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Annotated Compline - Roger Sherman - Peter Hallock Six - King's Singers Marches - Douglas Major
Annotated Compline
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Six/King's Singers
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Marches/Douglas Major
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This edition of the Organ Loft radio program with host Roger Sherman was first aired in January, 1995. It includes excerpts from The Compline Choir's CD, "Feathers of Green Gold" (CD 7003) with an annotated version of the Compline service, and an interview with Peter Hallock about the history of the Compline service at St. Mark's.  Since its founding in 1954, the all-male Compline Choir has sung the medieval Office of Compline in a dark Cathedral on Sunday nights. The success of this service and its appeal to young people has sparked a worldwide revival of interest in Compline.
The King's Singers
This is one of the most unusual CDs to come across our desk in a long time. It has only six pieces, and the total length is only 20 minutes. We think the Billy Joel lullaby is worth the price of admission, but for others it might be "Blackbird." Highly recommended.
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...
Fanfare - Gerre Hancock Organ music of Pinkham and Liszt - Lippincott Fisk organ of King's Chapel - Turley
Fanfare/G. Hancock
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King's Chapel/Turley
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A master of improvisation in Anglican style, Gerre Hancock, plays the great organ of St Thomas Church in NYC. Also includes works by Bach, de Grigny, and Reger. An unusual program featuring the rarely recorded organ music of Daniel Pinkham. The Fisk organ at House of Hope is a landmark instrument in American organ building. King's Chapel was founded in 1686 as an Anglican church, but became independent in the 1780's, becoming the first Unitarian Church in North America.The chapel retains its Anglican heritage in worship and music. Daniel Pinkham was its Music Director for 42 years, which includes the time when a revolutionary new Fisk organ was installed in 1964.; Barry Turley plays a varied program which includes music by Bach, Reger, Widor, Pinkham and early American composer, William Selby.
Four Masterworks - Frederick Swann Mozart Organ works -  Joan Lippincott John Weaver Performs
Four Masterworks/Swann
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John Weaver Performs....
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Frederick Swann is one of the best-known, and best-loved organists in America. He has been organist of The Riverside Church in New York City and The Crystal Cathedral in California, as well as President of the American Guild of Organists.  In this recording he demonstrates the huge Crystal Cathedral organ with four landmark works by Mendelssoh, Bach, Franck and Wright. The Fisk organ of Old West Church in Boston is an ideal match for the lyrical sounds of Mozart. Certain stops from older organs were incorporated into the instrument giving it an antique sound that is unique in Fisk's works.Joan Lippincott plays some of Mozart's best known works, and a few that rarely heard on organ. Includes notes of Mozart and the organ. John Weaver, one of the America’s finest concert organists, was Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City from 1970-2005. He was Head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia from 1972 to 2003, and also Chair of the Organ Department at The Juilliard School from 1987 to 2004. Here he plays a varied program, including some rarely heard works by Leighton and Bingham. His program concludes with his own Fantasia for Organ.
Requiem - Howells and Fauré Masters In This Hall - Washington Men's Camerata Silence and Music - All Saints Beverly Hills - Thomas Foster
One of America's great cathedral men and boys choirs sings two great Requiems, one French, one English.  Recorded at Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis with orchestra. One of the leading men's choruses in the US, the Washington Men's Camerata is joined by celebrated soprano, Rosa Lamoreaux, organist Donald Sutherland and pianist Edward Newman in this program of Christmas carols and anthems. World Premier Recordings! Under the direction of Thomas Foster, this choir has gained a national reputation for a deeply intense and meaningful singing style. Specializing in contemporary Anglican music, this choir soars on long notes and can sustain the listener's attention, especially at slow tempos. The choir is complemented by their extraordinary organ-composer, Craig Phillips, whose "Hodie, Christus natus est" is included here. This is their debut recording on Gothic.
Michael Farris at Southern Methodist University SMU A Song To David - William Albright With Heart and Voice - Trinity Church Boston
Michael Farris at SMU
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Albright: A Song To David
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Completed just after the large organ at the Meyerson Symphony Center (home of the Dallas Symphony), the Fisk at SMU shares many of the same characteristics that have made Fisk the leading builder of concert hall organs.  The organist is Michael Farris, whowas on the organ faculty of the Eastman School of Music when he died tragically in his early 40's. Farris won three national performance competitions including the MTNA Collegiate Artists Competition in 1976, the Ft. Wayne Competition in 1985, and the National Young Artist Competition of the American Guild of Organists in 1986 and was one of the brightest "organ" stars of his generation. American composer William Albright is known especially known for his works for organ and keyboard, although he has written for many instruments. His music has been performed by many major symphony orchestras. In this work, he sets the poetry of Christopher Smart, whose poetry also served as the libretto for Britten's "Rejoice in the Lamb." Composed in 1983, "A Song to David" receives its first recording here. Historic Trinity Church on Copley Square in Boston is the setting for this program of choral music.  A generous amount of music from the Anglican tradition included, but what makes this recording distinctive is the inclusion of music from other traditions, including the spiritual There is a Balm in Gilead, the F. Melius Christiansen arrangement of Beautiful Saviour, and the only recording of the Victorian classic, "The Holy City" that we are aware of.
