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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[2003 Blackinton/Bethel University, Arden Hills, MN.]
2003 Blackinton at Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, Arden Hills, MN.

Just Stringing Along

…whether with a single partner or an ensemble of violins, violas, cellos and basses, pipe organs, large and small, prove themselves amiable companions.

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

W.A. MOZARTSonata in C for Organ and Strings, K. 336 –Charlier String Ensemble; Jean-Pierre Lecaudey (1982 Grenzing/St. Cyprien Church, Périgord, France) Pavane 7507/8

ANTONIO VIVALDIConcerto in C for Violin & Organ, RV 808 –Gli Incogniti Ensemble; Amandine Beyer, violin; Anna Fontana (chamber organ) Zig Zag Territories 325

RUSSELL HEPPLEWHITEInvisible LandscapesRebecca Hewes, cello; Julian Collings (1983 Hill, Norman & Beard/St. Mary’s Platt Church, Kent, England) Regent 337

CRAIG PHILLIPS:  Song without wordsYvonne Caruthers, cello; Todd Wilson (Aeolian-Skinner/National Cathedral, Washington, DC) JAV 149

JUDITH BINGHAMJacob’s Ladder (Parable for Organ and Strings) –Dmitri Ensemble/Graham Ross, director; Tom Winpenny (1962 Harrison/St. Alban’s Cathedral, England) Naxos 8.572687

JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH:  Concert Piece No. 2 in E-flat for Organ and Strings –J.C. Bach AcademyEnsemble; Johannes Geffert (Klais portative) Fermate 20002

Hour 2

TOMASO ALBINONI (arr. Giazotto):  Adagio in gQuad City Symphony/Kim allen Kluge, conductor; Tom Robin Harris (Allen electronic organ/Centennial Hall, Rock Island, IL) Pipedreams Archive (r. 4/13/1996)

SEBASTIAN MODARELLIDuet for Cello and OrganRebecca Hewes, cello; Julian Collings (1998 Casavant/1st Presbyterian Church, Rochester, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 2/23/14)

COR KINTHymne, Op. 8 –Robert Murray, violin; Ardyth Lohuis (1951/68 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA) Raven 923

HOWARD HANSONConcerto for Organ, Harp and Strings, Op. 22, no. 3 –Festival Orchestra/Philip Brunelle, conductor; Wilma Jensen (1985 Schantz/Lumen Christi Catholic Church, St. Paul, MN) Pro Organo 7282


Note that the premiere of Judith Bingham’s Jacob’s Ladder was given on the Blackinton pipe organ at Bethel University in Saint Paul, MN, and the façade of this instrument inspired the ‘topic’ of her Parable for Organ and Orchestra.

The soloist in the Hanson Concert that concludes our program, Wilma Jensen, was 59 years old and at the height of her powers when she appeared in Saint Paul for an American Guild of Organists Regional Convention in 1989.  She’s now 88 and still going strong!  Check out her 85th birthday concert as presented March 2, 2014 at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, where she served ‘in her youth.'


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