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Hymns at Crystal Cathedral - Frederick Swann God Bless the U.S.A. - Andrew Wilson and the Willamette Master Chorus, Paul Klemme, director - Digital Album Annotated Compline - Roger Sherman - Peter Hallock
Hymns On The Crystal Cathedral Organ
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Annotated Compline
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20 hymns for solo organ arranged and performed by Frederick Swann. Each hymn includes a short introduction, a stanza, an improvisatory and/or modulatory interlude, and a final stanza. "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty", "Amazing grace", "Now thank we all our God", "Fairest Lord Jesus", "How great Thou art", "A mighty fortress is our God", "O God, our help in ages past" and many more... Our first SINGLE, this is a remix of track 15 from our album G-49295 ("The Call: A Concert for Veteran's Day"). Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A." has been covered in different styles by many famous artists (including Beyoncé). This spirited performance is by Andrew Wilson, and includes the 55-voice Willamette Master Chorus directed by Paul Klemme. 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 Young Bach - Harald Vogel Salome's Dance - Parkins - Digital Album Music of a Father Son - David Yearsley
The Young Bach/Vogel - Digital Album
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Music of a Father and Son/Yearsley - Digital Album
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THE YOUNG BACH reveals Bach, the teenager- a brilliant debut of talent that would change the organ world forever. Harald Vogel offers new insights into some of Bach's most popular early works, playing John Brombaugh's historically inspired instrument in Eugene, Oregon. Includes Bach's "Eight little Preludes and Fugues". Robert Parkins plays the newly renovated 1932 Aeolian organ at Duke - the last built by this builder and their only organ of this size and significance built for a church. His unusual program includes American works influenced by German Romantic, jazz and blues traditions. First-prize winner at the 1994 Bruges Early Music Festival, David Yearsley performs music of the Strungk family, an astonishing collection of previously unrecorded 17th-century masterpieces.  World premier recordings!
From Captivity to Holy City - Opus 7 - Pontén Bach - Preludes and Fugues - Joan Lippincott Bach - Sinfonia - Organ Concertos - Joan Lippincott
From Captivity to the Holy City - Digital Download
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Bach: Preludes & Fugues/Lippincott - Digital Album
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Recorded in the beautiful acoustics of St. James Cathedral in Seattle, this CD features texts for the Lenten and Easter seasons, describing the human experience as it moves from darkness to light, from enslavement to liberation, and from suffering to joy. Included are works by Gibbons, Parry, Ives, Stanford, Finzi, and the first recording of John Muehleisen's De profundis. 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 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.
Toccatas and Fugues by Bach - Joan Lippincott Mozart Organ works -  Joan Lippincott Dubois - Seven Last Words of Christ - First Methodist Church, Lubbock, TX - Gordon McMillan - Frederick Swann
Bach: Toccatas & Fugues/Lippincott - Digital Album
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Mozart and the Organ/Lippincott - Digital Album
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Dubois: The Seven Last Words of Christ - Digital Album
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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. 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. 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.
Clemens non Papa: Requiem and Motets - Tudor Choir - Douglas Fullington Welcome Christmas - Carols & Lullabies from Around the World VocalEssence Bach: St John Passion - 1725 version - Yale Schola Cantorum - Carrington
Clemens: Requiem & Motets/Tudor Choir - Digital Album
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The Tudor Choir adds to its critically acclaimed collection of recordings with this new CD of music by Renaissance composer Jacob Clemens non Papa (c.1515-c.1555). Clemens composed in all of the expected genres of his time. Much of his music is infused with a personal quality that differs from the generally abstract nature of much Renaissance sacred music. The music on this disc is a survey of his Latin-texted sacred polyphony, including his intimate Requiem, plus a Magnificat setting and a sampling of motets. The pieces chosen for this recording reveal texts that portray such themes as relationships, family, and remembrance, and therefore demonstrate the unusual "personal" quality to be found in Clemens' works. From Virgil Thomson's camp meeting setting of "The Holly and the Ivy" and Steve Barnett's swing verson of "Go Tell It on the Mountain" to Randall Davidson's homespun "Christ Was Born on Christmas Day" and Conrad Susa's magnificent Carols & Lullabies, commissioned from Susa specifically for VocalEssence, Maestro Brunelle has chosen carols-both familiar and unfamiliar---tied to one another by their inventiveness, charm and beauty in one of the year's most exciting new holiday discs. 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.
