Reviews that mention Nils Henrik Asheim

July 6, 2002

NILS HENRIK ASHEIM

16 Pieces for Organ
SOFA 507

Further evidence of the foot-weary tourist complaint that Europe has a lot of churches, this CD is another session of free music created on the pipe organ of the cathedral in Oslo.

Using the keyboards, stops, pedals and bellows of this room-shaking liturgical instrument for improvising is a concept that's probably as old as J.S. Bach's work. Some of Europe's more committed improvisers like Belgian pianist Fred Van Hove have in recent years tried their hand at the many keyboards with mixed results. In truth, the church organ is a pretty unwieldy beast to control and get to do more than merely raise the roof, as Nils Henrik Ashein finds on this disc. MORE