Gunno Södersten (1920-1998) was a Swedish composer/organist. He wrote quite a bit of music, much of which has never been recorded. As part of the research for my book on the solo organ Symphony, I managed to track down copies of ALL 6 of his Organ Symphonies.
Re: Gunno Södersten - Organ Symphony mvt 1 "Immanuel"
Originally Posted by etLux
First-rate job on this, Jonathan; especially appreciated
some of the voicing and stop choices (love the samples).
An intriguing work... echoes of Melchers, Messiaen; and
almost preludial in feel.
I'd be most interested to hear the remaining movements.
Södersten was a fan of Messiaen (IIRC he did the Swedish premiere of some of Messiaen's organ works) so that is a good call on your part.
This is very "preludial" as you say - it is mvt 1 of 3 total for this piece, so you will indeed hear more. Fortuantely the remaining 2 mvts also call for the bell stop, so I can still post it here if I use GPO
The other 5 symphonies are a wealth of music also - Södersten mixed a wide range of techniques to forge a very personal style. For example, Sym. 5 has everything from organum to chord clusters and such weird effects as turning off the blower while holding down a chord(!). It all works, and I'm glad to bring this music to a wider audience.