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Sakskøbing Præludier

composer
2005

 
At the initiative of Pastor Hanne Margrethe Tougaard and of organist Flemming Chr. Hansen, the Sakskøbing Church, Denmark released a CD of Danish hymns in September 2004 titled “Salmer til tiden—en musikalsk velkomst til den nye salmebog” (“Hymns for our time—a musical introduction to the new hymn book”). The Sakskøbing Præludier of Naji Hakim are based on some of these chorales, coming within the framework of an ecumenical approach and to pay a grateful homage to the Sakskøbing parish, to its organist and to its pastor. The work has been written in two versions: one for Organ and another for Chamber Ensemble.

The Preludes can be distinguished by characters full of contrasts, which accompany the poetic line of the texts of the hymns, the theological axis that underlies them and the liturgical time. They find their place as much in the liturgy as they do in the concert.

‘Mit hjerte altid vanker’ develops a dancing movement around the chorale of Carl Nielsen. Chimes, melismas, aksak rhythms (3+2+2) or toccata give the dominant colour of the cycle, emerging from the joy of Christmas. Expressive harmonies accompany the declamation of the tenor of ‘Nærmere, Gud, til dig’. In ‘O Gud, du ved og kender’ the cantus is counterpointed by a perpetual movement, an image of the confident Christian, carried by a compelling stream in the steps of Christ. ‘At sige verden ret farvel’ is an expressive, harmonic meditation full of chromaticism, facing the torments of death and the mystery of Redemption. ‘Hil dig, Frelser og Forsoner’ illustrates the loving and grateful thrust of the Christian soul towards the Crucified, Saviour and Consoler. One may figure in the perpetuum mobile of the middle section, a picture of the Eternal Joy in Christ. A relief of serenity and of light frames the majestic declamation of the tenor of ‘Den mørke nat forgangen er’.

Based on a Swedish popular melody, ‘Nu blomstertiden kommer’ offers a cheerful and dancing thanksgiving, in praise to the Creator. The Easter chorale par excellence in Denmark, ‘Påskeblomst’ is paraphrased harmonically here, with an ascending cadential progression and a crescendo culminating on the splendour of the Resurrection. The overflowing joy of ‘Op, al den ting, som Gud har gjort’ takes up again the character of the initial movement of the cycle and falls within the thrust of Psalm 150: “Let all that breathes praise the Lord”. The peaceful paraphrase of ‘O kristelighed’, conjugates the ABA form to the ornamental variation. The light writing of ‘Så vældigt det mødte os først i vor dåb’ symbolises the baptismal water and the encounter with the Beloved. ‘Befal du dine veje’ concludes the cycle in a popular and festive character, exuberant with joy.

from notes by Signum Classics © 2012

Recordings

Hakim: Hakim plays Hakim
SIGCD222Download only
Hakim: Sakskøbing Præludier & other works
SIGCD296Download only
Naji Hakim
SIGCD130Download only

Details

No 01: Mit hjerte altid vanker 'Always my heart wanders'
Track 3 on SIGCD130 [2'21] Download only
Track 4 on SIGCD222 [2'17] Download only
Track 1 on SIGCD296 [2'22] Download only
No 02: Nærmere, Gud, til dig 'Nearer, my God, to Thee'
Track 4 on SIGCD130 [2'00] Download only
Track 5 on SIGCD222 [1'56] Download only
Track 2 on SIGCD296 [2'11] Download only
No 03: O Gud, du ved og kender 'O God, Thou knowest'
Track 5 on SIGCD130 [0'51] Download only
Track 6 on SIGCD222 [0'46] Download only
Track 3 on SIGCD296 [0'50] Download only
No 04: At sige verden ret farvel 'The last farewell to life on earth'
Track 6 on SIGCD130 [0'56] Download only
Track 7 on SIGCD222 [0'53] Download only
Track 4 on SIGCD296 [1'20] Download only
No 05: Hil dig, Frelser og Forsoner! 'Hail You, Saviour and Atoner'
Track 7 on SIGCD130 [2'16] Download only
Track 8 on SIGCD222 [2'18] Download only
Track 5 on SIGCD296 [2'35] Download only
No 06: Den mørke nat forgangen er 'The gloomy night to morning yields'
Track 8 on SIGCD130 [2'10] Download only
Track 9 on SIGCD222 [1'55] Download only
Track 6 on SIGCD296 [2'10] Download only
No 07: Nu blomstertiden kommer 'Now the flowers are blooming'
Track 9 on SIGCD130 [1'27] Download only
Track 10 on SIGCD222 [1'24] Download only
Track 7 on SIGCD296 [1'46] Download only
No 08: Påskeblomst! hvad vil du her? 'Paschal Flow'r! why do you care to come forth?'
Track 10 on SIGCD130 [1'48] Download only
Track 11 on SIGCD222 [1'43] Download only
Track 8 on SIGCD296 [1'43] Download only
No 09: Op, al den ting, som Gud har gjort 'Arise, all things that God has made'
Track 11 on SIGCD130 [1'43] Download only
Track 12 on SIGCD222 [1'36] Download only
Track 9 on SIGCD296 [1'43] Download only
No 10: O kristelighed! 'O thou, image of Christ!'
Track 12 on SIGCD130 [3'42] Download only
Track 13 on SIGCD222 [3'34] Download only
Track 10 on SIGCD296 [4'09] Download only
No 11: Så vældigt det mødte os først i vor dåb 'How wonderful, that the Word first met us in baptism'
Track 13 on SIGCD130 [1'10] Download only
Track 14 on SIGCD222 [1'12] Download only
Track 11 on SIGCD296 [1'14] Download only
No 12: Befal du dine veje 'Commit thy way'
Track 14 on SIGCD130 [2'02] Download only
Track 15 on SIGCD222 [2'00] Download only
Track 12 on SIGCD296 [2'10] Download only

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