Magazine article The Tracker

harmOrgan

Magazine article The Tracker

harmOrgan

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harmOrgan, Sigmund Groven, harmonica, and Iver Kleive, organ. 2L-077-SABD. www. 2l.no, ? super audio CD disc, 1 Blu-ray disc. When you organists are exhausted after a busy Christmas or Easter season and wonder whether you'll ever be able to listen to organ music with pleasure again, this production might be just the thing to refresh your ears and spirit. The combination of a beautiful Swiss organ with crystalline sounds in a reverberant Norwegian church and the warm, human burr of a harmonica is enchanting. Sigmund Groven is a world renowned classical harmonica artist and he exploits the full range, which is considerable, of his instrument in this performance. I've reviewed Iver Kleive before. He was the organist for music from the unusual Norwegian movie deUSYNLIGE. There his music was limited to what was useful to the plot of the movie, which was rather narrow in range. Here we have a much richer exploration of his playing and arranging talents. The Kuhn organ in the Uranienborg (suburb of Oslo) Church is mostly new; it resides in the case of, and contains a few ranks from, the August Nilsen organ of 1883. Nilsen (1845-1885) was a Norwegian organbuilder; his organ in the Uranienborg was largely intact and an important historic instrument of the country, but the church officials destroyed any chance to preserve it: Nevertheless the new organ has rich sounds and is ably exploited in this recording. …

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