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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[2004 Glatter-Götz/Rosales</a> at Walt Disney Concert Hall][decorative stamp]
2004 Glatter-Götz/Rosales at Walt Disney Concert Hall

[Walt Disney Hall][decorative stamp]
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Happy Birthday, Hurricane Mama!

…eight superb soloists celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iconic Glatter-Götz/Rosales pipe organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Audio 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 59:00 Min

Audio 59:00 Min

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKYMarche Characteristique, fr Nutcracker BalletWayne Foster & Namhee Hann

PADRE ANTONIO SOLER (ed. Biggs):  Fanfare in DWayne Foster (Sable Arms Production 2012)

J. S. BACH (trans. Reger):  Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in d, BWV 903Ken Cowan

SEARLE WRIGHT:  Lyric Rhapsody.  ROBERT HEBBLEHeraldingsFrederick Swann 

DESTO d’ANTALFFY-ZSIROSSSportive FaunsCLARENCE MADERAfternoon of a ToadCherry Rhodes

Filler – BACH BWV 903 (see above)

Hour 2

BACHPrelude in a, BWV 543Christoph Bull (Bull Run Music 00706)

TCHAIKOVSKYScherzo, fr Symphony No. 4 in f, Op. 36Josh Perschbacher, via MIDI (Intent Records 2013)

MAURICE RAVEL (trans. Hielscher):  BoleroChelsea Chen and Christoph Bull

CAROL WILLIAMS:  Three Pieces (Venus Toccata; Walk on the Wild Side; Freedom) –Carol Williams

AARON DAVID MILLER:  Improvisation on Selected Themes –Aaron David Miller

CAMERON CARPENTERA California Birthday Salute!Cameron Carpenter

Filler – MADER (see above)

These performances were recorded on Sunday, November 23, 2014, and the sold-out event generated good coverage from reviewer Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times and a commentary from Alex Ross in The New Yorker, too.

A collaborative project, built by the German firm headed by Caspar von Glatter-Götz with specification and tonal design by Los Angeles-based voicer Manuel Rosales, the Walt Disney Concert Hall pipe organ (IV+P/102s) has provoked comment from the moment of its unveiling.  Terry Riley nicknamed the organ Hurricane Mama, but the architect for the Hall and designer of the organ’s visual aspect, Frank Gehry, is claimed to have dubbed his conception ‘French Fries’!  Who could argue with either!

Since seeing…and hearing…is believing, we recommend a new video documentary about Hurricane Mama, recently released.  Also, Jennifer A. Zobelein has written a book…A Forest of Pipes: the Story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ…that documents the creation and installation of this remarkable instrument.

You can hear the inaugural public concert played on the Disney Hall organ by Frederick Swann ten years ago, and a pair of concertos from a preview performance presented by the American Guild of Organists a few months before the official unveiling.



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