|In Memoriam: Edward A. Hansen - Concert Recordings|
A former AGO national president, Dr. Edward A. Hansen was a respected performer and teacher who made lasting contributions to the American organ music community. This recording pays tribute to his memory with excerpts from live recitals given by Dr. Hansen. Includes the first recording of Alma Oncley's Passacaglia.
|How Excellent is Thy Name/Marshall & Conzius|
"This recording honors the Jewish liturgical tradition of cantor with organ-- and a rising star of American cantors. The historic 1901 Murray Harris organ at Stanford University is the perfect instrument for this music, which is concentrated in the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries."
The sounds of this sixtennth-century Italian organ establish a tangible link to th emusical culture of the Italian Renaissance. Located in Siena, the 1519 Piffaro organ has a beautiful, gentle, vocal sound that is ideal for this music. Organist Kimberly Marshall plays these delightful gems on this, her most popular recording.
|In Recital at Lagerquist Hall/Bates|
Robert Bates' recital took place on July 4 during the AGO 2000 Convention on the monumental organ built by Paul Fritts and Company for Lagerquist Hall at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Works from the German Baroque and the late 20th century are featured, including works by Buxtehude, Scheidt, Bach, Pärt, and Bates' own compositions.
Frederick Swann is one of the best-known, and best-loved organists in America. He has been organist of The Riverside Church in New York City and The Crystal Cathedral in California, as well as President of the American Guild of Organists. In this recording he demonstrates the huge Crystal Cathedral organ with four landmark works by Mendelssoh, Bach, Franck and Wright.
|John Weaver Performs....|
John Weaver, one of the America’s finest concert organists, was Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City from 1970-2005. He was Head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in
|Michael Farris at SMU|
Completed just after the large organ at the Meyerson Symphony Center (home of the Dallas Symphony), the Fisk at SMU shares many of the same characteristics that have made Fisk the leading builder of concert hall organs.
The organist is Michael Farris, who was on the organ faculty of the Eastman School of Music when he died tragically in his early 40's. Farris won three national performance competitions including the MTNA Collegiate Artists Competition in 1976, the Ft. Wayne Competition in 1985, and the National Young Artist Competition of the American Guild of Organists in 1986 and was one of the brightest "organ" stars of his generation.
|In Dulci Jubilo/Grogan|
Robert Grogan plays the massive Möller organ at the largest Catholic church in the United States.
|Preston Plays Duruflé‚ & Widor|
The resident organist of the Dallas Symphony demonstrates her intimate knowledge of the Fisk company's Opus 100, one of the most important organs built in the 20th century. With a wide variety of French sounding resources at her disposal, Preston plays three large suites written for the French symphonic organ.
|Organ Music of Franz Liszt/Sutherland|
The 1994 Lively-Fulcher organ includes significant amounts of pipework from the church's original 1895 Carl Barckhoff. Two 16-foot choruses on the manuals, plus a solo division with Bombarde's and cornet, and a full pedal with two 32-foot stops provide the gravitas required by Liszt's organ works.
Head of the organ faculty at Peabody, Donald Sutherland is a Liszt expert, and renders this repertoire with drama and excitment. The addition of Lizst's Cujus animan (a transcription Rossini's Stabat mater) for trombone and organ is a delicious bonus. Generous acoustics put it all together in this superb recording.
|Masterpieces from St Mary Virgin NYC/Kyler Brown|
The former Music Director of St Mary the Virgin plays a brilliant recital on the church's 1933 Aeolian-Skinner organ - one of the first instruments that could be described as an "American Classic" design. The organ was revised, with substantial changes in the number of divisions, by G. Donald Harrison in 1942. The highly reverberant acoustics of St Mary's enhance the organ's tonal pallet, which bears strong French Romantic influences.
|Mary Preston at The Meyerson|
In her second recording as resident organist at the Meyerson, Mary Preston presents a Germanic program which provides a wide variety of sounds and textures. The landmark Fisk organ at the Meyerson is in an adjustable acoustic which can be optimized for solo organ concerts and recordings, giving the organ sound elegance and lyrical flexibility.
|German Romantic Organ Music/Parkins|
University organist Robert Parkins plays both large organs of Duke University Chapel. The Flentrop tracker organ in the rear gallery is ideal for the early Romantic elegance of Mendelssohn, and the lyracism of Rheinberger, which the Aeolian organ in the chancel provides the gravitas necessary for Liszt. An imaginative program that combines two large organs of contrasting style.
|Frederick Swann in Hawaii, v.2|
In this second recording made in Hawaii, Frederick Swann is joined by harpist Nyle Hallman, who also is the Organist and Assistant Director of the Choirs at Central Union Church. The 68-rank organ at the church contains pipework from the original 1924 E. M. Skinner and the 1966 Aeolian-Skinner organ. In 1995, Austin Organs reworked the instrument, added ranks and building a new console.
As always, Swann has crafted a program to please, beginning with Bach's great Toccata in D minor.
|Masterworks by Bach/Major|
Large-scale Bach works are featured here on a large organ in one of the largest churches in the hemisphere. Grand!
Franck and Widor established French Romantic organ work. Franck's Grande pièce symphonique was the first to use the term "symphony"; Widor's fifth symphony is perhaps the most famous work of the genre, and concludes with his ever-popular Toccata. The works of both composers are well-suited to the grand, Gothic space of the National Cathedral.
|Judith Hancock/St. Thomas Church, NYC|
Judith Hancock has earned an enviable reputation as a performer of Romantic music. In this recording she contrasts the Antiphons of Dupré, first improvised at a vespers service in 1919 at Notre Dame, with the supremely challenging music of Czech composer, Petr Eben.
|Alan Morrison at Sacred Heart|
Alan Morrison plays the massive Schantz organ (154 ranks, 9513 pipes) at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. With a broad variety of available sounds, Morrison creates long, dynamic crescendo's and soaring melodies which brings this program to life.
|David Higgs at Riverside|
David's Higgs is Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music, and widely admired for both his extraordinary technique, but his ability to communicate to audiences. This unusual program at The Riverside Church includes rarely played works by jazz pianist, George Shearing, David Conte, Alain and William Bolcom, but is anchored by barn-burning favorites by Mendelssohn, and Franck, concluding with a thrilling performance of the Duruflé Suite.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Since it's Friday, and we won't have a chance to send you reminders over the weekend, we wanted to take today to give you one last reminder that the Organ CD Sale ends on Monday! You don't want to miss out on this: