trond Erikson, Smaalenene
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in A minor, WoO 9 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Anders Eidsten Dahl (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1857; Germany 
Venue:  Bragernes Church, Drammen 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in G minor, WoO 10 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Anders Eidsten Dahl (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1857; Germany 
Venue:  Bragernes Church, Drammen 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Fugue for Organ in A flat minor, WoO 8 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Anders Eidsten Dahl (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Venue:  Bragernes Church, Drammen 
Length: 7 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Chorale Prelude and Fugue for Organ, WoO 7 "O Traurigkeit" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Anders Eidsten Dahl (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
Venue:  Bragernes Church, Drammen 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: Sehr aufgeregt by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Anders Eidsten Dahl (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  Bragernes Church, Drammen 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Anders Eidsten Dahl (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Austria 
Venue:  Bragernes Church, Drammen 
Length: 28 Minutes 58 Secs. 

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