Church Organ

by FRED VAN HOVE

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    Recorded over a three-day period in 1979, this record presents Fred Van Hove tackling the massive organ of the St. Peter Church at Sinzig/Rhein. Van Hove is able to wrestle a wide range of sounds and textures out of the instrument; at times suggesting everything from train whistles to throbbing synth. A strange and engrossing listen.
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All compositions by Fred Van Hove

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released January 16, 1981

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"Van Hove makes the organ sound like everything from a synthesizer to a roaring orchestra to a traditional instrument. The music owes as much to traditional church music as it does to jazz, Ligeti (particularly during the almost vocal-like passages of several of the improvisations) and free music. And utterly engrossing listening experience...." -- Milo Fine, Cadence

"The resonances of the program range from Sun Ra to Olivier Messiaen, yet, for most of the program, the fabric of the music is readily identifiable as Van Hove’s transferred piano technique.... Like the madcap soundtrack for a royal procession in a silent film, 'Finale 79' splices a prim melody with trompeteria bursts before the whole scene is sabotaged with percussive fireworks.... Though Van Hove is in a period concerned with 'inward music,' the effect of Church Organ is anything but introverted or monastic." -- Bill Shoemaker, CODA

Fred Van Hove: church organ

Recorded by Bernd Hoffmann from August 23rd till 25th, 1979, at the St. Peter Church in Sinzig/Rhein.

With many thanks to Peter Bares (Cantor of St. Peter), Walter Gieseler and Rolf-Dieter Weyer.

CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Fred Van Hove, Bernd Hoffmann and Jost Gebers.

Cover design and photographs by Fred Van Hove.

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