About the album
On the CD “Light Shall Shine” organist Anders Eidsten Dahl performs three works of Herman Vogt on the magnificent Carsten Lund organ in Bragernes Church. The release is the result of a collaboration over more than ten years between the performer and the composer. The music spans a wide palette in its tonal language, everything from simple and naivist music to complex polyphony.
Vogt says himself about the music: “Working together with Anders has resulted in a very personal and inner-directed music and represents in large part a spiritual journey for me as composer.” The musical expression ranges from an inner, contemplative stillness to eruptive bursts of raw power, in many ways the church organ presented in all its symphonic breadth. Eidsten Dahl’s playing expresses the music’s true essence while allowing its power and vitality free rein.
The works are presented here in reverse chronological order. The most recent of them — “ Light Shall Shine Out of Darkness” from 2020 — is a wide-ranging composition in five movements, while the two earlier works — “Ré-sur-Ré…exit” from 2016, and “The Marvel of Turin” from 2012 — are individual one-movement pieces. All the works are based on Christian ideas and phenomena. The thematic content embraces central elements of Jesus’s teachings and Christian tradition, apocryphal texts, German Passion literature, Jesus’s resurrection, and something as concrete as a Christian relic.
Herman Vogt has a master’s degree in composition from the Norwegian Academy of Music. His music has been performed in Norway and abroad by Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, BIT20 Ensemble, Oslo Sinfonietta, pianist Ian Pace, violinist Geir Inge Lotsberg, and cellist Timo-Veikko Valve, among others.
Anders Eidsten Dahl graduated with a degree in church music from the Norwegian Academy of Music and later completed a master’s degree in solo organ performance at the same institution. He is much in demand as organ soloist, chamber musician and harpsichordist, and he has given organ concerts in a number of European countries. He is Associate Professor of organ at the Norwegian Academy of music and organist and director of music at Bragernes Church in Drammen.
11Light Shall Shine Out of Darkness (2020) I. The Kingdom Is Within You, and It Is Outside You. Andante tranquillo
12Light Shall Shine Out of Darkness (2020) II. I Am the Light of the World. Risoluto – Lento espressivo – Risoluto
13Light Shall Shine Out of Darkness (2020) III. See the Saviour's Outstretched Hands; And He Took the Children in His Arms. Largo e molto tranquillo
14Light Shall Shine Out of Darkness (2020) IV. You Are the Light of the World. Moderato maestoso – ritmo costante e quasi alla marcia
15Light Shall Shine Out of Darkness (2020) V. Our Lasting Peace; May He Find Rest in Me. Calmo
17The Marvel of Turin (2012)