Clavierists at the Organ in 18th-Century Sweden | Caprice CAP21928

Clavierists at the Organ in 18th-Century Sweden


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Label: Caprice

Cat No: CAP21928

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 20th March 2020



This recording is a modern portrait of the music that Swedish clavier-players might have carried to the organ in the latter half of the 1700s. Since hardly any Swedish music of the time was written exclusively for the organ, we must rely on historical sources for a sense of the possibilities. The selection offered here is largely a work of reconstruction, and except for the short movement by Roman, none of this repertoire has been recorded before, at least in this form for organ.

The Organ at Dala-Husby is Sweden’s second-largest preserved eighteenth-century organ, after the famous Cahman organ at Leufsta Bruk. Completed in 1783, it was built by the church’s own organist, Nicolas Söderström (1730–1810). A former apprentice to the prominent organ builders Gren & Strahle in Stockholm, Söderström had received a royal privilege to build his own instruments. Perhaps his personal investment in the project explains why the Husby organ is so unusually splendid for a country church.

Jonas Lundblad is an organist and musicologist. He studied church music in Malmö, Lübeck and Pitea, specializing in organ interpretation. A prolific freelance career performing both as an organ soloist and with choirs and orchestras has taken him to countries across Europe. When choosing repertoire, he looks mainly to the Romantic era and to new music and enjoys delving into the sources to discover unknown or forgotten works. While a student with Hans-Ola Ericsson, he performed the complete works of Olivier Messiaen. Since then, the music and mental landscape of Messiaen have remained one his central influences.

As a researcher at the Department of Musicology at Uppsala University, Lundblad engages with historical musical aesthetics in a variety of ways, exploring connections to both philosophy and theology. A particular interest is German Romanticism, especially the aesthetics of Friedrich Schleiermacher.

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