Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
arranged for organ by Klaus-Uwe Ludwig
Sibelius on the organ today? – More than ever!
Looking back at the history of the arrangements of the celebrated "Karelia Suite," one is struck by the fact that when Herbert A. Fricker chose to arrange various orchestral pieces of Jean Sibelius for his "Orgel-Album" of 1909, he limited himself to the closing "Alla marcia" and omitted the other two movements. Klaus Uwe Ludwig now presents the entire three-movement work in an organ transcription that is based on his solid knowledge of late-romantic organ literature. He has given ample proof of his expertise in his transcriptions of orchestral pieces by Wagner (Prelude and Finale from "Rheingold"), Brahms (Academic Festival Overture, Haydn Variations) and Reger (Der geigende Eremit). Indications of the original orchestration found in the music text are intended to stimulate the performer in his search for an adequate sound on the organ. The desired result is an interpretation that is rich in contrasts and that is ideally suited to the organ.