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SIG 130

Naji Hakim plays the Organ of Glenalmond College

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Naji Hakim

organ

Venue:

Glenamond College, Scotland



Producer:

Paul Baxter



Engineer:

Paul Baxter



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Organ




Total Time - 71:53
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JEAN LANGLAIS

1 

Te Deum

4:18
   
 

NICHOLAS DE GRIGNY

2 

Recit de tierce en taille

4:52
   
 

NAJI HAKIM

 

Sakskobing Praeludier

22:26  
3 Mit hjerte altid vanker i Jesu foderum 2:21
  (Always my heart wanders to the birth place of Jesus)  
4 Nasermere, Gud, til dig 2:00
  (Neaer, my God, to Thee)  
5 O Gud, du ved og kender 0:51
  (O God, Thou knowest)  
6 At sige verden ret farvel 0:56
  (The last farewell to life on earth)  
7 Hil dig, Frelser og Forsoner! 2:16
  (Hail You, Saviour and Atoner)  
8 Den morke nat forgangen er 2:10
  (The gloomy night to morning yields)  
9 Nu blomstertiden kommer 1:27
  (Now the flowers are blooming)  
10 Paskeblomst! hvad vil du her? 1:48
  (Paschal Flow'r! why do yu care to come forth?)  
11 Op, al den ting, som Gud har gjort 1:43
  (Arise, all things that God has made)  
12 O kristelighed! 3:42
  (O thou, image of Christ!)  
13 Sa vaeldigt det modte os forst i vor dab 1:10
  (How wonderful, that the World first met us in baptism)  
14 Befal du dine veje 2:02
  Commit thy way [unto God])  
 

CESAR FRANCK

15 

Choral in A minor

10:30
   
 

LOUIS BOELLMANN

16 

Priere a Notre-Dame

3:53
   
 

NAJI HAKIM

 

Glenalmond Suite

10:33  
17 I Strommende (Streaming) 2:08
18 II Favnende (Embracing) 1:33
19 III Smilende (Smiling) 1:51
20 IV Jublende (Jubilating) 5:01
   
 

TRADITIONAL

21 

Improvisation on Amazing Grace

15:21


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.

"Naji Hakim’s Glenalmond Suite comes larder with referential significance. The theme of the group of four pieces, roughly on the scale of Boëllmann’s Suite Gothique or a highly condensed Widor symphony, is based on the clock chimes of Glenalmond College in Perthshire. Commisioned for Hakim’s 2007 inauguration of the College Chapel’s new II/26 Harrison & Harrison tracker Organ, the music has a European dedication too Pastor Hanne Margrethe Tougaard of the south Danish town of Sakshøbing, hence the movement titles: Strømmende (Streaming), Favnende (Embracing), Smilende (Streaming), and Jublende (Rejoicing). Hakim explains that ‘the music prolongs the Christian symbolism of bells to comment on biblical quotations referring to the ‘Good Shepherd’. He deploys his typically fecund imagination in cantabile, scherzando, and leggiero iterations of the bell theme, culminating in one of his trademark tipsy fairground-rude toccatas which threaten to jump the rais at any moment. Recital organists might amuse their audiences by swapping Boëllmann for Hakim in future programmes.

The inaugural recital at Glenalmond was recorded live for Signum by Delphian’s Paul Baxter and is commendably lowon noises off. Hakim treats the not noticeably French organ to a tourof his native repertoire, with popular works by Langlais (Te Deum), de Grigny (Recit de tierce en taille), Franck (Choral no.3 in A minor)and Boëllmann (Priére à Notre-Dame). As well as the new Glenamond Suite, Hakim performs his fascinatingly varied cycle of 12 Sakskøbing, based on Danish hymn tunes, and a challenging improvisation on Amazing Grace, New Britain and Auld Lang Syne. For all that one is used to Hakim’s coruscating brilliance, the sheer technical skill and white-hot intensity of the Hakim imagination in blending these dirge-like themesinto music left this Scotsman duly open mouthed."

Graeme Kay
 

Choir & Organ Magazine - November 2008



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