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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1991 Rieger organ at Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna
1991 Rieger organ at Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna

Going On Record

We explore a world of opportunity on our next Pipedreams program. This is a kind of golden age, as never before has there been quite so much music available on compact disc. We’ll sample from among the most recent issues, including this delicious movement for violin, cello and organ by Rheinberger. We’ll also have the work of little-know Viennese composer Robert Fuchs, played at Saint Stefan’s Cathedral, Vienna, by Peter Planyavsky some Brahms Variations by Marcel Dupré, in a first recording, the latest from the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia, just a tantalizing taste, and pieces by Bach and his favorite pupil, Krebs, recorded very stylishly on historic instruments in Germany.

From simple Bach for only two parts well, not SO simple to the sound of the largest functional musical instrument on the planet, we select from among the best new compact discs and provide you with a consumer’s alert. A review of what’s new, we’re Going on Record, this week on Pipedreams.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • January 14, 2002

Music played in the program

JOSEPH JONGEN: Toccata, Opus 104 –Katharine Pardee (1907 Hutchings-Votey; 1999 Rosales/Cathedral of St. James, Seattle, WA) Pro Organo CD 7140

ROBERT HEBBLE: Prelude on I wonder as I wander –Timothy Smith (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) Pro Organo CD 7146

EDWARD SHIPPEN BARNES: Allegro, 1st movement, from Organ Symphony Number 2, Opus 37 –Simon Nieminski (1937 Wicks/Cathedral of St. Mary, Peoria, IL) Pro Organo CD 7131

SIR EDWARD ELGAR (transcribed by Harris): Nimrod, from Enigma Variations, Opus 86 –Peter Richard Conte (1911 Wanamaker/Grand Court, Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia, PA) Dorian DOR 90308

J.S. BACH: Duet Number 3 in G, S. 804; Fugue in F, S. 540 –Gerhard Weinberger (1737 Silbermann/Friedenskirche, Ponitz, Germany) cpo 999 757

JOHANN LUDWIG KREBS: Toccata in E –Beatrice-Maria Weinberger (1798 Holzhay/Neresheim Abbey, Germany) Motette CD MOT 12711

JOSEF RHEINBERGER: Allegro, 4th movement, from Suite, Opus 149 –Anke Niessing, violin; Olaf Niessing, cello; Joachim Diedrichs (1995 Fischer & Krämer/St. Bonifatius Church, Lingen, Germany) Cantate 58015

SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: Rondo alla campanella, Opus 156 –Johannes Geffert (1910 Stahlhut/Maria Laach Abbey Church, Germany) Motette CD MOT 12441

MARCEL DUPRÉ: Variations on a Theme of Haydn –Willibald Guggenmos (1987 Rieger/Church of Saint Martin, Wangen-Allgäu, Germany) Psallite CD-60421

ROBERT FUCHS: Fantasy in e –Peter Planyavsky (1991 Reiger/Cathedral of Saint Stephan, Vienna, Austria) Motette CD MOT 12691