Lippincott  - Philadelphia Brass 20th-century Organ Music Two - Ray and Elizabeth Chenault Hymns through Ages - All Saints Beverly Hills- Thomas Foster
The virtuoso brass ensemble, Philadelphia Brass join organist Joan Lippincott at the large Mander organ of Princeton University Chapel in this grand recording, animated by a large acoustical space. World Premiere Recordings! Organ duo Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault perform a recital of world premiers, many of which they commissioned. At their disposal is the large E. M. Skinner organ of the National Cathedral, later enlarged by Aeolian-Skinner. Ends with a rousing rendition of Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever. World Premier Recordings! On their second recording for Gothic, the choir of All Saints Beverly Hills provides a superb sampling of the current state of contemporary Anglican hymnody. Included here are numerous familiar tunes with descants old and new, and a few first recordings as well Among the latter is a tune by Thomas Foster honoring organ builder, C. B. Fisk. The choir is beautifully accompanied by Craig Phillips on an organ refined by Manuel Rosales.
Westminster Choir at Spoleto Mary Preston Plays Duruflé and Widor Organ Music of Franz Liszt - Donald Sutherland
In this CD, The Westminster Choir demonstrates the kind of singing that puts them in the top ranks college choirs in the United States. A wide range of repertoire is presented, from Brahms and Fauré to Spirituals and Danny Boy. The resident organist of the Dallas Symphony demonstrates her intimate knowledge of the Fisk company's Opus 100, one of the most important organs built in the 20th century. With a wide variety of French sounding resources at her disposal, Preston plays three large suites written for the French symphonic organ. The 1994 Lively-Fulcher organ includes significant amounts of pipework from the church's original 1895 Carl Barckhoff. Two 16-foot choruses on the manuals, plus a solo division with Bombarde's and cornet, and a full pedal with two 32-foot stops provide the gravitas required by Liszt's organ works.
Head of the organ faculty at Peabody, Donald Sutherland is a Liszt expert, and renders this repertoire with drama and excitement. The addition of Lizst's "Cujus animan" (a transcription Rossini's Stabat mater for trombone and organ is a delicious bonus.Generous acousticsput it all together in this superb recording.
The Riverside Years - Frederick Swann Christmas at Spivey Hall - Ray and Elizabeth Chenault Masterpieces at St Mary Virgin NYC - Kyler Brown
The Riverside Years/Swann
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Frederick Swann was Director of Music and Organist of the Riverside Church in New York for 25 years, prior to assuming a similar position at the Crystal Cathedral in California. This CD is a re-mastering of two recordings he made at Riverside in 1978 and 1979. The church is monumental in size, with a seating capacity of 2500. For this gargantuan sized room, there are two appropriately sized Aeolian-Skinner organs, which together total 203 ranks and more than 11,000 pipes. The Chenaults are known for commissioning imaginative arrangements of music for two organists.  Here they reprise popular Christmas favorites on the Albert Schweitzer Memorial Pipe Organ (built by Ruffatti) in Spivey Hall near Atlanta. Includes "Sleigh Ride", "Greensleeves", Carol of the Drum, Gesu Bambino, White Christmas and many others. The former Music Director of St Mary the Virgin plays a brilliant recital on the church's 1933 Aeolian-Skinner organ - one of the first instruments that could be described as an "American Classic" design. The organ was revised, with substantial changes in the number of divisions, by G. Donald Harrison in 1942. The highly reverberant acoustics of St Mary's enhance the organ's tonal pallet, which bears strong French Romantic influences.
Over the Sea to Skye - Washington Men's Camerata Frederick Swann in Hawaii Toccatas and Fugues by Bach - Joan Lippincott
One of America's greatest men's choirs teams up with the legendary John Shirley-Quirk in this delightful survey of folksongs from around the world. St. Andrew's Cathedral in Honolulu was the idea of King Kamehameha IV, and was completed in 1867.Today, it houseslargest organ in the Pacific. Built in 1961 the Aeolian-Skinner organ (4/73) was enlarged in 1995/96 with 54 digital ranks, bringing the total to 133. America's favorite concert organist, Frederick Swann plays a varied recital which begins with the theme from "Masterpiece Theatre." The large Flentrop organ of Duke University Chapel is the venue for the latest in Lippincott's Bach organwork series. Those works entitled "Toccata" are among Bach's most famous and best loved works. Notes by Bach scholar George Stauffer, and a description with complete stoplist of the Flentrop organ are included in the booklet.
