In memoriam Kjartan Hoydal

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Programme Note

This is the only published work for solo organ by Rasmussen (b. 1961), though an earlier piece (A Light is Lit, 1993) is scored for organ with electronics. As with all his music, the titles of these three ‘chorales’ (perhaps better described as fantasias) – Breaking Waves, Flying Storm and Summer Morning – suggest a strong connection with the landscape of his native Faeroe Islands. Spectral harmonies combine with rushing manual figurations to create exciting, virtuosic, music that is satisfyingly characterful.

- Sunday by Sunday, RSCM, december issue 2017