Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1746 Hildebrandt organ at Wenzelskirche, Naumburg, Germany
What’s past was yesterday’s future. In this week’s program we take look in both directions by summing up happenings in the year 2002 and projecting our future into the new year. We’ll have snapshots from a European tour, birthday celebrations for some noted composers, a few highlights from superb concerts we’ve attended, and reflections on important personalities who have gone to their reward.
Trumpets sound forth, ancient pipes sing out, and persuasive personalities make the case for the King of Instruments as we celebrate the New Year and savor highlights from the Old. This week we take our annual look back & forward by pondering the pages in An Organist’s Yearbook.
GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI: Canzona per sonar –Ingemar Melchersson (1475 da Prato/Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna, Italy) & Rupert Gottfried Frieberger (1596 Malamini/Basilica of San Petronio, Bologna, Italy) Christophorus CHR 77141
WILLIAM WALTON: Antiphon, Let all the world in every corner sing –Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Stephen Darlington, conductor; Stephen Farr (Leominster Priory, Herfordshire, England, UK) Nimbus NI 5364
GARDNER READ: 3 Preludes on Old Southern Hymns: My soul forsakes her vain delight; David, the king, was grieved; Once more, my soul –Barbara Harbach (1983 C.B. Fisk/Downtown United Presbyterian, Rochester, NY) Gasparo CD-258
GERALD BALES: Elegy for Trumpet and Organ –Rex Richardson, trumpet; Joan Ringerwole (1978 Casavant Frères/B.J. Haan Auditorium, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA) Pipedreams Archive recorded February 6, 2000
GERALD FINZI: Anthem, God is gone up with a triumphant shout –Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids, Larry Biser, conductor; Jonathan Tuuk (1981 Wicks/Basilica of St. Adalbert, Grand Rapids, MI) Pro Organo CD 7015
Filler –J.S. BACH: Fugue in C, S. 545 (see above)