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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1858 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Jean, Elbeuf, France
1858 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Jean, Elbeuf, France

Going on Record

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.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • May 12, 2003

Music played in the program

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

ANTONÎN DVOŘÁK (arranged by Edwin H. Lemare): Humoresk –Ken Cowan (1931 E.M. Skinner/Cathedral of our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Toledo, OH) JAV CD-131

JACOB GADE: Jealousy –Rob Richards (1927 Wurlitzer/Place de la Musique, Sanfilippo Residence, Barrington, IL) JATOE 2002

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

LOUIS VIERNE: Préambule –Georges Lartigau (1898 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint Etienne, Elbeuf, France)

DANIEL ROTH: Gloria, from Improvisation Mass –Daniel Roth (1862 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France)

CHARLES COLLIN: Allegretto –Kurt Lueders (1858 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint Jean, Elbeuf, France)

JACQUES-NICOLAS LEMMENS: Fugue, from Sonate Pontificale –Kurt Lueders (1881 Cavaillé-Coll/Église du Immaculée Conception, Elbeuf, France) Motette CD MOT 1076

GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI: Canzona Number 1 (1598 Romani/San Salvatore Church, Fucecchio, Italy) Discantica CD-12

GIUSEPPE GHERARDESCHI: 3 Versetti Concertati –Roberto Menichetti (1755 Tronci/S. M aria delle Grazie, Lucca, Italy) Discantica CD-12

J.S. BACH: Fugue in E-flat, S. 552b –Johannes Unger (1721 Silbermann/St. George Church, Rötha, Germany) Querstand CD-0111

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