Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
2010 GOArt-Schnitger organ at Anabel Taylor Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
2010 Noack organ, Opus 152, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman, La Crosse, Wisconsin
…instruments at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and the Catholic Cathedral in La Crosse, Wisconsin demonstrate two divergent ways of approaching the ‘classical organ’.
JOHANN GOTTLIEB GRAUN: Allegro, from Organ Concerto in g. JOHANN GOTTLIEB GRAUN: Aria, Geist der Wahrheit. FREDERICK II, King of Prussia: Allegro in C –Kristen Dubenion-Smith, mezzo-soprano; Steven Zohn, flute; David Yearsley (2010 GOArt-Schnitger/Anabel Taylor Chapel, Cornel University, Ithaca, NY) Pipedreams Archive recorded March 3, 2011
GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN: Die Tonkunst –Kristen Dubenion-Smith, mezzo-soprano; Steven Zohn, flute; David Yearsley (2010 GOArt-Schnitger/Anabel Taylor Chapel, Cornel University, Ithaca, NY) Pipedreams Archive recorded March 3, 2011
The instrument at Cornell is a ‘fantasy reconstruction’ of an organ destroyed during World War II, originally made in 1706 by Arp Schnitger for the Eosander Chapel in Berlin 's Charlottenburg Castle. The project involved scholars at the Gothenburg Organ Art Center (GOArt) in Sweden, craftsmen from the shop of Parsons Pipe Organ Builders in Bristol, NY, and Ithaca cabinet-maker Christopher Lowe, all working under the direction of Munetaka Yokota. Performances were recorded by Roger Sherman for the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies.
The organ by Fritz Noack is one of a pair of recent projects initiated by the Archdiocese of La Crosse, WI. Though following ‘classical principals’ of design, it is a contemporary, eclectic instrument.