|At the organ of S:t Eustache Cathedral, Paris
Photo: Anders Neglin
"Individuality is the word you can append on the Swede Gunnar Idenstam, whoīs organ improvisations occupy their own universe - part hard apocalyptic progressive rock, part elfin folklore, part nave shaking French symphony. Idenstamīs touch of the organ is as funky as it is majestic."
Gramophone, December 2018
"His most exciting arrangement is "La Valse" by Maurice Ravel. The complex structures of the score
becomes in Idenstamīs organ arrangement a three dimensional experience. "This is exactly what it is about", says Idenstam. Following the score precisely, and intellectually understand it, makes it natural to transcribe the sound of the orchestra to his own palette of sounds on the organ. Ravels "Daybreak" also turns out wonderfully beautiful. ."
Berliner Morgenpost, 2015
"Idenstamīs love for the folk music and the symphonic rock of the 70īs manifests in his improvisation- and composition style in such a convincing way, that you cannot talk about crossover music of classical and pop, but more about a kind of music that independently of musical styles unfolds in its own beauty."
Nord West Zeitung, 2016
"Idenstam, without doubt, is one of the most talented organists on the
international concert scene."
Corriere del Ticino, Switzerland 2000
"Idenstam showed his unique way of integrating pop music influences with
organ in two movements from his own Cathedral Music played with an intense expression
without forcing the sound and a very high class harmonical and natural playing.
A true creator who really makes the audience to feel well."
Van Guardia, Spain 2004
"Idenstamīs love for the folk music and the symphonic rock of the 70īs manifests in his improvisation- and composition style in such a convincing manner, that you cannot talk about crossover music of classical and pop, but more about a kind of music that independently of musical styles unfolds in its own beauty.
Nord West Zeitung, 2016
"Idenstam now appears as one of the great organ artists of our time"
Dalademokraten, Sweden 2001
"The Wizard of the church organ!
L ´Alsace, Frankrike 1997
Morgunbladid, Island 1996
"What kind of magic makes an organ sound like this?
Overwhelming .. and in the middle a beautiful melody, sedusingly simple, in a whirlwind of rather demonic minimalistic structures. A picture from a fairy-tale "
"His works and arrangements brought unto the instrument a seldom heard "Pop" character."
Neue Presse, Tyskland 1999
"His music sounds like something new and different."
Ongaku-No-Tomo, Japan 1994
"When Gunnar Idenstam improvised on Charpentiers theme he managed to create
something completely new and peculiar. There seems to be no limit in what he
can make the organ create. The categories starts to float apart, and yet, the
melodic voice speaks very clearly. With Idenstam a mature reflection of the
musical heritage with a distans added, and a dazzling technique has come together
in something so great that it´s getting very close to the limit of human
Västerbottenskuriren, Sweden 2002