Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1755 Clicquot organ at the Église Saint-Roch, Paris, France
1988 Kleuker-Steinmeyer organ at Tonhalle, Zürich, Switzerland
1732 Garrels organ at the Groote Kerk, Maassluis, The Netherlands
Some pieces were intended for intimate living-room spaces, while others have enthralled crowds in great cathedrals. This week, we travel the world in search of seasonal treats. Christmas is coming, and we will dance and sing while listening to the Memphis Chamber Choir and a host of organ soloists from Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the United States, as each contribute sonic surprises of many sorts. Come along as we celebrate a Holiday International.
MAX BAUMANN: Postlude, Es ist ein Ros, Opus 66, number 2; Pastorale, Hört, es singt und klingt, Opus 100, number 2; Impression, Es sungen drei Engel, Opus 100, number 3; Chorale-prelude, Macht hoch die Tür, Opus 97 –Rosalinde Haas (1999 Rieger/Vierzehnheiligen Basilica, Germany) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 315 1084
HUGO DISTLER/PAUL MANZ/GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN: How brightly shines the morning star –Memphis Chamber Choir and Memphis Boychoir; John Ayer, conductor & organist (1990 Nichols & Simpson/Christ Episcopal, Little Rock, AR) Pro Organo CD 7064
JOHN GARDNER: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day WILLIAM MATHIAS: Sir Christmas. GERALD NEAR (arranged): Ding Dong! Merrily on high –Memphis Boy Choir & Chamber Choir, John Ayer, conductor; Kristin Lensch (1927 Kilgen; 1956; 1975 Schantz/Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Mary, Memphis, TN) Pro Organo CD 7169