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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1998 Glatter-Götz, Rosales organ at United Church of Christ, Claremont, CA
1998 Glatter-Götz, Rosales organ at the United Church of Christ, Claremont, CA.

Collaboration in Claremont

We sound the trumpet this week on Pipedreams as we visit Claremont United Church of Christ in California to celebrate an extraordinary artistic partnership. American organbuilder Manuel Rosales created the tonal design and finishing for this new organ, which was built by Casper Glatter-Goetz of Germany. The results are remarkable, as you’ll hear in inaugural season recital performance by Cherry Rhodes and Ladd Thomas, resident musician Carey Coker-Robertson, and Parisian soloist Daniel Roth. Plus Diane Meredith Belcher shows off the incredible Claremont trumpets in a piece written specially for them.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • January 17, 2000

Featured Organ:

  • This instrument was created in a forward-looking partnership between a German organ-building company and an American tonal-designer. The results as you will hear are remarkable. For some interesting visuals and access to compact discs of various recitals held at the Claremont church.

Music played in the program

TIMOTHY TIKKER: Tiento de Batalla sobre la Balletto del Granduca –Diane Meredith Belcher; recorded January 29, 1999, JAV Recordings CD-115

HERBERT HOWELLS: Rhapsody Number 1, Opus 19. SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: The Soul of the Lake, from 7 Pastels from Lake Constance, Opus 96 –Carey Coker-Robertson; recorded February 15, 1998

AUGUST GOTTFRIED RITTER: Fugue, from Sonata Number 3, Opus 23 –Daniel Roth; recorded March 12, 1998

SETH BINGHAM: Roulade, Opus 9, number 3. CLAUDE DEBUSSY (transcribed by Raynor Brown): Prelude, Aria & Dance, from L’enfant Prodigue, duet. uet. JIŘÍ ROPEK: Variations on Victimae Paschali Laudes –Cherry Rhodes & Ladd Thomas; recorded May 3, 1998

DANIEL ROTH: Improvisation on Two Themes: Eagle’s Wings & Simple GiftsDaniel Roth; recorded March 12, 1998