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Naji Hakim - Plays the organ of Glenalmond College

Naji Hakim - Plays the organ of Glenalmond College -Organ-Organ Collection
ID: SIGCD130 (EAN: 635212013021)  | 1 CD | DDD
Ausgefolgt: 2008
Signum Records
Organ Collection
BOËLLMANN, Léon | FRANCK, César Auguste | LANGLAIS, Jean | VINJOR, N.
HAKIM, Naji (organ)
Andere Infos:

The World Premier recording of two of Naji Hakim’s late st works entitled Sakskøbing Præludier and Glenalmond Suite are performed by the composer himself in this fantastic collection of organ works.

Hakim arranged this programme to articulate the timbres of the new 26 stop organ at Glenalmond College, including works by Grigny, Boëllmann and Franck as well as opening with Te Deum, one of the most famous pieces by Jean Langlais.

Artist Note:
I chose the repertoire for the opening recital of the Glenalmond College instrument having in mind the stylistic flexibility and great elegance of Harrison & Harrison organs. As 2007 was the centenary year of my master and friend Jean Langlais, I decided to open the programme with one of his most famous pieces - Te Deum - on the Tutti of the organ, followed by works of Grigny, Boëllmann and Franck, articulating the programme to put in relief the colours of the instrument, such as mutations, flutes, voix céleste, foundations and reeds. The Sakskøbing Præludier, based on Danish hymns, are the prolongation of my credo, and, along with the Glenalmond Suite, are recorded here for the very first time.
LANGLAIS, Jean (1907-1991) 
1. Te Deum4:18
Nicholas de Grigny 
2. Recit de tierce en taille4:52
Naji Hakim  
Sakskobing Praeludier 
3. Mit hjerte altid vanker i Jesu foderum2:21
4. Nasermere, Gud, til dig2:00
5. O Gud, du ved og kender0:51
6. At sige verden ret farvel0:56
7. Hil dig, Frelser og Forsoner!2:16
8. Den morke nat forgangen er2:10
9. Nu blomstertiden kommer1:27
10. Paskeblomst! hvad vil du her?1:48
11. Op, al den ting, som Gud har gjort1:43
12. O kristelighed!3:42
13. Sa vaeldigt det modte os forst i vor dab1:10
14. Befal du dine veje2:02
Cesar Franck  
15. Choral in A minor10:30
Louis Boellmann 
16. Priere a Notre-Dame3:53
Naji Hakim  
Glenalmond Suite 
17. I2:08
18. II1:33
19. III1:51
20. IV5:01
21. Improvisation on Amazing Grace15:21


“The playing is beautifully polished, the organ sound is natural and engrossing and the booklet full of interest.”


“From nearly every point of view this disc is a treat. First, it is a historical document, the inaugural recital - no less - of Glenalmond College's new Harrison & Harrison organ. Its 26 stops, spread over two manuals, are comprehensively explored by Naji Hakim, Messiaen's successor at La Trinité in Paris. He opens this Franco-Belgian display with a centenary tribute to his master and friend Jean Langlais before turning the clock back 300 years to de Grigny's affecting Récit de tierce en taille. Boëllmann's Prière is carefully controlled, eschewing saccharine and providing a tranquil meditation between Franck's A minor Chorale and the specially commissioned Glenalmond Suite.
Initially the Franck seems perfunctory, but the dryish acoustic demands a swifter approach than we are accustomed to. Hakim's Suite and the dozen Sakskøbing Preludes (2005, based on Danish hymns) are deliciously enjoyable and entertaining.
In the latter he weaves fresh and attractive textures from unfamiliar melodic material.
The Suite is based on the chime of Glenalmond's clock tower. The excellent programme note explains fully the biblical allusions of the four movements, the last of which romps along in quasi-theatre organ style, hinting at silent movie chase sequences and the tango! Although billed as a live recording the audience is entirely silent. However, there are more 'noises off' in the concluding Improvisation in which Hakim contrasts 'Amazing Grace' with 'Auld Lang Syne'. This last track slightly outstays its welcome but don't let this caveat put you off. The playing is beautifully polished, the organ sound is natural and engrossing and the booklet full of interest.”



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