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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

From Methuen Memorial Music Hall

Recordings and recital performances on one of America’s most famous historic concert organs.

Recitalists include Anne and Todd Wilson, recorded in concert on July 9, 1986, Michael Murray on Telarc S-5036 and CD-80049, and Barbara Bruns on AFKA S-4694.

Program Broadcast dates:

Featured Organ:

This instrument, built in 1862 by the E.F. Walcker Company of Germany originally for the Boston Music Hall, was later moved to Methuen and installed in the splendid custom-designed home it has enjoyed for nine decades. As reconstituted by Aeolian-Skinner in 1949 and with more recent additions by Andover, this organ remains a feast for eye and ear. For information about ongoing recitals and available recordings visit Methuen Memorial Music Hall.

Music played in the program

J.S. BACH: Fantasy in g, S. 542

MARCEL DUPRÉ: Final, Opus 27, number 7 ANTONIO VIVALDI (arranged by J.S. BACH): Concerto in a, S. 593

MAURICE DURUFLÉ: 2 Pieces: Prelude on the Ephipany Introit; Fugue on the Theme of the Soissons Cathedral Chime

LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN: Hallelujah, from Christ on the Mount of Olives, Opus 85 –The Boston Cecilia Chorus, Donald Teeters, conductor

HEALEY WILLAN: Prelude & Fugue in c

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Scherzo, from Organ Symphony Number 4

MARCEL DUPRÉ: Ballade for Piano and Organ, Opus 30 –Anne Wilson, piano

LOUIS VIERNE: Prelude, from 24 Pieces in Free Style

LOUIS VIERNE: Final, from Organ Symphony Number 1

Anne Wilson’s performance of the Willan Prelude & Fugue is part of our Pipedreams PD 1001 compact disc, Pipedreams PD 1001.


This program was originally issued as #8728 in July 1987.

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