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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1891; 1924; 1991 Casavant Frères Opus 26 and 1034 at the Notre-Dame Basilica Montréal, Québec, Canada]
1891; 1924; 1991 Casavant Frères Opus 26 and 1034 at the Notre-Dame Basilica Montréal, Québec, Canada

[John Weaver publicity photo from 1959 for a recital at McCurdy’s church]
Valerie Hall, President of the Royal Canadian College of Organists

Celebrating Canada

…in tribute to the Royal Canadian College of Organists, RCCO, in its centenary year, a program of Canadian composers, performers, and instruments.

Audio 0923 Complete Show 1 hr 58 min

Audio 0923 Hour 1 59:00
Audio 0923 Hour 2 59:00

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of June 08, 2009

Links and Resources:

Interview Audio:

  • Now in the midst of her two-year term as President of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Valerie Hall responds to Michael Barone’s queries:
  • Audio 01 [1:50] What challenges has Ms. Hall faced during her time with the RCCO?
  • Audio 02 [7:30] An RCCO History, including the inevitable English-Protestant/French-Catholic dichotomy, the evolving demands upon Canadian church musicians in the 21st century, and the ‘Bach Model’
  • Audio 03 [1:00] The uniqueness of the ‘Canadian Sound’
  • Audio 04 [5:50] The Road to Glory: what it takes to be President of the RCCO
  • Audio 05 [0:50] How much do the official ‘organist organizations’ in Canada, RCCO, and the United States AGO cooperate?

Music played in the program

Hour 1

SIR ERNEST MacMILLAN: Cortege AcadémiqueSir Andrew Davis (1982 Kney/Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) Marquis 109

HEALEY WILLAN: EpiloguePatrick Wedd (1915; 1996 Casavant Frères/Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montréal, Québec, Canada) Naxos 8.557375

ANONYMOUS: Pange lingua Versets, from Le Livre d’Orgue de MontréalKenneth Gilbert (1981 Wolff/Redpath Hall, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada) Analekta CD-23022

GIOVANNI BATTISTA FERRINI: 2 Dances –Catherine Todorovski (1993 Wilhelm/Notre-Dame-de-la-Defense, Montréal, Québec, Canada) ATMA ACD2110

GERALD BALES: Petit Suite –Ian Sadler (1888 Warren; 1936, 1967 Casavant Frères/St. James’ Cathedral, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) CBC CD-1068

HEALEY WILLAN: Anthem, I looked, and behold, a white cloud –William Bowen, tenor; Cathedral Choir, Giles Bryant, conductor; Norman McBeth (1888 Warren; 1936, 1967 Casavant Frères/St. James’ Cathedral, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) Saint James 6715

GABRIEL CUSSON: Gloria, from Mass for Women’s Voices –Basilica Choir, Jean-Pierre Guindon, conductor; Rachel Laurin (1891; 1924; 1991 Casavant Frères/Basilique Notre-Dame, Montréal, Québec, Canada) Basilique Notre Dame 005

J. SCOTT IRVINE: Aubade –Stuart Laughton, trumpet; William O’Meara (1952 Casavant Frères/Humbercrest United Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) Opening Day 9301

RUTH WATSON HENDERSON: Psalm 150 –Elmer Iseler Singers, Lydia Adams, conductor; Matthew Larkin (1926 Casavant Frères; 2005 Mead/Grace Church-on-the-Hill, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) CBC CD-1167

Filler –HEALEY WILLAN Epilogue (see above)

Hour 2

DENIS BÉDARD: AndantinoDenis Bédard (1927 Casavant Frères/Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Québec, Québec City, Québec, Canada) ATMA ACD1003

RAYMOND DAVELUY: Chorale-prelude, Herzlich tut mich erfreuenDavid MacDonald (1963 Casavant Frères/Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Cap, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada) CBC CD-1104

RAYMOND DAVELUY: Allegro e molto energico, from Sonata Number 2 –Rachel Laurin (1960 Beckerath/Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec, Canada) CBC CD-1111

ANONYMOUS: Tierce en taille, Duo, Recit, Dialogue & Plein Jeu in G, from Le Livre d’Orgue de MontréalAntoine Bouchard (1991 Guilbault-Thérien/Chapelle du Grand Séminaire, Montréal, Québec, Canada) REM CD-311201

JACOBUS KLOPPERS: Two Airs, from Celtic ImpressionsGayle H. Martin (2002 Casavant Frères/Mount Allison University Chapel, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada) GHM 003

ARTHUR LETONDAL: Toccata –Alan Reesor (1895 Casavant Frères/Église Saint-Philippe et Saint-Jacques, Egmont Bay, PEI, Canada) CBC CD-6562

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (arranged by Taylor): None but the lonely heartPatrick Wedd (1927 Wurlitzer/Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Canada) CBC CD-1019

BARRIE CABENA: Victor’s Variations, from Cabena’s HomageDavid Titterington (1995 Letourneau/Damon Wells Chapel, Pembroke College, Oxford, England, UK) Classical Recording Company 901

JEFFREY McCUNE: Crossing to Byzantium, sections IV-V –Joachim Segger, piano; Marnie Giesbrecht (1987 Casavant Frères/Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary, Alberta, Canada) Arktos CD-200257

Filler –DAVELUY: Sonata (see above)

 

The 100 th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian College of Organists is the focus of the upcoming RCCO National Convention to be held in Toronto June 28-July 2, 2009.