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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

A Voice From The Past

The mammoth 10,000-pipe former Minneapolis Auditorium Kimball organ, still awaiting restoration and relocation in the city’s new Convention Center, provides some music from its Farewell for Now concert with the Minnesota Orchestra and recordings taped just days before it was dismantled for storage back in 1987.

Performers include Edward Berryman, Tom Hazleton, Robert Vickery and Hector Olivera with conductor Jahja Ling. Unfortunately, restoration plans for this unique instrument have fallen into limbo. We hope it won’t be too long before there’s good news to report. Meanwhile, enjoy these remarkable archive artifacts. In particular, Olivera’s performance of the Jongen is an audio tour de force.

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Music played in the program

HENRI DALLIER: Toccata, Electa ut sol

RICHARD RODGERS: Carousel Medley

BRUCE SIMONDS: Dorian Prelude on Dies Irae

MAURICE RAVEL: Pavane for a Dead Princess

JOSEPH JONGEN: Symphonie Concertante for Organ and Orchestra


This program was originally issued as #9313 in March 1993.

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