NAJI HAKIM (b.1955): All My Founts Shall Be With You, I Love the Colourful World, Sakskøbing Præludier, To Call My True Love to My Dance, Glenalmond Suite, Aalaiki'ssalaam.
Catalogue Number: 03M092
Description: This disc of sacred and secular works is split 60-40 in favor of the sacred, but with Hakim, that never means anything stodgily Germanic. Using every possible color (it seems) on this brand-new organ in Copenhagen's new concert hall, he paints bright and joyful pictures whether he's basing his music on chorales or hymns or on Danish or Lebanese folk music. His descriptions of the sacred pieces are not unlike those Messiaen wrote for some of his - the joyous splendor of Christian belief is hard to dismiss - but the music is far more immediately approachable (at times running the gamut from hurdy-gurdy and cartoon soundtrack to more traditional processionals and marches in less than traditional styles). Naji Hakim (van den Heuvel organ of the Danish Radio).