Idenstam - Metal Angel: 15 Pieces for Symphonic Organ | Toccata Classics TOCC0495

Idenstam - Metal Angel: 15 Pieces for Symphonic Organ


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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0495

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 4th September 2020



Metal Angel is a collection of eighteen pieces and a Symphonic Sonata for organ by Gunnar Idenstam, born in Swedish Lappland in 1961; this album presents fifteen of these pieces in a series of three suites. Written between 2013 and 2019, they exploit the full range of the modern symphonic organ to give musical expression to the idea of angels in a Gothic fantasy world. Idenstam’s distinctive musical language blends the physical energy of symphonic rock and metal and the modal cast of Scandinavian folk-music with an approach to the organ in the French cathedral tradition of such composers as Dupré, Vierne and Widor. This recording presents some of the most fiercely exciting organ music of recent years, in high-voltage performances by the composer himself.

“Individuality is the word you can append on the Swede Gunnar Idenstam, whose organ improvisations occupy their own universe – part hard apocalyptic progressive rock, part elfin folklore, part nave-shaking French symphony. Idenstam’s touch of the organ is as funky as it is majestic.” – Gramophone

Performed on the organ of Monaco Cathedral


With the magnificent instrument at the Monaco Cathedral at his disposal Idenstam has all the possibilities in the world to wring the utmost of power and sonorities out of the music. ... Broadminded organ lovers are advised to invest in this larger-than-life adventure!  Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International November 2020

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