ALFRED KOERPPEN (b.1926): Chorale Fantasies - O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf, Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzu gleich, O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, O Traurigkeit - O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, Lasst uns erfreuen herzlich sehr - Freu dich, du Himmelskönigin, Gen Himmel aufgefahren ist, Komm Heiliger Geist, Here Gott, Der du bist drei in Einigkeit, Nun singt ein neues Lied dem Herren, Der Tag ist hin.
Catalogue Number: 10P062
Label: Rondeau Production
Description: Unlike the series of choral preludes by Helmut Walcha which Naxos has released over the last several months, Koerppen's works are longer, more complex and make use of a much more modern language which, although mainly tonal, also make occasional use of clusters, dissonances and other techniques in service of a dramatic purpose (for example, the arrival of the Holy Spirit in Komm Heiliger Geist is prepared by atonal "light bundles" which strive towards C major and, after several other episodes, the recognizable chorale appears in simple form at the end). This will please even the slightly adventurous collector of 20th century organ music and will be a good demonstration disc for their hi-fi systems. Having heard these, one can only lament that we'll certainly never live to hear any of Koerppen's four orchestral symphonies... Ulfert Smidt (Goll organ of the Marktkirche Hannover).