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Debussy & Ravel On The Organ / Gunnar Idenstam


Release Date: 07/08/2014 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2049   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Gunnar Idenstam
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

A musician of uncommon versatility, Gunnar Idenstam happily acknowledges the influences of Swedish folk music and dance as well as the symphonic rock of the 1970s. But whether he collaborates with Sami traditional singers (as on Songs for Jukkasjärvi, BIS-1868) or folk musicians (as on Folkjul: A Swedish Folk Christmas, BIS-5031), Idenstam is firmly grounded in the virtuosic French organ tradition which he studied in France, with the legendary Marie-Claire Alain. It was during his time in Paris that he first started dreaming of transferring Debussy’s La Mer to his own instrument – to perform this impressionistic orchestral seascape on
Read more the organ. As Idenstam now releases a recording of his arrangement, it appears in the company of key orchestral works by Maurice Ravel, another composer who never wrote anything for the organ. In his liner notes to the disc, Idenstam writes of arriving, over the years, at his own palette of organ sounds, one which he feels best corresponds to those of the orchestra. Finding a suitable organ on which to realize the arrangements has also been vital for this project, and as a result, Idenstam travelled to the small town of Dudelange in Luxemburg. With its more than 5.000 pipes, the four-manual Stahlhuth-Jann organ of Église Saint-Martin has an exceptionally broad dynamic spectrum, as well as a wealth of characteristic stops with which to bring out the timbres of Debussy’s sea and wind, and depict the daybreak of Ravel’s Lever du jour, the glittering ballroom chandeliers of La Valse or the ecstatic climax of Boléro.
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Works on This Recording

1.
La mer by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
2.
Valses nobles et sentimentales: no 3, Modéré by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
3.
Valses nobles et sentimentales: no 2, Assez lent by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
4.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
5.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
6.
Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2: Lever du jour by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
7.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 

Sound Samples

La mer (arr. G. Idenstam for organ): I. De l'aube a midi sur la mer
La mer (arr. G. Idenstam for organ): II. Jeux de vagues
La mer (arr. G. Idenstam for organ): III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer
Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2: I. Lever du jour (arr. G. Idenstam for organ)
Valses nobles et sentimentales (excerpts) (arr. G. Idenstam for organ): II. Assez lent
Valses nobles et sentimentales (excerpts) (arr. G. Idenstam for organ): III. Modere
La valse (arr. G. Idenstam for organ)
Pavane pour une infante defunte (arr. G. Idenstam for organ)
Bolero (arr. G. Idenstam for organ)

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