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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1999 Noack
1999 Noack organ from Reykjavik, Iceland

Going On Record

From a parish church in Raykjavik, Iceland, to a splendid mansion near Philadelphia, our next Pipedreams program samples great sounds and keeps your finger on the pulse of the pipe organ world. It’s a review of recent compact discs, giving you an opportunity to hear the largest church organ in America, a brand-new installation in Seattle, historic instruments in Central Germany from the time of Bach, and a stunning organ-with-trumpet duo from France. We’ll also listen to a sensuous Arabesque by Debussy, a youthful Pastorale by Ned Rorem, new music by Pamela Decker, a tango - believe it or not, and some jazzy measures from the old country.

This week’s program is a wild mix of new organ compact discs including jazz stylings from Germany, a Tango from the Desert, Variations in Seattle, a sweet song from the DuPont summer mansion, and Bach in Iceland. John Weaver, Peter Sykes, Michael Keeley, and other share the glory as we sample new releases of organ compact discs, Going On Record, this week on Pipedreams.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • January 1, 2001

Music played in the program

J.S. BACH: Sinfonia, from Cantata Number 29, We thank thee, Lord –Thierry Caens Trumpet Ensemble; Vincent Warnier (1996 Metzler/Notre Dame de Talant, France) Pierre Verany 730100

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Komm heiliger Geist, S. 652 –Peter Sykes (1999 Noack/Langholtskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland) Raven OAR-520

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, S. 667 –Cristina Garcia Banegas (1755 Trost/Stadtkirche [Town Church], Waltershausen, Germany) Motette CD MOT 12391

CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Arabesque Number 2 –Benjamin Waterhouse (1872 Mitchell/Église Saint Fabien-de-Panet, Québec, Canada) ATMA ACD2214

MARCEL DUPRÉ: Scherzo, Opus 16 –Michael Keeley (1990 Buzard/St. James UMC, Danville, IL) Naxos 8.553921

NED ROREM: Pastorale –Ronald Prowse (1965 Casavant Frères/St. Joan of Arc RCC, Saint Clair Shores, MI) Albany TROY398

PAMELA DECKER: Saiya, from Flores del Desierto, 3 Tangos for Organ –Janice Beck (1955 Aeolian-Skinner/Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI) Albany TROY383

FREDERICK DELIUS: Irmelin Prelude –Edward Berryman (1981 Möller/Westminster Presbyterian, Minneapolis, MN) Ten Thousand Lakes CD-112

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Old Hundredth –Choir of First Congregational Church, Los Angeles, Thomas Somerville, conductor; Frederick Swann (1932 Skinner; 1969 Schlicker/First Congregational, Los Angeles, CA) Gothic G49121

JOHANN LUDWIG KREBS: Prelude in F; Chorale-prelude, Komm, heiliger Geist –Norbert Kaschel, oboe; Felix Friedrich (1739 Trost/Altenburg Castle Chapel, Germany) VKJK CD-9903

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Ricercar in f# –Wolfgang Rübsam (1787 Holzhey/Weißenau Abbey, Germany) Naxos 8.554380

ROBERT HEBBLE (arranged): Londonderry Air –Paul Danilewski (1930 Aeolian/Longwood Gardens, Dupont Estate, Kennett Square, PA) DTR CD-8607

ANDREAS BÖTTCHER: Blue Pipes IIAndreas Böttcher (1956 Jehmlich/St. Hubert RCC, Dresden-Weisser Hirsch, Germany) VKJK CD-9701

JOHN WEAVER: Variations on Sine NomineJohn Weaver (2000 Reuter/University Presbyterian, Seattle, WA) Pro Organo CD 7124