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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[2007 Klais organ in the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China]
2007 Klais organ in the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China

Getting Oriented

…the ‘king of instruments’ in western culture has earned a place of honor in eastern venues, too, particularly in Japan and, most recently, China!

Audio 0838 Complete Show 1 hr 28 min

Audio 0838 Part 1 30:20
Audio 0838 Part 2 25:22
Audio 0838 Part 3 32:18

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Music played in the program

Part 1

FRANZ LISZT: Fantasy on Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, ZagenLaszlo Fassang (1997 Kern/Kitara Concert Hall, Sapporo, Japan) Sapporo Concert Hall recording from March 12–14, 2001

J.S. BACH: Fuga sopra il Magnificat, S. 733. SCOTT JOPLIN: The EntertainerCarol Williams (2000 Austin/Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China) Melcot Music CD-015

Part 2

CUTHBERT HARRIS: Caprice in D-flat –Friedemann Winklhofer. FELIX MENDELSSOHN: War March of the Priests, from AthaliaWayne Marshall, YE XIAOGANG: Overture, premiere –Shanghai Philharmonic, Chen Zuohuang, conductor; Shen Fanxiu (2007 Klais/National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China) Pipedreams Archive recorded March 4–7, 2008

Part 3

WILLIAM WALTON: Popular Song. FRANCIS POULENC: Concerto in g for Organ, Strings and Timpani. MARCEL DUPRÉ: Placare Christe servulis, Opus 38, number 16 –Tokyo Philharmonic, Myung-Whun Chung, conductor; James O’Donnell (2004 Karl Schuke/Harmony Hall, Fukui, Japan) Pipedreams Archive recorded May 9, 2004

Filler –YE XIAOGANG Overture (see above)


We are grateful to the organizers of Beijing’s Organ Week 2008 for providing special concert selections for our use from this past spring’s inaugural organ event.


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