Although most pieces in Bach's Orgelbuchlein are short-form works they are anything but unsophisticated. Packed with imaginative approaches to setting chorale melodies, this set of virtuosic gems is worthy of repeated hearings.
The two canticles for Anglican Evensong, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, are presented here in diverse settings by American composers including Craig Phillips, Roland Martin, Leo Sowerby, Gerald Near, Howard Helvey and Harold Friedell. Also included are first recordings of Craig Phillips’ Jubilate Deo and Larry King’s A Canticle of Praise. Performed by the choirs of the Cathedral of St. Philip (Atlanta) with brass and percussion from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Dale Adelmann directs; David Fishburn and Patrick Scott are the organists.
The former principal organist of Grace Cathedral, Susan Jane Matthews presents her second recording on the landmark Aeolian-Skinner organ of Grace Cathedral. Recorded with DXD technology, Susan Jane Matthews reveals the extraordinary tonal resources of this historic instrument, set in an acoustic with power bass and long reverberation.