More Chosen Tunes/Matthews
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.
Evening Hymn/Georgia State University Singers, Deanna Joseph, conductor
he universal importance of nighttime rituals is celebrated in this recording of choral music from many different traditions and eras. This is the first professional release by the GSU Singers under the direction of Deanna Joseph. The Georgia State University Singers directed by Deanna Joseph were finalists in the 2014 American Prize in Choral Performance.
The Call: A concert for Veterans Day
Taken from a decade of Veterans Day concerts by Paul Klemme and the Willamette Master Chorus, this program honors those who have served in the armed forces of the United States of America. "the Call", which was commissioned by the choir, is by Dave Metzger, widely known for his many arrangements and orchestrations for films such as "Training Day", "August Rush", "Frozen" and the Broadway production of "The Lion King" --- for which he won a Tony Award nomination.
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.
Recital in Handel's Church - Digital Download
The first recording made on the new Richards-Fowkes organ in Handel's parish church in London! Kimberly Marshall plays a program of Handelian themes, and Bach. The new organ is the first American-built instrument in London.
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.
Messiaen: Meditations sur le mystere de la Sainte Trinite / Andrews
Intended as his final major work for organ, Messiaen's "Meditations on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity" is the culmination of his lifetime work as a composer for the organ. Begun as a set of improvisations celebrating the renovation of the organ at Trinity (and the church's 100th anniversary), "Meditations" employs new musical languages to explore the mysteries of Christian faith. (Part of The Complete Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen by Colin Andrews, LRCD-1163)
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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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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American Canticle / Cathedral of St Philip (Atlanta) Adelmann
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.
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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