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James D. Hicks finishes recording a double-CD album, Nordic Journey V.

For the fifth release in his Nordic Journey series, American organist James D. Hicks has uncovered another 150 minutes of additional Nordic organ literature spanning the 19th through 21st centuries.  For Nordic Journey V, Dr. Hicks has also discovered one of the finest of recently restored symphonic organs in Sweden, in Kalmar, a small city located in an out-of-the-beaten-path location in southeast Sweden.  Nordic Journey V will be the premiere audio recording of the newly-restored organ of Kalmar Cathedral.  The Cathedral offers sumptuous acoustics for the 4-manual symphonic organ located in its rear Gallery.

In attendance at the recording sessions, held in last few days of April, 2015, was the Norwegian composer Kjell Mork Karlsen.  Mr. Karlsen has enjoyed a multi-faceted career in classical music spanning many decades.  While composing for the pipe organ is but one of many musical interest, he has composed five organ symphonies.  James Hicks’ recording of Karlsen’s Fourth Organ Symphony is making a considerable impact upon listeners who are now hearing it for the first time on Nordic Journey, Volume IV (Pro Organo CD 7264).  In Nordic Journey – Volume 5, Mr. Karlsen’s Fifth Organ Symphony is to be featured.  The final movement of the 4-movement Symphony V is a highly virtuosic movement, and is dedicated to James Hicks.  The release of Nordic Journey, Volume V is expected in mid-summer 2015.

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