Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
…a survey of mostly 19th-century instruments made by regional builders for churches in and around Maryland's prosperous port.
LOUIS VIERNE: Allegro, from Symphony Number 2 –Thomas Spacht (1884 Roosevelt; 1989 Schantz/Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Baltimore, MD)
TAYLOR: Variations on Adeste fidelis –Elsie Hoermann (1890 Reiley/Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore, MD)
POLLARD: Chanson Romantique –James Hammann (1901 Stein/St. Mary Episcopal, Baltimore, MD)
LÉO DELIBES: Intermezzo Waltz, from Naila (1899 Welte Orchestrions/Durward R. Center, Aeolian Hall, Baltimore, MD) Centerdisc DRCD-1991
GEORG BÖHM: Vater unser im Himmelreich –Peggy Haas Howell (1989 Howell/Epiphany Episcopal Church, Timonium, MD)
FRANK BRIDGE: Allegro Marziale, from 6 Pieces –Peter Crisafulli (1885 Roosevelt/Lovely Lane UMC, Baltimore, MD)
ANONYMOUS: General Washington's March –Philip Cooper (1860 unknown builder/Old Salem Lutheran Church, Catonsville, MD)
TRADITIONAL: Holy, holy, holy –Michael Britt (1886 Ganter & Schumacher/Holy Cross Church, Baltimore, MD)
CLIFTON: La Fayette's Welcome. NIELSEN: Short Preludes, Opus 51 –Lois Regestein (1880 Niemann/Parish Hall, First Unitarian Church, Baltimore, MD)
JOSEF RHEINBERGER: Fugue in g#, from Sonata Number 16, Opus 175 –Bruce Stevens (1889 Odell/Corpus Christi-Jenkins Memorial Church, Baltimore, MD)
These performances were recorded during a summer convention of the Organ Historical Society. A multi-compact-disc collection devoted to these and other instruments mostly 19th-century instruments is available from the OHS.