OSKAR MERIKANTO (1868–1924). Organ Music. Fantasia chromatica, OM038 (1917?); Trauermarsch, OM279 (1888) ; Konzert-Etüden, OM119 (1908); 100 Chorale Preludes: selection (45) ; Mendelssohn arr. Merikanto Prelude and Fugue in E minor, Op. 35, No. 1. Jan Lehtola, organ of Tampere Cathedral, Finland

Catalogue Number: 04Z008

Label: Toccata Classics

Reference: TOCC0715

Format: CD

Price: $20.98

Description: Oskar Merikanto (1868–1924) made an enormous contribution to music-making in Finland, and to organ music in particular, as teacher, virtuoso performer and authority on performance practice, reforming the approach to the organ in both church and concert-hall. It was thought that all of his organ music was known and recorded, but recent discoveries have added a number of previously unknown works to his catalogue: a striking concert fantasia, an early funeral march, some pedal studies, a vast series of chorale preludes – some of them beautifully crafted miniatures, others only aphoristic ideas – and an organ transcription of a piano piece by Mendelssohn.

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