Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
The 1841 Cavaillé-Coll organ of the basilica of Saint Denis, France
Seasons change, the days get shorter, and darkness seems more prevalent; it’s no wonder we become introspective at this time of year. Our next Pipedreams program plays with that theme, and the notion of expectation that comes as part of the package. Winter descends, and old chorales and chants for the season call out in earnestness and hope.
We follow the Psalmist’s admonition and look to the hills for help. Is it all about hunger? In the end, music provides the key, and a dozen recitalists, plus choirs from Dallas, Texas; Bangor, Maine; Stockholm and Indianapolis ask the questions and resolve to find solutions—uncertainty, with a purpose, leads to an harmonious resolve. We acknowledge Advent Anticipation, this week on Pipedreams.
MARCEL DUPRÉ: 4 Advent Chorales: Number 30, Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes Sohn; Number 59, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland; Number 28, Gottes Sohn ist kommen; Number 53, Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott, Opus 28 –Jeremy Filsell (1979 Möller/St. Boniface Episcopal, Sarasota, FL) Guild GMCD 7203
EDGAR BAINTON: Anthem, And I saw a new heaven –Chancel Choir of the Church of the Incarnation, Kevin Clarke, conductor; Keith Franks (1961 Aeolian-Skinner; 1994 Noack/Incarnation Episcopal, Dallas, TX) Pro Organo CD 7120
HENRY G. LEY: A Choral Hymn for Advent –Choir of Saint John’s, Bangor, ME, Fred G. Jones, conductor (1971 Berkshire/St. John Episcopal, Bangor, ME) Saint Jame’s Church CD-1001
TRADITIONAL: Chorale, Veni redemptor gentium. CHARLES W. ORE: Chorale-prelude, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland –Memphis Chamber Choir and Memphis Boychoir, John Ayer (1997 Nichols & Simpson/Greene Chapel, Hendrix College, Conway, AR) Pro Organo CD 7119
J.S. BACH: 3 Chorale-preludes, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, S. 659-661
–#1 Kevin Bowyer (1962; 1987 Marcussen & Søn/St. Hans Church, Odense, Denmark) Nimbus CD-5573/4
–#2 Peter Sykes (1999 Noack/Langholtskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland) Raven OAR-520
–#3 Cristina Garcia Banegas (1755 Trost/Stadtkirche [Town Church], Waltershausen, Germany) Motette CD MOT 12391
PAUL BOUMAN: I will lift up my eyes to the hills. NED ROREM: How long wilt though forget me, O Lord? –Choir of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, IN, Frank Boles, conductor; Dwight Thomas (1987 Holtkamp/Sweeney Chapel, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolois, IN) Pro Organo CD 7058