Wednesday, February 24, 2010
We are currently working on two very exciting new organ recordings!
On the first album we're working on, we've got a star-studded lineup. We'll have Hans Davidsson, William Porter, and David Higgs all on one album! The second album will feature the extremely talented Joan Lippincott playing Bach's Art of Fugue.
So what organ inspired us for these two amazing projects? The new Eastman Italian Baroque, Craighead-Saunders Organ. It is a copy of an 18th century instrument in Vilnius built by Italian, Casparini, whose work was well-known by J.S. Bach! In other words, it is currently the MOST AUTHENTIC Bach Organ in the U.S.!
The Craighead-Saunders Organ was built for Christ Church as a research project by a joint venture of American and international organ builders. The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester is the main partner and co-sponsor of the project, which involves collaboration with the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and Göteborg Organ Art Center in Sweden. The organ, which is named after two legendary Eastman organ professors David Craighead and Russell Saunders, was installed in Christ Church with the simultaneous restoration of the original organ in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The original organ, found in the Church of the Dominicans (Holy Ghost Church) in Vilnius, was fortunately well preserved in a region afflicted by years of war and conflict. It is the only remaining example of a large organ created by Adam Gottlob Casparini and considered to be one of the most valuable musical artifacts of its time in Europe today.