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Marches - Douglas Major Edward Elgar at Woolsey Hall, Yale University - Thomas Murray Silent Night Washington - National Cathedral Choirs
Marches/Douglas Major
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Douglas Major takes you on a marching tour of the grand Skinner organ of Washington National Cathedral. From Sousa to Bach, here are some of the most famous, and most stirring marches ever written, played on a large organ in a Gothic acoustic... Thomas Murray plays theNewberry Memorial Organ at Yale University in this program of original works and transcriptions by Elgar. The program includes Elgar's monumental Sonata in G, opus 28 from 1895. The organ in Woolsey Hall is superbly suited for this repertoire and there is no better advocate for this music than Thoams Murray! This Christmas recording features the Choir of Men and Boys at the National Cathedral. Traditional anthems, congregational singing and organ solos combine in the Gothic cathedral's acoustical cavern to create a recording of distinctive beauty.
Frederick Swann in Hawaii Masterworks by Bach - Douglas Major - Washington National Cathedral Evensong for Epiphany - Grace Cathedral - Fenstermaker
Masterworks by Bach/Major
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In this second recording made in Hawaii, Frederick Swann is joined by harpist Nyle Hallman, who also is the Organist andAssistant Director of the Choirs at Central Union Church.The 68-rank organ at the church contains pipework from the original 1924 E. M. Skinner and the 1966 Aeolian-Skinner organ. In 1995, Austin Organs reworked the instrument, added ranks and building a new console.
As always, Swann has crafted a program to please, beginning with Bach's great Toccata in D minor.
Large-scale Bach works are featured here on a large organ in one of the largest churches in the hemisphere. Grand! Given the emphasis our culture places on Christmas, it is easy to forget Epiphany on January 6. It is, however, a feast with its own music and character. The superb choir of men and boys perform a complete liturgy of choral Evensong for Epiphany, with prayers, readings, and music.
French Masterpieces - Douglas Major - Washington National Cathedral Hymns Through Centuries volume 1 - Cathedral Choral Society - J. Reilly Lewis Organs of First Congregational Church - Frederick Swann
French Masterpieces
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Franck and Widor established French Romantic organ work.  Franck's Grande pièce symphonique was the first to use the term "symphony"; Widor's fifth symphony is perhaps the most famous work of the genre, and concludes with his ever-popular Toccata.  The works of both composers are well-suited to the grand, Gothic space of the National Cathedral. This is our most popular hymn CD. Great hymns from the broad church tradition sung by a large choir in a monumental space with a large organ.  You will be singing along—guaranteed! Includes "Ye watchers and ye holy ones," "A mighty fortress is our God," "O sacred head," "All glory, laud and honor," "Abide with me," "Rock of Ages" and many other favorites. Frederick Swann plays the world's largest church organ!The first organ was built by E. M. Skinner for the chancel of the church. In 1969 a new and larger instrument was built in the rear gallery by the Schlicker Organ Company, who also constructed an Italian-style continuo organ located above the south choir. All the organs can be played from either or both of the two consoles, one in the chancel, the other in the rear gallery, creating a single instrument of great size, containing divisions of contrasting styles.
A Brass and Organ Christmas - Bay Brass - John Fenstermaker Hymns Through Centuries volume 2 - Cathedral Choral Society - J. Reilly Lewis Chosen Tunes - Susan Jane Matthews
Chosen Tunes/Matthews
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One of the Bay area's leading brass ensembles teams up with John Fenstermaker on the Grace Cathedral organ for a program that fills the Gothic space with sounds of Christmas.  A sonic spectacular! The Washington National Cathedral Choral Society follows their best-selling first volume of great hymns.  Booklet contains notes on the history of each hymn and texts.  Includes "In the bleak midwinter," "Rejoice, ye pure in Heart!," "Come down, O Love divine,":All my hope on God is founded," and "Lord of all hopefulness" among many others. The former principal organist of Grace Cathedral, Susan Jane Matthews presents the first recording of the cathedral's Æolian-Skinner organ in more than ten years. With a program of well-known English, French, and American works, Matthews demonstrates the wide variety of sounds possible from this landmark instrument, set in the acoustics of one of America's most grand, neo-Gothic spaces.
Great Organs First Church volume 2 - David Goode Welcome All Wonders - Cathedral Choral Society - J. Reilly Lewis French Masterworks at St. John Divine - Jonathan Dimmock
The neo-Gothic First Congregational Church of Los Angeles is home to the world’s largest church organ. The instrument known as “The Great Organs of First Church“ is, quite simply, one of the wonders of the musical world. Its size is only one aspect of its uniqueness: one must add its spatial distribution around the building, the variety of its components and the tonal balance of the whole---and one could also add the story of its gradual evolution. The new organist of the church, David Goode, puts this instrument through its paces with a highly varied program ranging from Frescobaldi to Gershwin. Known for their best-selling CD series, "Hymns through the Centuries," the Cathedral Choral Society presents a new program of Christmas works in the spacious acoustics of the Washington National Cathedral. Includes carols with instrumental accompaniment and solo works for carillon, brass, and organ. The definitive recording of the magnificent Aeolian-Skinner at St. John the Divine!  Dimmock shows the genius of tonal design with this instrument and uses the acoustics of the world’s largest gothic cathedral to best advantage. Also includes the only piece which Langlais wrote for St. John the Divine’s organ and its State Trumpet. The piece is dedicated to Mr. Dimmock.
Sound from Heaven/Washington National Cathedral A Centennial Celebration/Washington National Cathedral Douglas Cleveland Plays Rockefeller Chapel
This recording brings together a splendid tapestry of music from the Franco-Belgian tradition, including traditional Gregorian chant, monody from the Notre Dame Conductus which flourished in Paris circa 1200, and the medieval "Messe de Tournai." This music is paired with the excerpts from the Pentecost Mass for organ by Olivier Messiaen, the 20th century Roman Catholic mystic; also Messiaen's choral motet, "O Sacrum Convivium," and music from the Cathedral's 53-bell carillon. Music from Organists and Choirmasters at the Washington National Cathedral from 1907 to 2007. Douglas Cleveland plays in this first recording of the newly renovated1928 E. M. Skinner organ of Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. With the new renovation by Schantz, and a new opening for tonal egress, the organ now speaks more persuasively into the room. This is the instrument that Marcel Dupré used to teach his American students in the 1950s.
Cleveland plays French and English music of the era, plus two new works dedicated to him.
I wonder as I wander
One of Boston's premier choirs, The Copley Singers draw from British and American traditions with both unusual and familiar arrangements of holiday favorites.