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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1998 Casavant organ at the Church of Saint Louis, King of France
1998 Casavant organ at the Church of Saint Louis, King of France

Going On Record

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.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • May 14, 2001

Music played in the program

RICHARD WAYNE DIRKSEN: Anthem, Arise, Shine!Choir of Saint Thomas Church, Gerre Hancock, conductor; Judith Hancock (1956 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Thomas Episcopal, New York, NY) Priory PRCD629

HEALEY WILLAN: Furue in e, from Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue –Dame Gillian Weir (1949 Aeolian-Skinner/Boston’s First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, MA) Priory PRCD751

ANONYMOUS: Pavana in passo e mezzo. ANDREA ANTICO: Animoso mio desire –Massimiliano Raschietti (1533 Colombo/Duomo SS Corpo di Cristo, Valvasone, Italy) Symphonia CD-00177

WILLIAM WALTON (arranged by Gower): Popular Song, from Façade. FRANK BRIDGE: Allegro con spirito in B-flat, from 3 Three Pieces [1905] –Todd Wilson (1998 Quimby/St. Margaret Episcopal, Palm Desert, CA) JAV CD-120

CYRIL JENKINS: DawnPaul-Martin Maki (1915 E.M. Skinner/Unitarian-Universalist, Detroit, MI) JAV CD-122

J.S. BACH: Prelude in f, S. 534 –Kay Johannsen (1737 Treutmann/Grauhof Castle Church, Goslar, Germany) Hänssler CD-92.093

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 ChristJeremy Filsell (1979 Möller/St. Boniface Episcopal, Sarasota, FL) Guild GMCD 7203

MAX REGER: Melodia, Opus 59, number 11 –Joseph Adam (1907 Hutchings-Votey; 1999 Rosales/Cathedral of St. James, Seattle, WA) Loft LRCD-1027

ALEXANDER MASON: Improvised Minuet-Waltz –Alexander Mason (1898 Henry Willis; 1971 Hill, Norman & Beard; 1999 Nicholson/Gloucester Cathedral, England, UK) Signum 028

FRANZ LISZT: Excelsior!Nicolas Kynaston (1977 Klais/Ingolstadt Münster, Germany) Guild GMCD 7210

JEAN LANGLAIS: Te DeumDavid Heller (1998 Casavant Frères/St. Louis King of France RCC, Saint Paul, MN) Calcante CD-037

LOUIS VIERNE: Final, from Symphony Nol 5 in a, Opus 47 –Christine Kamp (1888 Cavaillé-Coll/Basilique Saint-Sernin, Toulouse, France) Festivo 6941 762