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Liszt-Reubke-Stehle Fuller Liszt-Reubke-Stehle/Fuller (2 CDs!)

The three monumental works recorded here (Liszt's Ad Nos, Reubke's Psalm 94 and Stehle's Saul) represent three “generations” of a musical species that evolved with nineteenth-century romanticism and died out without ever acquiring a distinctive name. It was nourished above all by a new preoccupation with the expressive and pregnant “theme”–anything from a motif to a whole tune–as the essential constructive element of a piece of music. Along with this went an obsession with unity, specifically, a fascination with the idea that a large composition could be unified and its parts linked together by the periodic return or the constant presence of such a theme, either unchanged or modified, fragmented, and “developed” in the manner of a Beethoven symphony, or “transformed” into something quite different in character but still recognizable.   Extensive notes on the music and the organ. A second, narrated version of the Stehle is provided without additional cost.

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Music Sweet and Serious: Organ music of Jacob Praetorius and Heinrich Scheidemann - William Porter Music Sweet and Serious/Porter (2 CDs!)

Two organists, both students of Sweelinck, dominated the organ scene in Hamburg in the early 1600's, but their temperaments and music are a study of contrasts. William Porter plays the landmark North German Organ of Gothenburg Sweden.  Includes demonstration-improvisations of individual stops of the organ. 2-CDs, extensive notes on the music and the organ. Full registrations are included.

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Live from Loretto Chapel - Santa Fe Desert Chorale - Linda Mack Live from Loretto Chapel/Santa Fe Desert Chorale (2 CDs!)

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale offers a brilliant two CD set with selections recorded at the historic Loretto Chapel, during the 2006 Santa Fe Summer Festival. Using two small ensembles, under the baton of artistic director Linda Mack, the chorale offers An American Hallelujah featuring songs of faith, joy and praise. The second disc called Romance is lead by assistant Matthew Tresler and offers a sublime view of the trials and tribulations of love, from Brahms to Lennon and McCartney

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Bach: St John Passion - 1725 version - Yale Schola Cantorum - Carrington Bach: St John Passion - 1725 version/Yale Schola Cantorum - Carrington (2 CDs!)

The rarely performed 1725 version of Bach’s St. John Passion is presented by Yale University’s premier early-music ensembles. Simon Carrington, who initiated his illustrious musical career as cofounder of the King’s Singers, directs this live performance.

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Sweelinck - Jonathan Dimmock Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Master of the Dutch Renaissance/Dimmock (2 CDs!)

Known as the “Orpheus of Amsterdam,” Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck was the greatest single influence on the succeeding generation of north European organists and composers, including H. Scheidemann, J. Praetorius II, M. Schildt, and both Samuel and Gottfried Scheidt.

Jonathan Dimmock brings these influential works to life on three landmark mean-tone organs in Holland and Sweden.

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Messiaen: Livre d'Orgue and Individual works / Andrews (2 CDs!) Messiaen: Livre d'Orgue and Individual works / Andrews (2 CDs!)

Messiaen's Livre d'Orgue (1951) is a technical tour de' force, demonstrating his complete mastery of Viennese serial technique, while also incorporating complex Hindu rhythmic formula and bird songs. In addition there are several popular early works, "The Celestial Banquet" and "Apparition of the Eternal Church," and three recently discovered pieces that have been rarely heard. (Part of The Complete Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen by Colin Andrews, LRCD-1163)

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Britten - War Requiem - Washington Chorus Shafer Britten: War Requiem/Washington Chorus (2 CDs!)

Winner of the Grammy® Award for Best Choral Performance! Recorded live at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The War Requiem was written in 1962 for the consecration of the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral and was first performed there in May 1962. Coventry Cathedral had been destroyed during the Battle of Britain in World War II. The work received immediate critical acclaim and was hailed as a masterpiece. A life-long pacifist, Britten wrote his Requiem as a statement against the horrors of war. In it, he intersperses the traditional Latin Requiem texts with works by Wilfred Owen, a poet who died in battle in World War I.

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Bach - Clavierubung III - Schubler Chorales - Joan Lippincott Bach: Clavierbung III & Schubler Chorales/Lippincott (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.

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Franz Tunder: Organ Works - Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra Franz Tunder Organ Works/Ruiter-Feenstra (2 CDs!)

Organ Works of Franz Tunder North German Baroque organ Örgryte nya kyrka, Göteborg, Sweden Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, organist Franz Tunder was a brilliant composer of North German organ music two generations before Bach. Predecessor and father-in-law to Dieterich Buxtehude at St. Mary's Church in Lübeck, Germany, he presided over the large North German organ in a room of monumental scale. This is the first American recording of the new North German Organ, part of a research project in Göteborg, Sweden, that is changing organ building practices around the world. Detailed description of the organ and complete registrations are included in the booklet text.

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Bach: Leipzig Chorales - Christa Rakich Bach: Leipzig Chorales/Rakich (2 CDs!)

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.

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Berlioz Requiem - Washington Chorus - Shafer Berlioz: Requiem/Washington Chorus (2 CDs!)

The Grammy® award-winning Washington Chorus and Orchestra join forces with the Shenandoah Conservatory Choir in this performance of Berlioz’s Requiem, op.5, recorded live at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In its intensity, massive scale, and lyricism, the Requiem represents the height of French Romanticism, and remains one of the most awe-inspiring works in the history of music.

