Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1996 Taylor & Boody organ at Saint Thomas Church, New York, NY
Some of the most memorable presents are ones we’ve made ourselves, and on the next Pipedreams, you’ll listen to six stupendously talented organists who need only a theme to spark their imaginations, and they make it up from there. Delight in the inspired fantasies of Merrill Davis, playing for a concert audience in Prague; Earl Miller, rhapsodizing at a parish church in Danville, Virginia; Gerre Hancock in New York City; Hector Olivera in Los Angeles; and the inimitable Pierre Cochereau at the mighty pipe organ of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
All set off into uncharted waters and all will bring the ship safely back home filled with seasonal cheer. It’s the miraculous product of Holiday Dreams, improvisations for organ, this week on Pipedreams.
MERRILL N. DAVIS III: 3 Christmas Concert Improvisations: Joy to the World; Jingle Bells; Good King Wenceslas. JOHANNES BRAHMS (arranged by Jennings): Lo, how a rose –Merrill N. Davis III, recorded December 6, 1996 (1995 Rieger-Kloss/Unicov Concert Hall, Prague, Czech Republic) Rieger-Kloss CD-1996
PETER HALLOCK: The Lord is my Light. JOHN AYER: Choral Response –Harvard University Choir, Murray Forbes Sommerville, conductor; Nancy Granert (1932 Aeolian-Skinner/All Saint’s Episcopal, Worcester, MA) Pro Organo CD 7085