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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Washington D.C.][decorative stamp]
Washington D.C.

[Aeolian-Skinner/Washington National Cathedral][decorative stamp]
Aeolian-Skinner at the Washington National Cathedral

[1969 Aeolian-Skinner/National Presbyterian Church][decorative stamp]
1969 Aeolian-Skinner at the National Presbyterian Church

[1987 Schudi/Crypt Church, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception][decorative stamp]
1987 Schudi at the Crypt Church, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

[1981 Möller/National City Christian Church][decorative stamp]
1981 Möller at the National City Christian Church

Conventional Wisdom: Capital Treasures

…more unique concert performances, this time from the 2010 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Washington DC.

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1417 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1417 Hour 2 59:00 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of April 28, 2014

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

Hour 1

KENNETH LEIGHTONFestival Fanfare (1968)OTTORINO RESPIGHI: Passacaglia, fr Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3MICHAEL BEDFORDTheme & Variations on Le P’ingWashington Symphonic Brass; Scott Dettra (Aeolian-Skinner/Washington National Cathedral) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/5/10)

LEO SOWERBYAir and Variations, fr Suite for OrganFaythe Freese (1984 Casavant/Foundry United Methodist Church) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/7/10)

HERBERT HOWELLSPsalm Prelude, Op. 32, no. 2Isabelle Demers (1994 Lively-Fulcher/St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/7/10)

CRAIG PHILLIPSFantasy on Sine NomineJonathan Biggers (1969 Aeolian-Skinner/National Presbyterian Church) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/5/10)

Hour 2

RANDALL THOMPSONThe Last words of DavidNEIL STIPPAnthem, May your life be filled with gladnessG. F. HANDELSing unto God, fr Judas MaccabaeusHeritage Signature Chorale/Stanley Thurston, director; Eric Plutz (1961 Aeolian-Skinner/Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/5/10)

WILLIAM RUSSELLVoluntary in CDiane Meredith Belcher (2000 Letourneau/Church of the Ascension & Saint Agnes) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/6/10)

J.S. BACHChorale-prelude, Herzliebster Jesu, BWV 1093BACHContrapunctus No. 11, fr Art of FugueJames David Christie (1987 Schudi/Crypt Church, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/8/10)

BRUCE NESWICK:  Anthem, O risen ChristCantata Chamber Singers/Gisele Becker, director;   Bruce Neswick (1981 Möller/National City Christian Church) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/6/10)

JOSEPH JONGENSonata Eroica, Op. 94Nathan Laube (National Presbyterian Church) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/8/10)


The 2010 recordings were made with the support of the Washington-DC AGO Chapter.  Enjoy these added online audio features from that Convention week:

ROBERT SCHUMANN:  6 Fugues on B-A-C-H, Op. 60 No. 1 (Langsam); No. 2 (Lebhaft); No. 3 (Mit sanften Stimmen); No. 4 (Massig, doch nicht zu langsam); No. 5 (Lebhaft); No. 6 (Massig, nach und nach schneller) –Diane Meredith Belcher (2000 Letourneau/Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes; r. 7/6/10)

HEINRICH SCHEIDEMANN:  Praeambulum in D.  ANONYMOUS:  Daphne (fr the Camphuysen Manuscript).  PETER PHILIPS:  Veni Sancte Spiritus (10 verses).  BERNARDO STORACE:  Ciaconna in C.  GIOVANNI de MACQUE:  Consonanze stravaganti.  GIUSEPPE GHERARDESCHI:  Rondo in G.  J.S. BACH:  Fugue on the Magnificat, BWV 733--James David Christie (1987 Schudi/Crypt Church, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; r. 7/8/10)

BRUCE NESWICK:  Improvisation on Divinum Mysterium --Cantata Chamber Singers; Bruce Neswick (1981 Möller/National City Christian Church, r. 7/6/10)

JOHANN STRAUSS, Jr. (trans. Laube):  Die Fledermaus Overture.  CHARLES TOURNEMIRE:  Suite for Epiphany, fr L'Orgue Mystique, Op. 55, no. 7–Nathan Laube (National Presbyterian Church; r. 7/8/10)


Revisit some additional Capital Treasures, early PIPEDREAMS archive performances recorded on-location by Michael Barone and Kurt Wittig during the 1982 AGO Convention in Washington, DC including the 1984 PIPEDREAMS debut of then-young ‘rising star’ Jonathan Biggers.  We also recorded Jonathan Biggers in a Suite for Organ, Brass and Percussion by Craig Phillips.