Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1998 Casavant organ at the Church of Saint Louis, King of France
There’s something for everyone on our next Pipedreams broadcast. We’ll feature everything from charming Renaissance dances played on a restored instrument from the early 1500s to an improvised waltz that’s only a few months old. Our sampler of current CDs includes the sound of the largest church organ in New England and works by Bach played on an instrument from his time and territory. We’ll light up the dawn with a poem perfectly fitted to a venerable Skinner organ in one of Detroit’s once-fine neighborhoods, reminisce about the early days of Pipedreams broadcasts with a piece we premiered here, and savor the splendor of a Vierne Symphonic Finale played in grand manner on a near-perfect organ in Toulouse.
From Dupré to Dirksen, and Willan to Walton, it’s a variety sampler of the best new organ compact discs, with profound preludes, delicious dances, and scintillating sorties. To keep up with the recent and the remarkable, we’re Going On Record with new releases in review, this week on Pipedreams.
WILLIAM WALTON (arranged by Gower): Popular Song, from Façade. FRANK BRIDGE: Allegro con spirito in B-flat, from 3 Three Pieces  –Todd Wilson (1998 Quimby/St. Margaret Episcopal, Palm Desert, CA) JAV CD-120
J.S. BACH: 2 Chorales & Preludes: Wir Christenleut, S. 710; Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, S. 734 –Regensburg Domspatzen, Roland Büchner, conductor; Franz Josef Stoiber (1989 Mathis/Regensburg Cathedral, Germany) Motette CD MOT 50721
MARCEL DUPRÉ: 3 Chorales, from Opus 28: Christ, unser Herr; Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag; Erstanden ist der heil’ge Christ –Jeremy Filsell (1979 Möller/St. Boniface Episcopal, Sarasota, FL) Guild GMCD 7203
ALEXANDER MASON: Improvised Minuet-Waltz –Alexander Mason (1898 Henry Willis; 1971 Hill, Norman & Beard; 1999 Nicholson/Gloucester Cathedral, England, UK) Signum 028