'Colinde' (Romanian traditional Christmas Carols) open this recording. The soprano Irina Ungureanu presents them and they are then elaborated on in Sigismund Toduta's Seven Chorale Preludes.
Two works for solo organ complete this SACD: The Organ Sonata by Paul Richter is influenced by traditional romanticism. The big, orchestral sounds give the Sonata almost symphonic character at times.
In the pastoral sound-painting Schäfers Pavane mit Vögeln II of the contemporary composer Myriam Lucia Marbe, meditational passages are contrasted with surprising, concise motifs. The composer experiments with the most diverse colours of the organ in this piece.
Transylvania, a melting pot of different people and cultures not far from the “Gate of the Orient”, a region where Romanian, Hungarian, German, Slavic, Armenian and Jewish influences come together. This is where the compositions on this disc were written, every work representing a piece in the musical mosaic of Transylvania.
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