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Bach - Sinfonia - Organ Concertos - Joan Lippincott Bach - Preludes and Fugues - Joan Lippincott
Concert performances by David Dahl on the Fritts organ of Pacific Lutheran University! Honored as Distinguished Alumnus by PLU and awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Organ Historical Society, Dahl has been an influential organist, teacher and advocate for the organ. Includes Guilmant's Symphony (with the PLU Orchestra)! Bach concertos for organ and orchestra?  Joan Lippincott makes a compelling and logical case for constructing organ concertos from the "organ sinfonias" of Bach's cantatas.  Booklet includes essay on these organ solo+orchestra pieces by noted Bach scholar, George Stauffer. Of the many musical forms that J.S. Bach cultivated during his lifetime, none has enjoyed more lasting influence than the prelude and fugue. In this recording, Joan Lippincott provides us with a beautifully rounded survey of Bach's mature preludes and fugues, from the Pièce d'Orgue, BWV 572, one of his boldest independent preludes, to the Prelude and Fugue in E Minor ("Wedge"), BWV 548, one of his most ambitious compostions for the organ. To round out the recording, Lippincott also includes the Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch, a very late work, written at the same time Musical Offering
Preludes Postludes beginning 9-11-2001 - Susan Ferré In Dialogue, v.1 - Robert Bates - David Yearsley Scandinavian Christmas - Choral Arts - Richard Sparks
Presented here are some of the organ works which were played by Susan Ferré during services at Pacific Lutheran University, from the first day of classes on September 11, through the year for more than 130 services, to the triumphant sending forth of Pentecost Sunday and Commencement Worship on May 26th, 2002. Equipped with one of the finest organs in the world, Lagerquist Hall provided the means for a wide range of musical expression during this unusual musical, and liturgical year. Two extraordinary organists playing two extraordinary organs in dialogue might seem an over-abundance of riches. Yet it is possible that the great organists of earlier times enjoyed responding to each other across vast spaces. This new recording, which includes compositions by six masters of the North German School, recreates this sound and ambience using two mean-tone organs in Stanford's Memorial Church. The rich musical heritage of Scandinavia is represented by one of the finest choirs in the country. David Dahl also plays seven organ works on the new Fritts organ at PLU in Tacoma. 24-bit recording.
Bach: One of a Kind - William Porter Bach Encounters Buxtehude - Kimberly Marshall Bach: Leipzig Chorales - Christa Rakich
Bach: Leipzig Chorales/Rakich (2 CDs!)
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This is the first nationally released CD recorded on the new Paul Fritts organ at PLU. Fritts' magnum opus, this spectacular organ has 54 stops/ 80 ranks on three manuals. The pedal division includes a full length 32' Posaune as well as a 32' Subbass. The combination of one of the finest organ builders and organists in the United States, 24-bit recording technology, and Lagerquist Hall's four-second reverberation time, make this CD a must-have! Our number one selling Bach organ CD. In the autumn of 1705, Johann Sebastian Bach traveled to Lübeck to learn what he could from the famous organist, Buxtehude. Accounts suggest that his organ playing changed dramatically. On this CD you can explore the often intangible links between these two composers, bringing together some of their most popular works for the organ. A two-disc program of Bach's famous "Great Eighteen," performed by acclaimed organist Christa Rakich on two very different organs -- the Fisk organ of Old West Church in Boston, and the Fritts organ at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. The booklet contains program notes by the artist as well as full organ specifications and registrations.
Recital at Ascension - Harald Vogel In Recital at Lagerquist Hall - Robert Bates Thomsen Chapel Organ Recitals - J. Melvin Butler - Roger Sherman
This CD documents the second recital given on the new Fritts organ at Church of the Ascension (Episcopal) in Seattle. German organ virtuoso Harald Vogel takes us on a tour of this new instrument built in 18th century Dutch and German traditions. Included in the program is Cantica Rustica Americana, presumably "discovered" by Herr Vogel and played for the first time in this recital. This theme and variations are based on a 17th-century American folksong that everyone will recognize. Robert Bates' recital took place on July 4 during the AGO 2000 Convention on the monumental organ built by Paul Fritts and Company for Lagerquist Hall at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Works from the German Baroque and the late 20th century are featured, including works by Buxtehude, Scheidt, Bach, Pärt, and Bates' own compositions.  
This recording documents the inaugural recitals given on the new Paul Fritts organ of Thomsen Chapel at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle in 2003. Based on north European practices of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, this beautiful organ has singing principals, piquant reeds, and luscious flutes. In addition there are a set of strings which give this organ a wide range of sonic possibilities not usually expected in a small, Baroque-style instrument. The program contains repertoire well-suited to a chapel organ, and includes the first recording of Toon Hagen's partita on 'Vater Unser im Himmelreich.' Features St. Mark's Cathedral organist and choirmaster J. Melvin Butler and associate organist Roger Sherman.
Cleveland in Columbus - Douglas Cleveland J.S. Bach: Weimar Preludes and Fugues/Lippincott Schlick: The First Printed Organ Music
Cleveland in Columbus
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The first recording of the Fritts organ at St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio! Dedicated in December, 2006, this organ took more than two years to construct, consists of about 5,000 pipes, and ranks as one of the largest mechanicalaction organs in the United States. Gothic artist Douglas Cleveland, director of music at Plymouth Congregational in Seattle, “pulls out all the stops” in the organ’s vast tonal palette. The CD starts with a Battalia for the horizontal trumpet stop (located inside the pedal towers). Bach's prelude and fugue compositions reached an extraordinary peak of sophistication and virtuosity during his tenure as court organist in Weimar (1708-1717). Joan Lippincott plays the Paul Fritts organ in a highly reverberant room that is not unlike the court chapel in Weimar. 2012 marks 500 years since the first printed organ music was published by Arnolt Schlick. Kimberly Marshall brings these early works to life, along with other music of Schlick's time, on the exceptional Paul Fritts organ at Arizona State University.
Bach - Clavierubung III - Schubler Chorales - Joan Lippincott J.S. Bach: Trio Sonatas/Rakich (2 CDs!)
Joan Lippincott continues her Bach series with two of the most substantial collections published during Bach's lifetime. The Clavierübung III follows Book I (Italian Concerto) and Book II (Goldberg Variations) and precedes Book IV (Art of Fugue), and altogether represents Bach’s highest achievements in the art of writing for the keyboard. Clavierubung III, sometimes called “The Organ Mass” begins with settings of the Kyrie and Gloria, but is structured after the German Lutheran catechism. Included in this recording are both the large chorales, the alternative chorales for manuals only and the four duetti. Bach’s collection of cantata movement transcriptions for organ published by Schübler in 1742 includes the famous “Wachet Auf!”, and rounds out this two-CD collection. Program notes by noted Bach scholar, George Stauffer. Scored for organ (or pedal clavichord), the Bach trio sonatas can be played on a variety of instruments, as Christa Rakich demonstrates in this imaginative program. Six different organs, six different organ builders, and an assortment of period chamber music instruments are used on this double-CD set!
   
 
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