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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1978 Rieger at Ratzeburg Cathedral, Germany
1978 Rieger organ at Rateburg Cathedral, Germany

Organ Plus

Whenever the sound of organ music is not quite enough, the King of Instruments always has plenty of friends to augment the harmony. This week’s program celebrates exactly that situation with a collection of familiar and unusual works scored for the pipe organ with other instrumental resources.

Organ with trumpet, organ with string trio or chamber orchestra, organ with choir and synthesizer and even electronic tape. Michael Murray, Leonard Raver, Peter Hurford and others call on their colleagues to play works by Marcel Dupré, Thomas Augustin Arne, Monte Mason and J.S. Bach. It’s a scene with unlimited horizons; music for Organ Plus.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • August 18, 2003

Music played in the program

MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER: Te Deum Prelude –Rolf Smedvig, trumpet; Michael Murray (1943; 1953; 1970 Casavant Frères/FUMC, Cleveland, OH) Telarc CD-80341

THOMAS AUGUSTINE ARNE: Organ Concerto Number 2 in G –Parley of Instruments; Paul Nicholson, organ; Hyperion CDA66509

MARCEL DUPRÉ: Quartet in d for Organ and String Trio, Opus 52 –Clemens Quataker, violin; Kris van Severen, viola; Carlo Schmitz, cello; Jozef Sluys (1895 Van Bever/St. Jan Berchmans College, Brussels, Belgium) Prezioso CD-820.202

MONTE MASON: Psalm 139, Domine, Probasti –Gregorian Singers, Monte Mason, conductor; James Frazier (1927 E.M. Skinner; 1963 Aeolian-Skinner/Cathedral of St. Paul, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams PD 1001

MALCOLM BOYLE: Anthem, Thou, O God, art praised in Sion –Choir of Saint Luke’s Church, Richard Webster, conductor; Jeffrey Smith (1921 Skinner/St. Luke Episcopal, Evanston, IL) Saint Luke’s CD-101

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on Greensleeves –Rolf Smedvig, trumpet; Michael Murray, organ. Telarc CD-80341

ELLIOTT SCHWARTZ: Cycles & Gongs for Organ, Trumpet, and Tape –Allen Dean, trumpet; Leonard Raver, organ; CRI SD-598

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Now thank we all our God, S. 657 –Michael Laird, trumpet; Peter Hurford (1978 Rieger/Ratzeburg Cathedral, Germany) Argo 433 451

 

This program was originally issued as #9329 in July 1993.