Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1855 Ladegast organ at Dom, Merseburg, Germany
1949 Wicks organ at the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1953 Aeolian-Skinner organ, Opus 1118, at Riverside, New York, New York
…to celebrate the bicentennial of Franz Liszt (1811-1886), who made the 19th century pipe organ a vehicle for virtuosos, and for prayers.
FRANZ LISZT: Fantasy & Fugue on a Theme of Meyerbeer Ad nos, ad salutarem undam, from Le Prophete [1850-1855]–Ken Cowan (1953 Aeolian-Skinner/Riverside, New York, NY) Pipedreams Archive recorded July 14, 2009
Filler –Ad nos Finale; London/Decca 440 283
FRANZ LISZT (arranged): Prelude & Fugue from Bach’s Cantata Number 21, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis –Tobias Gravenhorst (1899 Furtwängler & Hammer/St. Nicolai Church, Lüneburg, Germany) Motette CD MOT 13131
FRANZ LISZT: Psalm 137, By the waters of Babylon –Angelika Czabán, soprano; Melinda Felletár, harp; György Sárosi, violin; Kölcsey Choir of Debrecen, Lászkó Tamási, conductor; István Ruppert (1997 Aquincum/Calvinist Church, Debrecen, Hungary) Ruppert 9024
FRANZ LISZT: Nun danket alle Gott  –Gloriae Dei Cantores Choir, Elizabeth Patterson, conductor; David Chalmers (E.M. Skinner; Barden/Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, MA) Gloriae Dei Cantores 049
Filler –Evocation of the Sistine Chapel (see above)
A second program, devoted mostly to organ transcriptions of Liszt’s works, follows next week.