Mary Preston at the Meyerson Silent Night Washington - National Cathedral Choirs German Romantic Organ Music - Robert Parkins - Duke Chapel
In her second recording as resident organist at the Meyerson, Mary Preston presents a Germanic program which provides a wide variety of sounds and textures. The landmark Fisk organ at the Meyerson is in an adjustable acoustic which can be optimized for solo organ concerts and recordings, giving the organ sound elegance and lyrical flexibility. 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. University organist Robert Parkins plays both large organs of Duke University Chapel. The Flentrop tracker organ in the rear gallery is ideal for the early Romantic elegance of Mendelssohn, and the lyracism of Rheinberger, which the Aeolian organ in the chancel provides the gravitas necessary for Liszt. An imaginative program that combines two large organs of contrasting style.
Easter - All Saints Beverly Hills - Thomas Foster Bach - Leipzig Chorales - Joan Lippincott Frederick Swann in Hawaii
In their second Gothic release, Tom Foster and the choir of All Saints' present a program of Easter music, including a significant number of first recordings. Supplemented by an eleven member brass ensemble and the organ playing of Craig Phillips, this CD shows why this choir is among the most highly regarded in Episcopal churches.

Includes "Jesus Christ is risen today", "Now the Green Blade Riseth", and Britten's Festival Te Deum.
When Bach died in 1750, he left behind an incomplete manuscript that was perhaps being prepared for future publication.The intent of the collection, or the organizational scheme are difficult to discern, but Bach may have been planning something on the same scale as Clavierübung III (the "German Organ Mass"). Whatever the intent, these enlargements and revisions of earlier chorale preludes contain some of Bach's most sublime musical moments. 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.
Two Organs by Reuter - Frederick Swann Masterworks by Bach - Douglas Major - Washington National Cathedral Honegger's King David - St John's Cathedral - Denver
Masterworks by Bach/Major
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Frederick Swann demonstrates the tonal variety of two organs completed by Reuter in 1997. The first is the organ of First German United Methodist Church in Glendale, California (two manuals 20 ranks), and the second, is at St. Mel Roman Catholic Church of Woodland Hills, California (3 manuals, 58 stops). Large-scale Bach works are featured here on a large organ in one of the largest churches in the hemisphere. Grand! Rarely performed, and rarely recorded, this oratorio uses Honneger's original (and unusual!) orchestration. Scored for 'cello, bass, two flutes, oboe/English horn, clarinets, basson, horn, trumpets, trombone, percusion, piano and harmonium, the work was an instant success when it debuted in 1921. Sung in English, with full texts provided in the booklet.
Evensong for Epiphany - Grace Cathedral - Fenstermaker Maurice and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé play at the National Shrine French Masterpieces - Douglas Major - Washington National Cathedral
French Masterpieces
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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. Recorded in 1967, this historic recital is the premiere recording of the Basilica's two large organs, built by the Möller.The recording is full of important moments: the transcription of a Handel organ concerto played as a duet on the two instruments, Maurice Duruflé's transcription of Tournemire'simprovisation on Victimae Pascali, played by Mme. Duruflé. The concert concludes with Maurice Duruflé's Prelude and Fugue on the name of Alain (again, played by Mme. Duruflé). Those looking to find an example of authentic French organ playing need look no further. 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.
Christmas Improvisations - Gerre Hancock Judith Hancock - St. Thomas Church NYC Hymns Through Centuries volume 1 - Cathedral Choral Society - J. Reilly Lewis
Gerre Hancock was simply one of the most extraordinary improvisers in the organ world  .Although his musical studies have been with Nadia Boulanger, Jean Langlais, Searle Wright, and Marie-Claire Alain, his own style is unique. In this recording he shows off the two distinguished organs of St. Thomas Church in New York City, using musical themes from Christmas carols and plainsong melodies. Judith Hancock has earned an enviable reputation as a performer of Romantic music. In this recording she contrasts the Antiphons of Dupré, first improvised at a vespers service in 1919 at Notre Dame, with the supremely challenging music of Czech composer, Petr Eben. 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.
