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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

A Tale of Two Cities

A cautionary contrast of realities facing historic instruments in Hamburg, Germany, and at the University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium in Philadelphia.

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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.

Music played in the program

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in g –Harald Vogel (1693 Schnitger/Jacobikirche, Hamburg, Germany) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 3427

HEINRICH SCHEIDEMANN/GASTOLDI: Benedicamus DominoGustav Leonhardt (1693 Schnitger/Jacobikirche, Hamburg, Germany) Sony Classical SK 66 262

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in D [transposed to C] –Harald Vogel (1693 Schnitger/Jacobikirche, Hamburg, Germany) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 3427

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 voiceKen Cowan (1926 Austin/Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA) Curtis Organ Restoration Society CD-1002

HEINRICH SCHEIDEMANN: Praembulum Number 4 in d –Gustav Leonhardt (1693 Schnitger/Jacobikirche, Hamburg, Germany) Sony Classical SK 66 262

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Chorale-prelude, Ich ruf zu dirHarald Vogel (1693 Schnitger/Jacobikirche, Hamburg, Germany) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 3427

BHM: Chorale-prelude, Christ lag in TodesbandenGustav Leonhardt (1693 Schnitger/Jacobikirche, Hamburg, Germany) Sony Classical SK 66 262

FELIX MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture. RICHARD WAGNER: Ride of the ValkyriesKen Cowan (1926 Austin/Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA) Curtis Organ Restoration Society CD-1002

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