NAJI HAKIM: SAKSKØBING PRAELUDIER; CHAM­BER CON­CER­TOS 1 & 2; OR­GAN CON­CERTO NO 4

Naji Hakim (or­gan), Dan­ish Cham­ber Play­ers Signum Clas­sics SIGCD 296

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DERVAN

Beirut-born French or­gan­ist Naji Hakim, Mes­si­aen’s suc­ces­sor at La Trinité in Paris, is also, like Mes­si­aen, a com­poser, though of an en­tirely dif­fer­ent cut. The four works here are a visit to a world you thought had dis­ap­peared. The Sakskøbing Pre­ludier, based on a se­lec­tion of Dan­ish “hymns for our time,” are a kind of light mu­sic that would have been down­mar­ket from Poulenc in the 1950s. The cham­ber con­cer­tos are in the same gen­eral vein, with some East­ern colour­ing in the first. But there’s a vim in the Fourth Or­gan Con­certo that’s lack­ing else­where, and an off­beat fair­ground brio in its fi­nale. The per­for­mances are marred by some off-colour string in­to­na­tion. url.ie/gb48

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