NEW! Christopher Wells, an Oberlin-trained organist, has devoted his debut CD release to the organ solo music of American composer, Craig Phillips. Mr. Phillips was recently honored with the distinction of being named 2012 Composer of the Year by the American Guild of Organists. This album spans the gamut of Mr. Phillips organ music, ranging from popular works best suited to worship, to virtuoso works suited for the modern-day organ recital.
Manuel Rosales’ organ in Atlanta is played by Brad Hughley, including a new work composed by Timothy Tikker and a rousing La Marseillaise, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.
Harry Lyn Huff plays the 1921 E. M. Skinner Organ, Op. 308, Old South Church, Boston, Massachusetts. The 115-rank organ built in 1921 by E. M. Skinner for the municipal auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota, was relocated 1981-85 to Old South Church, Boston, saving it from destruction, the decision to acquire it having been made very briefly before the auditorium was to be razed. This CD by Harry Lyn Huff of organ works by Carson Cooman is the first CD of the organ in solo organ repertoire.
René Louis Becker, born and educated in Strasbourg, France, as the son of a prominent organist, moved to the USA at age 21 in 1904 and taught music, composed prolifically, and worked as an organist in St. Louis, Illinois, and Michigan for 52 years. This is the first recording of his music and the first recording of the restored 1789 Isnard /1890 Cavaillé-Coll Organ, Pithiviers, France.
Christopher Marks plays organ music by Seth Bingham, Vol. 2, features rarely heard and never-before-heard works by the French-inspired composer of 20th-century New York City. Marks plays the 4-manual Schoenstein organ of 110 ranks at First Plymouth Congregational Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, bringing to reality the symphonic style of these works.
Organist Alan Morrison joins forces with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia to perform 20th century American works, mixed with works of Joseph Jongen and J. S. Bach. Organist and Orchestra perform at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, where Morrison plays the 2006 Dobson organ, Opus 76.
Organist Marilyn Keiser plays the 2007 Casavant Frères organ at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, Indiana. Keiser performs some of the most popular and important organ music of Dan Locklair, whose compositions have been featured at Presidential Inaugurations and funerals, and have garnered him ASCAP awards consistently since 1981.
Hear this world famous organist play the Aeolian-Skinner at Perkins Chapel, Southern Methodist University.
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In Bales Recital Hall at the University of Kansas, David Pickering plays works of Daniel E. Gawthrop on the 1996 organ built by Hellmuth Wolff et Associés of Laval, Quebec.
Herbert Buffington, talented improvisateur; a new organ by the A. E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Atlanta; and carols with brilliant new settings!
James Hammann plays an 1866 Hook
James Hammann, Organist, plays works of the prolific and skillful Dudley Buck on the 1866 E. & G. G. Hook 3m relocated to St. John's Episcopal Church, Quincy, Illinois.
Hook Opus 553 moved to Germany and played by three organists who chose a program of American music to delight a listener of any nationality.
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The music of Henry Morton Dunham, who taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for nearly 50 years, with Wallace Goodrich and Everett Truette among his own students.
Karel Paukert surveys organ works by Ohio Composers
French Éclat in the Roanoke Valley, 2004 Fisk op. 124
Paul Halley explores a seldom-heard combination of keyboards.
Keith Benjamin, trumpet, and Melody Turnquist Steed, organ, as the duo "Clarion", perform new music from American composers. Dr. Steed performs on the 4 manual Gabriel Kney Organ at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, Missouri.
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Pamela Decker plays her own compositions on the 1965 D.A. Flentrop organ (renovated Fritts 1992 & 1995) at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, Washington. This instrument was visited by the Organ Historical Society during the 2008 convention.
Seth Bingham, Vol. 1
Christopher Marks records the first entire CD devoted to the organ works by New Yorker Seth Bingham including such favorites as “Bells of Riverside” and “Rhythmic Trumpet.”
Christopher Marks, Univeristy Organist at Syracuse University, presents his discoveries of lesser-known and new works by American composers and a German one on the famous 1950 Holtkamp 3-73 incorporating much of the pipework of the previous Roosevelt organ at Crouse College Auditorium. The program includes works by David N. Johnson, Nicholas Scherzinger, Joseph Ahrens (1904-1999). Lesser known works of better known composers Bach, Tunder, Dupré, and Sowerby complete the very interesting program. Click the headline for details and to order.
