Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
2003 Blackinton at Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN
2000 Fritts at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
1928 Skinner at 2008 Schantz/Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago, IL
1985 Marcussen at Wiedemann Hall, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
2008 GoArt Casparini Replica at Christ Church, Rochester, NY
1732 Garrels Nieuwe Kerk, Maassluis, The Netherlands
…a review of some recent CD releases, testament to the incredible international activity or organ builders, performers, and audio producers.
HUGO DISTLER: 2 Pieces, fr Dreissig Spielstücke, Op. 8, no. 1. JAN BENDER: 4 Pieces, fr Kleine Choralvorspiele, Op. 2 – David Herman (2000 Dobson/Sharp Hall, University of Delaware; Newark, DE) Herman 2012
DAVID BRIGGS: Concert Etude No. 3 (Sarabande). LOUIS VIERNE: Hymne au Soleil, fr Fantasy Pieces, Op. 53, no. 3 – Douglas Cleveland (1928 Skinner/2008 Schantz/Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago, IL) Loft 1118
Filler – KONDO (see above)
LOUIS-NICOLAS CLERAMBAULT: Plein Jeu, fr Premiere Livre. CHARLES-MARIE-WIDOR: Andante sostenuto, fr Symphonie Gothique (No. 9), Op. 70 – Lynne Davis (1985 Marcussen/Wiedemann Hall, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS) WSU 2010
JOHANN CHRISTIAN KITTEL: 2 Preludes in E-flat –David Higgs, organ. J. S. BACH: Partita, Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, BWV 768 (selections) – David Higgs & William Porter (2008 GoArt Casparini replica/Christ Church, Rochester, NY) Loft 1115
Filler – WIDOR (see above)
These items above represent only the 'tip of the iceberg', a modest sampler of the many remarkabl new CDs of organ music that continue to be issued every month. Some of these, such as the album by Thomas Dressler, are made on a shoe-string budget, though still accomplished with the highest quality. None will likely be big money makers, but all were created with the belief that the pipe organ and its music… in its many styles… remains a potent and valuable contributor to our cultural heritage.
In that mood, Joe Vitacco, proprietor of JAV Recordings, has been engaged in a restoration project for the Kilgen pipe organ that Joe first heard as a child, at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Brooklyn. Opportunities remain for others to add their names to the donor list to bring this process to fruition and allow the re-inauguration concert by Olivier Latry to take place next year, on October 18, 2013. Might you become an organ donor?