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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1890 Cavaille-Coll organ at the Church of St. Ouen, Rouen, France][decorative stamp]
1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Ouen, Rouen, France

[1754 Dom Bedos; 1985 Quoirin organ at Eglise Sainte-Croix, Bordeaux, France][decorative stamp]
1754 Dom Bedos; 1985 Quoirin organ at Eglise Sainte-Croix, Bordeaux, France

[1878 Cavaille-Coll organ at Bayeux Cathedral, France][decorative stamp]
1878 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Bayeux Cathedral, France

[1965 Beuchet-Debierre organ at Cathedrale St. Peter, Angouleme, France][decorative stamp]
1965 Beuchet-Debierre organ at Cathédrale St. Peter, Angouleme, France

Continental Zephyr

The door is wide open, and the variety and intensity of performers involved in the world of the pipe organ continues to astonish and delight. Our next Pipedreams program explores the vivid work of a dozen European soloists, and the determined involvement of an excellent audio engineer. Christoph Martin Frommen who has documented several grand masters, and some relative youngsters still in their early twenties, for whom musicianship is crucial and the pipe organ is only the means of their expression.

The air is alive with beguiling sounds and an astonishing array of talent, as we sample the catalog of a young European CD label, with fresh breezes from abroad enlivening the realm of the King of Instruments. Sail along with us on the Continental Zephyr new sounds from Aeolus Records of Germany, this week on Pipedreams.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • September 3, 2001

Links and Resources:

  • document Read Michael Barone’s reviews of these and other Aeolus compact discs.
  • document Producer and engineer Christoph Martin Frommen enhances the audible contents of his numerous discs with an astonishingly detailed Web presence:

Music played in the program

W.A. MOZART: Overture in C, L. 399 –Michelle Leclerc (1990 Boisseau et Cattiaux/St. Stephen Cathedral, Sens, France) Aeolus AE10071

J.S. BACH: Fugue in c, S. 546 –Suzanne Chaisemartin (1974 Kern/Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, Paris, France) Aeolus AE10111

ALEXANDRE-PIERRE FRANÇOIS BOËLY: 3 Pieces: Duo; Dialogue; Grand-ChoeurFrançois-Henri Houbart (1862 Cavaillé-Coll/Bayeux Cathedral, France) Aeolus AE10101

JEAN LANGLAIS: 2 Pieces: Française; Prelude sur les grands jeux from Suite FrançaisePierre Cogen (1990 Göckel/Holy Ghost Church, Mannheim, Germany) Aeolus AE10081

ANDRÉ FLEURY: Carillon sur le ‘Victimae’Denis Comtet (1878 Fermis; 1890 Cavaillé-Coll; 1993 Dargassies/Église Saint-François-Xavier, Paris, France) Aeolus CD-10041JEAN-ADAM GUILAIN: Suite du Premier Ton, excerpts –Francis Chapelet (1754 Dom Bedos; 1985 Quoirin/Abbatiale Sainte-Croix, Bordeaux, France) Aeolus AE10051

ANSGAR WALLENHORST: Scherzo-Improvisation –Ansgar Wallenhorst (1958 Seifert/St. Matthias Church, Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany) Aeolus AE10021

OTTO MARIA KRÄMER: Pentecost Improvisations –Otto Maria Krämer (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Ouen, Rouen, France) Aeolus AE10031

SUSANNE VAN SOLDT MANUSCRIPT: 2 Dances. J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Allein Gott, S. 711. JOHANN CHRISTOPH KELLNER: Fantasia in g –Andreas Schröder (1989 Fischer & Krämer/St. Konrad Church, Mannheim-Rheinau Casterfeld, Germany) Aeolus AE10011

LOUIS VIERNE: Carillon de Longpont, from Pieces in Free Style, Opus 31 –Joachim Neugart (1907 Seifert/Quirinus-Münsters, Neuss, Germany) Unda Maris UM-20021

FRÉDÉRIC BLANC: Fresque-ImprovisationFrédéric Blanc (1965 Beuchet-Debierre/St. Peter Cathedral, Angouleme, France) Aeolus AE10091

MAX REGER: Finale, from Chorale-Fantasy, Opus 52, number 1 –Stefan Schmidt (1907 Seifert/St. Mary Basilica, Kevelaer, Germany) Aeolus AE10061

Filler –J.S. BACH: Largo, from Concerto in d, S. 1043 –Wolfgang Rübsam Jeffrey Campbell (1964 Aeolian-Skinner/Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL) Pipedreams PD CD-1002