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Angelus: Music for Organ


Composer: Zvonimir Nagy
Label: Ravello Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 13 April 2018

Zvonimir Nagy’s Angelus: Music for Organ is a singular journey into a meditative state. Like the commemoration of annunciation, Nagy’s album features music for thoughtful contemplation, using solo organ...

I love the sound of a good old fashioned church organ. For most of Western, Christian civilisation, the organ is an important backdrop to chapters of our lives. It's there when we are christened, it's there when we get married, it's there when we attend loved ones funerals and, inevitably it will be there at our own funeral service.

Angelus: Music for Organ probably wasn't designed to reflect this aspect of the instrument, but for me that's exactly what Zvonimir Nagy has achieved: using the organ to reflect so many emotions and so many life events that everyone can relate to. In truth, these 16 tracks (1 hr, 03 min, 21 sec) represent a relaxing, beautiful collection of slow and subtle themes. Themes of spiritual reflection are evident in most of the tracks.

Inspired by Philippians 4:13, 'Prayer' features a melody that is moody, melancholic, and mournful, and for me was the highlight of the entire album. There's chaos in the manic 'Preludes for a Prayer - Prelude VI' which comes just before we end on a blissful, beautiful note with the subtle 'Preludes for a Prayer - Prelude VII'.

Hauntingly beautiful, this will help you find inner peace.


Darren Rea

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