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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Gillian Weir
Gillian Weir

Nothing Like a Dame

This week on Pipedreams host Michael Barone visits with one of the world’s foremost recitalists, Gillian Weir. She talks about her fascination with the organ and the challenges and responsibilities of a global career, and plays from her repertoire - which covers pretty much anything from the late Renaissance to the modern-day. Hear instruments in Denmark, England, Wisconsin, the Netherlands, and Texas, and discover how artistry and charm go hand-in-hand. When the magnificent Dame Gillian plays, it’s proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is nothing like a Dame.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • March 6, 2000

Music played in the program

J.S. BACH: Toccata & Fugue in d, S. 565 (1738 Müller/Sint-Bavokerk [St. Bavo Church], Haarlem, The Netherlands) BBC CD-678

JOHN BULL: 2 Pieces: Dr. Bull’s My Selfe; Dr. Bull’s Jewell (1974 Phelps/Hexham Abbey, Northumberland, England, UK) Argo 460 186

ANTON HEILLER: Tanz Toccata (1992 C.B. Fisk/Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX) Pipedreams Archive recorded April 11, 1994

JOSEPH BONNET: Elfes. JEAN-FRANÇOIS DANDRIEU: Noel, Bon Joseph ecoutez moi. MARCO ENRICO BOSSI: Scherzo in g, Opus 49 (1969 Aeolian-Skinner/Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee, WI) Koss CD-1013

CÉSAR FRANCK: Pastorale, Opus 19 (1929; 1993 Frobenius/Århus Domkirke [Århus Cathedral], Denmark) Collins Classics CD-70442

OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Apparition de l’eglise éternelle. JOSEPH JONGEN: Sonata eroica (1992 C.B. Fisk/Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX) Pipedreams Archive recorded April 11, 1994

Ms. Weir’s achievements as soloist, broadcaster, teacher and scholar have been recognized and celebrated around the globe. In 1989 she became the first woman organist to be awarded the accolade of Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. She is represented in the United States by Karen McFarlane Artists Management.