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.
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.