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Buxtehude and the Mean Tone Organ - Hans Davidsson Buxtehude organ works, v.1: Buxtehude and the Mean-Tone Organ/Davidsson (2 CDs!)

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of Buxtehude’s death in 2007!  Recent research shows that Buxtehude had only mean-tone organs at his disposal during his life. Although there are many good recordings on well-tempered organs (including some antiques), performing these works on mean-tone instruments requires both a radical re-assessment of traditional performance ideas and a large and extraordinary organ. Hans Davidsson is the ideal performer for this task, and he plays the huge “North German Baroque Organ” of Gothenburg, Sweden. The first of three double-CDs of the complete organ works of Buxtehude; Volume One focusses on Buxtehude's best known works.

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Buxtehude organ works: The Bach Perspective - Hans Davidsson Buxtehude organ works, v.2: The Bach Perspective/Davidsson (2 CDs!)

Drawn by reports of the acclaimed organist of the Mariankirche in Lübeck, Dieterich Buxtehude, the 20-year old J. S. Bach traveled almost 300 miles to hear Buxtehude’s music first hand. On the second in our three-volume set of the complete organ works of Buxtehude, Hans Davidsson plays the ground-breaking repertoire that was known to Bach and his circle, and which may have influenced his musical compositions and performance.

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J.S. Bach: Trio Sonatas/Rakich (2 CDs!) Bach: Trio Sonatas/Rakich et al. (2 CDs!)

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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J.S. Bach: Art of Fugue - Joan Lippincott Bach: Art of Fugue/Lippincott (2 CDs!)

Few organists are as well known or as highly praised for their Bach recordings as Joan Lippincott. Performing on the newly-constructed Craighead-Saunders organ (closely modeled after a 1776 instrument by the central German organbuilder, Casparini), Lippincott brings a maturity of vision to Art of Fugue that is based on a lifetime of distinguished interpretations and insights into Bach's organ works.  "Lippincott's wide variety of tempos, colors and moods make this possibly the most enduring Art of Fugue ever recorded...highly recommended!" -- Fanfare magazine

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Carole Terry in Schwerin Carole Terry in Schwerin (2 CDs!)

The 1871 84-rank Ladegast organ in the Schwerin Cathedral is the quintessential instrument for this splendid 2-CD set. The favored organ builder of Liszt and Ruebke, this is the largest Ladegast still in existance -- and it is in original condition. Enhanced by cathedral acoustics, this is perhaps the finest venue in the world for 19th century German organworks.

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Messiaen: Livre du Saint Sacrement / Andrews (2 CDs!) Messiaen: Livre du Saint Sacrement / Andrews (2 CDs!)

"Livre du Saint Sacrement" is a summation of Messiaen's musical and theological persona, a statement of faith and a profound summary of his entire organ "oeuvres". Here he employs the significant compositional techniques of his life's work: modes of limited transposition, Hindu rhythms, Greek rhythms, plainsong, birdsong, "communicable language", and serialism. These elements are used to explore the mysteries of Christian faith, in this, his most massive work for organ.  (Part of The Complete Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen by Colin Andrews, LRCD-1163)

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Hymn to Potatoes/Garrison Keillor with VocalEssence Hymn to Potatoes/Garrison Keillor with VocalEssence (2 CDs!)

Who knew a choir could be this funny?
Garrison Keillor, Philip Brunelle and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers dish up
a generous helping of "Potatoes a la Schubert", run away to Europe to
indulge their “Shenandoah” habit, and enlighten us on the T.U.L.I.P. doctrine.
This two-CD set of the best choral skits and bits from 10 years on  "A Prairie
Home Companion" includes the often-requested “Julia” (John Lennon) and a
rare choral interpretation of “Karma Chamelon” (Boy George). With Charles
Kemper and Richard Dworsky at the piano, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and guest
appearances by Tom Keith and Tim Russell. Now available nationally for the first time—on Clarion Records from The Gothic
Catalog!

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A Sunday in Paris (2 CDs!) A Sunday in Paris (2 CDs!)

Experience how a Parisian would have heard the harmonium on a typical Sunday in the 19th century! At the church, hear the harmonium accompanying the choir during Mass in the morning, followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the afternoon. In the evening, experience the virtuosity of a great musician playing harmonium in a salon concert. This program includes many works heard on recording for the first time with original instrumentation---works by Franck, Saint-Saens, Gounod, Berlioz, Lemmens, Dubois, and Lefebure-Wely.

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Ray Chenault Concert Favorites Ray Chenault - Concert Favorites (2 CDs)

This first solo release by Raymond Chenault, is performed on the Buzard organ of All Saints’ Episcopal Church (Atlanta) and features 19th and 20th century French, Belgian and Dutch organ works.

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Bach: B minor Mass / Suzuki - Bach Collegium Japan (2 CDs) Bach: B minor Mass / Suzuki - Bach Collegium Japan (2 CDs)

Bach's own summary of his craft in vocal composition, the B minor mass is still today considered a towering achievement in the repertoire. Bach Collegium Japan performs with period instruments and a true sense of the essence of Bach's scores. Highly recommended.  This is a two disc, SACD Surround recording, which will also play on all CD players.

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