Magne H. Draagen

The Steimeyer Organ in Nidaros Cathedral AlbumPurchased

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THE PRIDE OF NIDAROS CATHEDRAL — IN ALL ITS MAGNIFICENCE The installation of one of northern Europe’s largest church organs in Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim was completed in 1930 for the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Stiklestad. Due to the architectonic solutions, however, the organ met with a mixed reception. In the years that followed, it was rebuilt and relocated within the cathedral, but with constant exposure to dampness and draft, the organ became virtually unplayable. So in 2012, following many years of preliminary work, an agreement was finally reached regarding the restoration of the organ by Kuhn Organ Builders in Switzerland, and by May 2014 the organ had been restored to its original splendour. Thus, after having stood “with clipped wings” for over 50 years, the Steinmeyer organ in Nidaros Cathedral has reassumed its position as one of Europe’s largest and most magnificent cathedral organs. Magne H. Draagen (b. 1974) took over as Director of Music of Nidaros Cathedral in the autumn of 2013. Earlier he served as organist and choirmaster and as Director of Music at Oslo Cathedral and Stavanger Cathedral, respectively. He performs regularly as concert organist in Norway and elsewhere in Europe. With this first recording following the restoration, Draagen wishes to to show something of the possibilities and richness of timbre of the newly restored Steinmeyer organ with its 9,600 pipes! The album features a varied programme of highlights from organ literature along with arrangements of familiar classical pieces — from Händel’s “Water Music” to Grieg’s “Morning Mood”. REVIEWS «Organist Magna Draagen opens the disc with a fine transcription of Edvard Grieg’s “Morning Mood” from the Peer Gynt Suite in a transcription by Harvey Gaul. From there, we are treated to lovely performances of works by composers like Duprè, Howells, Handel and Nielsen. These are superb performances, and the Steinmeier Organ really sounds spectacular in this expansive cathedral. The 5.0 recording goes quite deep. The surround channels really make this recording what it is. In stereo everything folds forward and the effect of the church acoustics with it’s five-second reverb time are lost. It must have been quite a challenge for the engineers, but everything works. This is a very wide-imaged recording, with a solid 3D sound. The dynamic range is extremely wide, so your audio system will get a workout. If you can’t get to Norway to hear this wonderful instrument, this disc is the next best option.» Mel Martin - Audiophile Audition (Five stars) «As well as being an interesting story about the "death" and "redemption" of an important organ in a building of profound historical significance, the attractive musical programme provides a vividly colourful set of organ pieces, only a few of them being well-known. Superbly played with technical élan and genuine expression by Draagen and recorded most convincingly by the Lawo team, this phoenix-like reappearance of the Steinmeyer Organ gives us all the chance to take part and marvel at the restored organ's music-making.» John Miller – HRAudio.net http://www.hraudio.net/showmusic.php?title=10570#reviews «These are superb performances and the Steinmeier Organ sounds spectacular.» Australian Hi-Fi review_LWC1075_AussieHi-FiColumn.pdf «With so much aural colour to play with, Draagen’s own improvisation shows remarkable restraint in its Grieg-like 3’40’’, while in Eben’s «Moto Ostinato», the lovely Adagio by Arild Sandvold and, particularly, a discreet account of «Master Tallis’s Testament» we hear this fine organ and intelligent player at their very best.» Marc Rochester – Gramophone reviews_LWC1075_Gramophone.pdf «This is a Rolls-Royce organ, in a recording well worth seeking out.» Graeme Kay – Choir and Organ Reviews_LWC1075_organ_4_stars.pdf «The arrangement of Grieg’s famous Morning Mood shows off admirably the orchestral side of the Nidaros organ. Draagen plays with great control and sense of musical shape. These skills are also very much evident in his excellent performance of Master Tallis’s Testament, in which one can also appreciate the phenomenal dynamic range of the instrument.» Christopher Maxim – Organists’ Review Reviews_LWC1075_organists_review.pdf «Draagen plays with skill and commitment and the whole is highly enjoyable [...] a fine, very late-romantic German organ with some interesting evidence of the early influence of the Orgelbewegung.» Chris Bragg – Choir and Organ, april 2017 reviews_LWC1075_Choirandorgan2.pdf
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1. From Peer Gynt Suite Nr. 1, Op. 46: Morgenstemning 00:04:06 1.50 USD
Main artist Magne H. Draagen
Composer Edvard Grieg
Performers Magne H. Draagen
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. From Tombeau de Titelouze, Op. 38: Placare Christe Servulis 00:02:51 1.50 USD
Main artist Magne H. Draagen
Composer Marcel Dupré
Performers Magne H. Draagen
Producers Vegard Landaas
3. From Six Pieces: Master Tallis Testament 00:06:10 1.50 USD
Main artist Magne H. Draagen
Composer Herbert Howells
Performers Magne H. Draagen
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. From Conte D'Avril, Op. 64: Marche Nuptiale 00:06:40 1.50 USD
Main artist Magne H. Draagen
Composer Charles-Marie Widor
Performers Magne H. Draagen
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. From 12 Stücke, Op. 59: Benedictus 00:04:43 1.50 USD
Main artist Magne H. Draagen
Composer Max Reger
Performers Magne H. Draagen
Producers Vegard Landaas
6. Toccata over "Kjærlighet er lysets kilde" 00:03:50 1.50 USD
Main artist Magne H. Draagen
Composer Egil Hovland
Performers Magne H. Draagen
Producers Vegard Landaas
7. From 12 Pièces Nouvelles: In Paradisum 00:04:26 1.50 USD
Main artist Magne H. Draagen
Composer Théodore Dubois
Performers Magne H. Draagen
Producers Vegard Landaas
8. Orgelfantasi Nidarosdomens klokker 00:06:21 1.50 USD
Main artist Magne H. Draagen
Composer Ludvig Nielsen
Performers Magne H. Draagen
Producers Vegard Landaas
9. Hommage a Händel, Op. 75B 00:15:26 2.60 USD
Main artist Magne H. Draagen
Composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Performers Magne H. Draagen
Producers Vegard Landaas
10. Adagio, Op. 9 00:04:28 1.50 USD
Main artist Magne H. Draagen
Composer Arild Sandvold
Performers Magne H. Draagen
Producers Vegard Landaas
11. From Sonntagsmusik: Moto Ostinato 00:06:05 1.50 USD
Main artist Magne H. Draagen
Composer Petr Eben
Performers Magne H. Draagen
Producers Vegard Landaas
12. From Water Music, Suite in F, HWV 348: Hornpipe 00:03:47 1.50 USD
Main artist Magne H. Draagen
Composer George Friedrich Händel
Performers Magne H. Draagen
Producers Vegard Landaas
13. Improvisasjon over en folketone fra Hornindal 00:03:45 1.50 USD
Main artist Magne H. Draagen
Composer Magne H. Draagen
Performers Magne H. Draagen
Producers Vegard Landaas
14. From 6 Pièces D'Orgue: Grand Choeur Dialogue 00:06:10 1.50 USD
Main artist Magne H. Draagen
Composer Eugène Gigout
Performers Magne H. Draagen
Producers Vegard Landaas