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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ]
Fred J. Cooper Memorial Pipe Organ in Philadelphia's Verizon Hall

Concerts at the Kimmel Center

…in celebration of the 10th birthday of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Pipe Organ in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall.

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1710 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1710 Hour 2 59:00 Min

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

MANUEL de FALLA (trans. Latry):  Ritual Fire Dance, fr El amor brujoDIETERICH BUXTEHUDEPassacaglia in d. J. S. BACHFugue in G, BWV 577.  OLIVIER LATRY:  Improvisation on Themes by Puccini and Gounod –Olivier Latry (r. 10/17/2009)

HENRY MARTIN 2 Prelude & Fugue (G-flat and A).  SERGEI PROKOFIEV (trans. Demers):  The Street Awakens, fr Romeo & JulietRAYMOND DAVELUY:  Toccata, fr Sonata No. 6 –Isabelle Demers (r. 1/19/13)

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Hour 2

JOSEPH GUY ROPARTZSortie in B-flatALBERT ALAINScherzoJAMES DAVID CHRISTIEElegieJEAN LANGLAISAcclamations, fr Suite MedievalJames David Christie (r. 5/2/2009)

CESAR FRANCKChoral No. 2 in bJOHANNES BRAHMS: 2 Chorale-preludes, fr Op. 122 (No. 8, Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen; No. 4, Herzlich tut mich erfreuen). MARCEL LANQUETUITToccataGillian Weir (r. 4/12/2008)


The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ (Dobson Opus 76, IV/88 stops), the largest mechanical-action concert hall organ in the United States, was inaugurated with more than a week of special concerts in May 2006.  Since then it has been featured in a regular annual series of performances involving solo and ensemble repertoire, and choral, dance and film accompaniment.  These recordings were made available to PIPEDREAMS by Weston Sound and Video and public radio station WRTI-FM, Philadelphia.


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