Bach-  Trio Sonatas - Joan Lippincott David Higgs at Riverside Organs of First Congregational Church - Frederick Swann
David Higgs at Riverside
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Not all great organ music is big and bombastic—as these sonatas prove!  Requiring flawless technique on the part of the player, these three-movement chamber works are delightful pieces on the surface; deeper analysis reveals marvelously constructed compositions that could only spring from the mind of J.S. Bach. Lippincott plays the perfectly-suited Taylor and Boody organ at St Thomas Church, NY.  Extensive notes by Bach scholar, George Stauffer. David's Higgs is Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music, and widely admired for both his extraordinary technique, but his ability to communicate to audiences. This unusual program at The Riverside Church includes rarely played works by jazz pianist, George Shearing, David Conte, Alainand William Bolcom, but is anchored by barn-burning favorites by Mendelssohn, and Franck, concluding with a thrilling performance of the Duruflé Suite. 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 The Rosales Organ - Trinity Cathedral, Portland, OR - Douglas Cleveland Dubois - Seven Last Words of Christ - First Methodist Church, Lubbock, TX - Gordon McMillan - Frederick Swann
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! Young star Douglas Cleveland plays the remarkable Rosales organ of Trinity Cathedral in an all-French program which includes the rarely played (and wickedly difficult) Esquisses ("Etudes") of Dupré. Also included are Franck's beautiful and tuneful Prière ("Prayer") and Vierne's brilliant Second Symphony. A timeless, Romantic setting of the agony of Christ's Passion, this CD is consistently a Gothic Catalog best seller.  Sung in English, and beautifully accompanied on organ by Frederick Swann. Also included are Mendelssohn's classic "Hear My Prayer" and Dubois' Grand Chorus for organ.
Cesar Franck Organ Music - Frank Speller New Vintage - Music for Trumpet & Organ - Clarion Sing We Noel - Washington Men's Camerata
Frank Speller plays Franck on the large Visser-Rowland tracker organ at UT-Austin. Included are the Three Chorales, published posthumously and among Franck's greatest achievments. The Grande Pièce Symphonique is the first large organ suite titled as a Symphony—setting the pattern for later works in this genre by Widor and Vierne. Finally, Speller concludes with his own arrangment of Franck's most popular vocal work. A recording of newly-commissioned works for organ and trumpet by Clarion!  Extensive notes on the music and the composers.  Melody Turnquist Steed is currently organist at Westwood United Methodist Church in Westwood, CA, and has been the recipient of many awards, including the Virgil Fox Award in Organ Performance from USC, an award given only twice since its inception. Keith Benjamin is widely sought as a trumpeter and has commissioned and premiered works by many contemporary composers.  "New Vintage" is new music for a well-established pair of instruments. SING WE NOEL: Christmas with the Washington Men's Camerata
Melodious Accord - Master Chorale of Washington - Alice Parker Bach - Sinfonia - Organ Concertos - Joan Lippincott L'Organiste Parisien - Joseph Adam
L'Organiste Parisien/Adam
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This recording documents an extraordinary concert, intended to capture the spirit of shape note conventions, which are still held today in many parts of the country. Invited choirs joined the Master Chorale to perform Wesley, Idumea and Sweet Prospect, surrounding the audience at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Alice Parker was Special Guest Conductor, joining Music Director Donald McCullough.
Shape-note singing is a distinctively American tradition that is enjoying a revival. Born from the desire to invigorate congregational singing, the shape-note tradition created its own musical notation, a robust singing style and a substantial collection of hymnody.
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. In his first recording on the new Rosales organ of St James, Cathedral Organist Joseph Adam explores the soundscape of Parisian organists from the mid 19th century to the present. Of special interest is the recording "The Last Judgement" of Naji Hakim's, successor to Messiaen's position at la Trinité in Paris.  The Rosales organ is cast in French Symphonic style and is greatly enhanced by St James' reverberant acoustics.
Bach - Preludes and Fugues - Joan Lippincott Hymns Through Centuries volume 2 - Cathedral Choral Society - J. Reilly Lewis Mary Preston In Concert
Mary Preston, In Concert!
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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 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. One of America's leading organists plays in concert on one of America's largest and most important organs -- the landmark Opus 100 of the C.B. Fisk organ company. Called upon repeatedly to perform at the national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, Mary Preston has flawless technique and an elegant style to communicates to the listener. The encore also reveals that she has a sense of humor...
Chosen Tunes - Susan Jane Matthews Craig Phillips - A Festival Song - All Saints Beverly Hills - Thomas Foster Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers
Chosen Tunes/Matthews
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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. World Premier Recordings!  In addition to his work as a composer of religious music, Craig Phillips has composed a substantial number of works for organ as well as several chamber pieces scored for solo instruments with organ accompaniment. This recording includes works for a cappella chorus and accompanied chorus, as well as works for organ plus other instruments. The acclaimed Dale Warland Singers sing a beautiful Christmas program featuring imaginative arrangements of carols from around the world. The sound is incomparable. One of our best selling CDs EVER.
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