Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1858 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Jean, Elbeuf, France
From sprightly Renaissance dances to grandious concertos, this week’s show celebrates the many diverse elements that make organ music so remarkable. The fact that this instrument dates from the 16th century adds a sense of history. Beyond that, however, style, emotion, and compositional and mechanical ingenuity all play a part in creating an art filled that creates a multi-faceted experience ranging from restraint to rejoicing.
Whether in a charming transcription, an anthem accompaniment, or a zesty concert finale, the king of instruments does it all. Discover it yourself as we listening to recently released compact discs from around the world. We’re Going On Record.
BERNHARD SCHMID: Ballo Milanese. GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI: Gaillard Number 4. CLAUDE GERVAISE: Allemande. WILLIAM BYRD: Battle Prelude –André Isoir (1501 Anonymous; 1681 De Fontaine; 1974 Koening/Église Notre-Dame, Lorris, France) Triton 331121
WILLIAM MATHIAS: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. HAROLD FRIEDELL: Draw us in the spirit’s tether –Riverside Choir, Helen Cha-Pyo, conductor; Timothy Smith (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) JAV CD-134
CHARLES IVES: Introduction, Prelude, Trio and Chorus, Forward into light, from The Celestial Country –Saint Olaf Choir and Chamber Ensemble, Anton Armstrong, conductor; John Ferguson (1990 Visser-Rowland/Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, MN) Linn CKD-203
G.F. HANDEL: Allegro, from Organ Concerto Number 9 in B-flat, Opus 7, number 3 –European Festival Orchestra, Valentin Reymond, conductor; Guy Bovet (1996 Saint Martin Organ Works/Collegiate Church, Neuchatel, Switzerland) Tanner CD-2002
MARCO ENRICO BOSSI: Allegro, from Organ Concerto in a, Opus 100 –Zurich Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Schweizer, conductor; Ulrich Meldau (1988 Kleuker-Steinmeyer/Tonhalle, Zürich, Switzerland) Motette CD MOT 40271