Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1948 Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, UT
It’s a feast for the ears on this week’s broadcast. We’ll have choice and charming confections from home and abroad, including Dale Wood’s evocation of a Cold December, a Richard Purvis song about wee lambs, and a mechanical music-box version of White Christmas. We’ll also visit Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Minneapolis, the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, England, and Brangwyn Hall in Wales in search of the proper ingredients for our holiday party.
ROBERT TWYNHAM: Drop down dew, O heavens –Memphis Chamber Choir and Memphis Boychoir, John Ayer, conductor, David Kienzle (1927 Kilgen; 1956; 1975 Schantz/Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Mary, Memphis, TN) Pro Organo CD 7073
RICHARD CUMMINS (arranged by Cummins): 2 Carol Improvisations: Ding, dong, merrily on high; I saw three ships –Richard Cummins (1926 Skinner; 1980 Möller/Greene Memorial UMC, Roanoke, VA) Cummins CD-1951
CONRAD SUSA: The Birds. RICHARD WAYNE DIRKSEN: Chanticleer –Saint Mark’s Cathedral Choir, Howard Don Small, conductor; Melanie Ninnemann (1928 Welte; 1964 Möller; 1983 Gould & Sons/Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mark, Minneapolis, MN) Saint Mark’s CD-9801
JOHNNY MARKS: I head the bells on Christmas Day. TRADITIONAL: Carol of the Bells. JOSEPH BEAL & JAMES BOOTHE: Jingle Bell Rock. JAMES PIERPONT: Jingle Bells –Bob Ralston (1929 Barton/Granada Theatre, Kansas City, KS) P&P Productions 015533
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Hark! the herald angels sing –Aled Jones, reader; BBC Welsh Chorus, John Hugh Thomas, conductor; Welsh Guards Trumpeters; Huw Tregelles Williams (1919 Henry Willis & Sons/Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales, UK) Nimbus NI 5310