Bjarne Slodegal (b. 1937) is a Norvegian composer from Kristiansand. These variations are based on a very moving and simple norvegian folk tune which later was used as a choral "O how glorious will it be for the children of God" :
- 0' : Koral = the theme (or choral) ;
- 0'52" : Song, as a lied ;
- 1'55 : Floyteljod (The sound of the flute) : as a flute accompanied by a hurdy-gurdy drone ;
-3'34 : Langeleik (the name of a norvegian instrument like a zithar), with the theme on a pedal reed ;
- 4'43 : Fryde song (Song of joy) to conclude.
(description 99% inspired by a CD booklet)
It was learned and recorded first on Salisbury. Then, the idea came "It could be great on Poblet". The atmosphere of the piece is so different on these two organs that I didn't want to merge the recordings in a single upload. Salibury (IMHO) enhances the "northern" and romantic, almost misty, side of the piece. On the other side, Poblet enlightens the néo-classical aspect of the piece : it almost becomes a different composition.
I guess there is nothing to compare, because these are two completely different worlds :
- Salisbury's victorian velvety flues, harmonic flutes, singing clarinet and orchestral oboe, octave couplings here and there, and tuba at the end ;
- Poblet with more precise but very smooth flues, singing quintadena, fantastic liquid and clear non-harmonic flutes, pedal clairon, chamades at the end, all without any octave coupling and with an acoustics which combines incredibly clarity and space.