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A Quiet Beauty - Works By Kvandal

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A Quiet Beauty - Works By Kvandal
A Quiet Beauty - Works By Kvandal


KVANDAL AND THE CHURCH There was a time in Norway when the position of organist was one of the most natural points of departure for a career as a professional musician. If one was interested in composing or writing texts about music, the post of church musician was a secure profession. Edvard Grieg had plans to become an organist while he was betrothed to his Nina in the 1860s. Church composers such as Knut Nystedt, Conrad Baden and Egil Hovland were organists, but also Klaus Egge and Edvard Fliflet Braen received a comparable education. Arne Nordheim studied to be a church musician at the same time as Johan Kvandal, who graduated in 1951. Although he was also a music critic, and a highly respected one, he held on to his post as church musician. Most of the works on this album were composed between 1959?1974 "Fantasi for orgel" (Fantasy for Organ) is one of his very last works, composed three years before his death. It is a finale worthy of this towering church composer. Kvandal used religious texts regularly, also in church music not found on this recording. He said in an interview after listening to Wagner's Ring: "It became a kind of closing of the ring in me. Quite simply put, at this time I rediscovered my childhood faith and the wonder I felt at the forces in play governing our lives."


  1. Name
  2. Johan Kvandal: Tre Julesalmer (1946): I. Til Hyrder Fromme
  3. II. Den Yndigste Rose
  4. III. De Hyrder Stirrer I Natten Ut
  5. Koralforspill Over ?Ljoset Yver Landet Dagna? (1956)
  6. Benedicam Dominum, Op. 17 (1957)
  7. Toccata For Orgel, Op. 5, Nr. 3 (1958)
  8. Meditasjon For Fastetiden (1961)
  9. Jeg Er Kommet Som Et Lys Til Verden (1963)
  10. Til Deg Herre, Tar Jeg Min Tilflukt, Op. 26, Nr. 1: I. Moderato
  11. II. Adagio
  12. III. Allegro Non Troppo
  13. O Domine Deus, Op. 26, Nr. 2 (1966)
  14. Partita Over Folketonen ?Hvor Er Det Godt a Lande?, Op. 36 (1971): I. Andante Con Moto
  15. II. Moderato Con Moto
  16. III. Allegretto
  17. IV. Adagio
  18. V. Allegro Molto
  19. VI. Koral
  20. Preludium (1977)
  21. Fantasia For Orgel, Op. 83 (1996)
  22. To Religiose Sanger (1965): II. Kveldsalme
  23. I. Morgonsong
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