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William Porter is professor of harpsichord and organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and also teaches organ and improvisation at McGill University in Montreal. Widely known as a performer and teacher in the United States and in Europe, he is a leader among keyboardists working towards a recovery of an historical and instrument-based approach to musical performance, and has achieved international recognition for his skill in improvisation in a wide variety of styles, ancient and modern. He has taught and performed at most of the world’s leading festivals and academies, and has recorded extensively on the Gasparo, Proprius, BMG, and Loft labels.
View the list below of all of William Porter's recordings on the Loft label.
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Complete Organ Works of Bruhns & Hanff - William Porter Bach: One of a Kind - William Porter Krebs: Clavierubung - William Porter
Organ Works Bruhns & Hanff/Porter
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Bach: One of a Kind/Porter
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Krebs: Clavier-Übung/Porter
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William Porter, organist William Porter plays the complete works of Bruhns and Hanff on the spectacular organ of the Danish national cathedral. Restored to 1654 condition, the organ includes many pipes dating from one hundred years earlier. This is the first nationally released CD recorded on the new Paul Fritts organ at PLU. Fritts' magnum opus, this spectacular organ has 54 stops/ 80 ranks on three manuals. The pedal division includes a full length 32' Posaune as well as a 32' Subbass. The combination of one of the finest organ builders and organists in the United States, 24-bit recording technology, and Lagerquist Hall's four-second reverberation time, make this CD a must-have! Our number one selling Bach organ CD. The Clavier-Ubung of Krebs is a collection of 39 pieces based upon 13 favorite chorales of the 18th century. This succession of short pieces provides ample material to bring the tonal resources of Pehr Schiorlin's organ to life. A favorite instrument of Albert Schweitzer, the organ of Gammalkil, Sweden is heard here on CD for the first time.
The Eastman Italian Baroque Organ - William Porter - Hans Davidsson - David Higgs 1785 Schiörlin organ of Tryserum, Sweden - William Porter The Bach Organ of Störmthal William Porter
The Eastman Italian Baroque organ/Porter, Davidsson, Higgs
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The 1785 Schiörlin Organ (Tryserum, Sweden)/William Porter
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The Bach Organ of Störmthal / William Porter
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The only full-size Italian Baroque organ in North America, Eastman's newly installed and restored instrument reveals the exotic sounds of another culture and time. Played by three virtuosi of the school's faculty, the organ sounds as beautiful as it appears: a genuine work of art. The Schiörlin organ at Tryserum breathes new life into these works by Böhm, Bach, and Walther. A lively wind system, idiomatic voicing, and sensitive keyboard action make this organ sing in the hands of international artist William Porter. In 1723, J. S. Bach dedicated this organ with a concert featuring his choir from St. Thomas Church in Leipziag and his wife, Anna Magdalena, as soloist. The organbuilder Hildebrandt achieved an unusually high variety and quality of tone for an instrument of this size, earning him Bach's lifelong admiration, and later his collaboration on larger projects, particularly the large Hildebrandt organ in Naumburg.

This is the only recording of one of the few extant organs played by Bach, largely in its original condition!
The Craighead-Saunders Organ Mendelssohn Rarities Music Sweet and Serious: Organ music of Jacob Praetorius and Heinrich Scheidemann - William Porter
The Craighead-Saunders Organ at Eastman/Higgs, Davidsson, Porter
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Mendelssohn Rarities/Schola Cantorum
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Music Sweet and Serious/Porter (2 CDs!)
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The three organ professors of The Eastman School of Music demostrate the new Craighead-Saunders organ, modeled after 1776 Caspirini organ of Vilnius, Lithuania---one of the best preserved late-baroque organs in all of Europe.  Bach through Mendelssohn is the core of this program, which also includes newly commissioned works by Stephen Kennedy and Martin Herchenröder. Hailed as "the greatest child prodigy the history of Western music has ever known” (Charles Rosen), Mendelssohn wrote for the organ from the age of 11. New appraisals of his less-commonly performed organ and choral works reveal gems equal to his most beloved compositions.

Performed on the new Craighead-Saunders organ of the Eastman School of Music, with the Schola Cantorum of Christ Church.
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.