Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
A cautionary contrast of realities facing historic instruments in Hamburg, Germany, and at the University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium in Philadelphia.
Parts of the Saint Jacobi instrument, dating back to its earliest incarnation in 1516, were incorporated by Arp Schnitger in his famous 60-stop, 100-rank design of 1693. Despite changing tastes and war’s destruction, the essential elements of this organ have cast their compelling spell for three centuries, its grandeur enhanced by a recent and thorough federally-funded multi-million dollar restoration.
The 162-rank, 11,000-pipe Austin, temporary showpiece of Philadelphia’s 1926 Sesqui-Centennial Exposition, thereafter found suitable siting in the University of Pennsylvania’s Collegiate Gothic landmark Irvine Auditorium.
J.S. BACH: Toccata & Fugue in d, S. 565. J.S. BACH (arranged by Worth): Air in D, from Orchestral Suite Number 3 –Ted Alan Worth (1926 Austin/Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA) Curtis Organ Restoration Society CD-1001
LOUIS VIERNE: Toccata in b, Opus 53, number 6. CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Aria, My heart at thy sweet voice –Ken Cowan (1926 Austin/Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA) Curtis Organ Restoration Society CD-1002
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture. RICHARD WAGNER: Ride of the Valkyries –Ken Cowan (1926 Austin/Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA) Curtis Organ Restoration Society CD-1002