Berlioz Requiem - Washington Chorus - Shafer 2020 Choral Sampler Marches - Douglas Major
Berlioz: Requiem/Washington Chorus (2 CDs!) - Digital Album
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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. A 2020 Choral Sampler from the Gothic Catalog! Get this recording for FREE with your order of any other physical CD in our catalog. Limited to the first 100 orders, (U.S. shipping addresses only). Just include this album in your shopping cart and the cost of this recording will be removed when your order ships---if you are among the first 100! 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 Four Masterworks - Frederick Swann Mozart Organ works -  Joan Lippincott
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Four Masterworks/Swann
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Mozart and the Organ/Lippincott
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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. 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 Mendelssohn, 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 Performs Requiem - Howells and Fauré Masters In This Hall - Washington Men's Camerata
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Requiems-Howells & Faur‚/Christ Ch Cath Indianapolis
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Masters In This Hall/Washington Men's Camerata
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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. 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.
Silence and Music - All Saints Beverly Hills - Thomas Foster Michael Farris at Southern Methodist University SMU A Song To David - William Albright
Silence & Music/All Saints Beverly Hills
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Michael Farris at SMU
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Albright: A Song To David
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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. 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.
With Heart and Voice - Trinity Church Boston Lippincott  - Philadelphia Brass 20th-century Organ Music Two - Ray and Elizabeth Chenault
With Heart & Voice / Choir of Trinity Church, Boston
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Lippincott/Philadelphia Brass
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20th Century Organ Music for Two, v.2/Chenaults
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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. 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.
Hymns through Ages - All Saints Beverly Hills- Thomas Foster Westminster Choir at Spoleto Mary Preston Plays Duruflé and Widor
Hymns through the Ages/All Saints Beverly Hills
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Westminster Choir at Spoleto
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Preston Plays Durufle & Widor
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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. 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.
Organ Music of Franz Liszt - Donald Sutherland The Riverside Years - Frederick Swann Christmas at Spivey Hall - Ray and Elizabeth Chenault
Organ Music of Franz Liszt/Sutherland
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The Riverside Years/Swann
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Christmas at Spivey Hall/Chenaults
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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.
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.
Over the Sea to Skye - Washington Men's Camerata Frederick Swann in Hawaii Toccatas and Fugues by Bach - Joan Lippincott
Over The Sea to Skye/Washington Men's Camerata
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Frederick Swann in Hawaii, v.1
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Bach: Toccatas & Fugues/Lippincott
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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
Mary Preston at The Meyerson
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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 The Worlds Above - Grace Cathedral San Francisco Bach - Leipzig Chorales - Joan Lippincott
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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.
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If you walk into Grace Cathedral and look up, you will see something quite unusual. The arches of the Gothic vaulting are present, but there is no ceiling between the arches. Barely visible is the underside of the roof, painted black. The illusion is of a Gothic structure without obstruction between it and the heavens. The choir of men and boys creates a similar effect in sound with this program of music from our own times—close your eyes and experience The Worlds Above from Grace Cathedral!
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.
Two Organs by Reuter - Frederick Swann Masterworks by Bach - Douglas Major - Washington National Cathedral Honegger's King David - St John's Cathedral - Denver
Two Organs by Reuter/Swann
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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
Evensong for Epiphany/Grace Cathedral
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Maurice & Marie-Madeleine Durufl‚ at the National Shrine
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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
Christmas Improvisations/G. Hancock
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Hymns through the Centuries Vol. 1/Cathedral Choral Society
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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 Advent Grace Cathedral San Francisco
Bach: Trio Sonatas/Lippincott
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David Higgs at Riverside
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Music for Advent at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco
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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. Recorded in 2000, "Music for Advent" is a program of nineteen hymns, carols and organ works for Advent and includes the Matin Responsory adapted from Palestrina (which opens many an Advent service in Anglican churches around the world), the hymn "Creator of the stars of night," "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," and Bach's "Wachet auf!" for organ.
A Brass and Organ Christmas - Bay Brass - John Fenstermaker Hymns of Vaughan Williams - First Church Los Angeles - Thomas Somerville - Frederick Swann Dubois - Seven Last Words of Christ - First Methodist Church, Lubbock, TX - Gordon McMillan - Frederick Swann
A Brass & Organ Christmas/Bay Brass & Fenstermaker
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Hymns of Vaughan Williams/First Church LA/Somereville and Swann
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Dubois: The Seven Last Words of Christ
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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! British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams is known for his choral anthems and large-scale works, but he was also responsible for selecting the tunes fo the 1906 version of The English Hymnal.  He wrote some tunes himself, such as Down Ampney (Come done, O love Divine) and Sine Nomine (For All the Saints), and arranged some 40 English folksongs. The result was a substantial and lasting contribution to 20th-century hymnody, which is celebrated in this recording. 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.
   
 
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