Axel RUOFF: Works for Organ, Volume One

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Catalogue No: TOCC0567
EAN/UPC: 5060113445674
Release Date: 2020-10-02
Composer: Axel Ruoff
Artists: Jan Lehtola

The organ works of Axel Ruoff, born in Stuttgart in 1957, constitute one of the most important contributions to the literature for the instrument by any composer since Messiaen. Stylistically, his music unites the French cathedral tradition of composers like Langlais, Dupré and Guillou with the concern with counterpoint and logic heard in Reger and later German figures. Like Messiaen, Ruoff often finds stimulus in religious sources; unlike him, it is biblical narrative that inspires many of Ruoff’s works, and he uses the unparalleled resources of the modern symphonic organ in his response to some of the most dramatic scenes in the Old Testament, writing music of freewheeling energy and uncompromising power.

Jan Lehtola, organ of Turku Cathedral

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    Sacrum (2018)

  1. Toccata VI
  2. Neun leichte Stücke (2013)*

  3. No. 1 Präludium
  4. No. 2 Choral
  5. No. 3 Capriccio
  6. No. 4 Intermezzo
  7. No. 5 Romanze
  8. No. 6 Interludium
  9. No. 7 Bagatelle
  10. No. 8 Scherzo
  11. No. 9 Postludium
  12. Morgengesang – Toccata V (2010)

  13. Morgengesang – Toccata V
  14. Drei phantastische Tänze (2004–5)

  15. No. 1 Sehr rasch, scharf artikuliert
  16. No. 2 Allegro assai
  17. No. 3 Presto
  18. Erhebt euch, Pforten der Weltzeit (2007)

  19. Toccata IV
  20. Wie liegt die Stadt so verlassen (2007)*

  21. Sinfonische Fragmente
  22. Via Dolorosa (1985)

  23. Via Dolorosa
  24. Schalen des Zorns (1995)

  25. Toccata II


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