Help for the Gulf Coast New Orleans organist and composer Dr. Lucius R. Weathersby, professor at Dillard University and Amherst College, has teamed with Hey organbuilders of Ostheim, Germany, to make this CD. The producers pledge the majority of income to Katrina relief. The CD features organ works by black composers as played on three organs by Dr. Weathersby. Click the headline for composers and to order.
Harold Stover plays the 1928 E. M. Skinner 4-53, op. 699, at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Luke, Portland, Maine, restored in 2003 by the A. Thompson-Allen Co. Stover, an OHS member, composes concert and liturgical works and film scores, teaches at the Portland Conservatory, conducts a chamber chorus, and is a church organist. Click the headline for works by Sowerby, Stebbins, Alter, Gershwin, and Stover, and to order.
Daniel Pinkham’s organ works composed in the 1990s are played by Andrew Paul Holman on the Fisk 3-51 at King’s Chapel, Boston, where Pinkham has been the music director for many years.
The Atlantan (b. 1951) composes in the Anglican tradition. The Choirs of the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, wonderfully perform. Craig Cansler directs; David Fishburn, organ.
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The Murray/Lohuis Duo presents their fifth volume of works composed for violin and organ. This volume of melodious show-stoppers, ravishing effects, and brilliant encore pieces -- all composed by Americans -- takes one’s breath away! The organs are both in Richmond, Virginia: the 1954 Austin, op. 2218, with tonal revisions by Guzowski & Steppe in 1991 at Reveille United Methodist Church, and the 1951/68 Aeolian-Skinner op. 1110 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Click the headline for titles and to order.
Organ & Wind Instruments Lynn Ziegler plays the 1987 Brombaugh at Iowa State University with a flutist, oboist, and bassoonist.
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Andrew Shenton plays organ works by jazz composer Joe Utterback on the very large Mander organ at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York. Utterback, himself, improvises one track, The Ewe’s Blues. Some of the works are based on English organ voluntaries, others are brief chorale preludes, still others are Gospel jazz, and a few are concert works. Click for repertoire Now in the Sheet Music Department, Joe Utterback's organ works!
Douglas Reed plays the Fisk op. 110 in Yokohama, Japan. Michael Barone narrates "King of Instruments;" the piece is recorded a second time with Japanese narration. Click picture for full list of works
Seven elegant organs built 1812-1843 by Bostonian Thomas Appleton are played by Lois Regestein in five Eastern states (South Carolina to Maine), drawing much praise for her indefatigable effort that has yielded stellar results. The CD booklet includes notes and photos of each organ, notes on the vast array of repertoire, and historical notes by Appleton’s greatest biographer, Barbara Owen. Click ikon for repertoire and list of organs
Organ Works by American Pamela Decker are played by Janice Beck on the 1955 Aeolian-Skinnner 4-114 at Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
The brilliant British organist Wayne Marshall improvises on great American tunes by George Gershwin, Vincent Youmans, Billy Strayhorn, Leonard Bernstein, and Jules Styne. He plays the 84-rank, 4-manual Fisk organ at the Meyerson in Dallas.
Writes the American Record Guide of March-April 2000: ". . . Somerville's playing is incomparable . . . dramatic flair, delicate line, and saucy fun allow these works to come alive and sparkle. I cannot imagine better . . . His choice of instruments is also inspired . . . engineering is superb. This is a 'must have' . . ."
IVES: Variations on "America"; "Adeste Fidelis'
COPLAND: Preamble (For a Solemn Occasion); Episode
FELDMAN: Principal Sound
CAGE: Soe of 'The Harmony of Maine'
Art of the Chorale lets John Ayer, director of the Memphis Boychoir and Chamber Choir, move to the organ bench for a great program of organ works based on chorales.
Peter Sykes transcribes this 20th-century orchestral masterpiece for, and plays it on, the 1933 Skinner organ of 100+ ranks at Girard College, Philadelphia. Writes David Bond in the The American Record Guide, "Sykes has made the impossible possible. This transcription is by far the most satisfying and persuasive I have ever heard."
Robert Plimpton, Walt Strony, David Peckham, Lew Williams, Jonas Nordwall, Ty Woodward, Chris Elliott, and Simon Gledhill showcase the large, outdoor, Spreckels Organ in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Click on the headline for more information and to order.