KARL HÖLLER (1907-1987): Fantasie for Violin and Organ, Op. 49, Improvisations on the Spiritual Folksong “Schönster Herr Jesus” for Cello and Organ, Op. 55, Triptychon on the Easter Sequence “Victimae paschali laudes” for Organ, Op. 64.
Catalogue Number: 01S006
Label: MSR Classics
Reference: MS 1445
Format: CD reissue
Description: You will find no notes on the music in this reissue of a 28-year-old Gasparo release but the Fantasie of 1949, Improvisations (1950) and the Triptychon (early 1960s) all show Höller’s main characteristics: late Romantic tonal language with elements of the mature Hindemith’s neo-classicism and an interest in baroque forms and structures. The recording quality handles the combination of string instrument and organ with such balance and clarity that it makes you woder why more composers don’t try this interesting genre. William Preusil (violin), Roy Christensen (cello), Barbara Harbach (organ of First Church of Christ Scientist, Buffalo). Original 1989 Gasparo release.