Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1981 Eisenbarth great organ at Passau Cathedral, Germany
What do a city auditorium in New Zealand, an historic church of in Manila, a Scandinavian university science project and the Tennessee Valley Arts Commission have in common? Each celebrates the art of the organ. This week we’ll savor performances from Christchurch Town Hall, the parish of Las Pinas in the Philippines, the Hamburg Baroque Organ Project of Gothenburg, Sweden and the Unitarian Church in Knoxville where pipe organs, old and new, excite the imagination with ear-intriguing sounds.
The proof is in the playing. Enjoy some sonically beguiling CD releases while we’re Going On Record with organ music in review.
ALFRED HOLLINS: Song of Sunshine. CHARLES DUNHILL: Cantilena romantica. JOHN STANLEY: Trumpet Tune –Theresa Pepin (1891 Pilcher; 2002 Rule/Tennessee Valley Unitarian-Universalist, Knoxville, TN) TVUUC CD-77642
JOSEPH MESSNER: Tempo giocoso, from Symphonic Festival Music, Opus 45a. MAX REGER: Benedictus, Opus 59, number 9 –Passau Diocese Brass Ensemble, Gerhard Merkl; Hans Leitner (1981 Eisenbarth/Dom St. Stephan, Passau, Germany) IFO 00 116
KALEVI KIVINIEMI: Improvisation on a Philippine Song. FORTUNATO CHELLERI: Sancho Panche, from Don Quixote Suite –Kalevi Kiviniemi (1824 Cera Bamboo organ/Parish Church, Las Piñas, Philippines) Fuga 9161
HANS UWE HIELSCHER: Sonatina in F for Trumpet and Organ, Opus 19 –Karl-Heinz Halder, trumpet; Michael Eckerle (1948 Steinmeyer; 1996 Göckel/St. Franziskuskirche, Pforzheim, Germany) Unda Maris UM-20201
LÉON BOËLLMANN: Allegretto con moto, from Suite Number 2, Opus 27. CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Allegro giocoso, from Improvisations, Opus 150 –Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin (1862 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France) Festivo 6961 912