Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
2007 Klais organ in the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China
…the ‘king of instruments’ in western culture has earned a place of honor in eastern venues, too, particularly in Japan and, most recently, China!
CUTHBERT HARRIS: Caprice in D-flat –Friedemann Winklhofer. FELIX MENDELSSOHN: War March of the Priests, from Athalia –Wayne Marshall, YE XIAOGANG: Overture, premiere –Shanghai Philharmonic, Chen Zuohuang, conductor; Shen Fanxiu (2007 Klais/National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China) Pipedreams Archive recorded March 4–7, 2008
WILLIAM WALTON: Popular Song. FRANCIS POULENC: Concerto in g for Organ, Strings and Timpani. MARCEL DUPRÉ: Placare Christe servulis, Opus 38, number 16 –Tokyo Philharmonic, Myung-Whun Chung, conductor; James O’Donnell (2004 Karl Schuke/Harmony Hall, Fukui, Japan) Pipedreams Archive recorded May 9, 2004
Filler –YE XIAOGANG Overture (see above)
We are grateful to the organizers of Beijing’s Organ Week 2008 for providing special concert selections for our use from this past spring’s inaugural organ event.