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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

2000 van den Heuvel organ, the Katarina Church, Stockholm
2000 van den Heuvel organ at the Katarina Church, Stockholm

Going On Record

From sprightly Renaissance dances to grandious symphonies, this week’s show celebrates the many diverse elements which make organ music so remarkable, and a mirror of changes in western culture. Style, emotion, compositional and mechanical ingenuity all play a part in creating music of joy and contemplation, of restraint and exhultation.

Whether in folk-song improvisation or anthem accompaniment, flashy toccata or rhumba-inspired trumpet voluntary, the pipe organ does it all. Listen to newly released compact discs from around the world in this sonic spectacular.

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Music played in the program

J.S. BACH: Orgelbüchlein Chorale-preludes: Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, S. 631; Ach wie nichtig, S. 644; Alle Menschen müssen sterben, S. 643; Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot, S. 635; Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, S. 641; Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, S. 609 –George Ritchie (1998 Fritts/Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA) Raven OAR-580

J.S. BACH: Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, S. 669, from Clavierübung III –Memphis Chamber Choir; John Ayer (1958 Flentrop/Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA) Pro Organo CD 7138

J.S. BACH: Fugue in g, S. 578 –Thomas Murray (1854 E. & G.G. Hook/First Unitarian, Jamaica Plain, MA) AFKA SK-550/51

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Allegro, fragment from Symphony Number 6, Opus 42, #2, plus narrated organ demonstration –Thomas Murray (1863 E. & G.G. Hook/Immaculate Conception RCC, Boston, MA) AFKA SK-550/51

HENRY PURCELL: Trumpet Sonata Number 2 –Timothy Moke, trumpet; Georg Masanz (1993 Hauser/Church of Saints Peter & Paul, Kirchdorf, Switzerland) Moke Recordings CD-2001

FRANZ LEHRNDORFER: Improvisation on a Folksong Im Märzen der BauerFranz Lehrndorfer (1959 Steinmeyer/Hochschule für Musik, Munich, Germany) Kuckuck CD-13208

PHILIP WILBY: Sonnet, from Lincoln Windows –Choir of Lincoln College, Oxford, Tom Lydon; Philip Smith (1994 Walker/Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, England, UK) Guild GMCD 7236

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Allegro, from Organ Symphony Number 6, Opus 42, number 2 –Kristiaan Seynhave (2000 van den Heuvel/Katarina Church, Stockholm, Sweden) Rene Gailly CD-173 ANTONIO GARDANE, publisher: Renaissance Dances –Kimberly Marshall (1519 Piffaro/Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, Italy) Loft LRCD-1046

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Toccata in d –Kimberly Marshall (1992 Fritts/Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ) Loft LRCD-1029

OTTO DIENEL: 3 Chorale-preludes, from Opus 52 #1, Ach bleib mit deiner Gnade; #6, Eins ist Not; #7, Es ist das HeilEdward Zimmerman (1851 Hook; 1988 Andover/Cathedral of St. John, Providence, RI) AFKA SK-552

SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: Valse mignonne, Opus 142 –Harry Wilkinson (1930 E.M. Skinner/Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, PA) Pro Organo CD 7144

PATRICK GOWERS: An Occasional Trumpet Voluntary –Christopher Herrick (2000 Kuhn/Berner Münster, Switzerland) Hyperion CDA67228

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