For this “appetizer” of a highly anticipated series, historic recordings of instruments built by the Æolian-Skinner firm are collected and made available for the first time on compact disc. The “King of Instruments” series, recorded and produced by Æolian-Skinner, features some of the company's most notable instruments played by the organists who were most closely associated with these landmark organs. Recorded between 1953 and 1973, this material is re-mastered by the Vermont Organ Academy, from the original Aeolian-Skinner master tape recordings, which are owned by the Organ Historical Society.
Coke-Jephcott - Toccata on A National Air ("America") Norman Coke-Jephcott, organist. Aeolian-Skinner Opus 150-A, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City
Vivaldi-Bach - Concerto in A Minor (Allegro) George Faxon, organist. Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1207, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston
Bach - Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ ("Schübler" Chorales) Thomas Dunn, organist. Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1134 Symphony Hall, Boston
Davies, arr. Perry - A Solemn Melody Roy Perry, organist. Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1173, First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, TX
Daquin - Noel Grand Jeu et Duo Robert Owen, organist. Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1082-A, Christ Church, Bronxville, NY
Arne - Flute Solo Edgar Hilliar, organist. Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1201, St. Mark's Church, Mt. Kisco, NY
Franck - Fantaisie in A Ruth Barrett Phelps, organist. Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1203, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston
Handel - Suite in G Minor (Allegro, Largo, Allegro) Albert Russell, organist. Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1380, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartfort, CT
Tournemire - Fantaisie-Improvisation sur l'Ave maris stella Marie-Madeleine Duruflé, organist. Aeolian Skinner Opus 1435, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis
Mozart - Fantasy in F Minor, K. 594 John Weaver, organist. Aeolian-Skinner Opus 785-B, Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, New York City
Sowerby - Carillon William Watkins, organist. Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1173, First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, TX
This single CD is sold in a sleeve, not in a usual jewel case.