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➾ Pipedreams playlist and episode information

Pipedreams is the only weekly radio program that explores the full range of the art and potential of the pipe organ.

Each week, Pipedreams host Michael Barone shares selected organ works and performances, and in doing so, encourages listeners to engage both their ears and imaginations to gain greater appreciation of this instrument. He talks with composers, organists, organ builders and restorers. The show features brand new instruments in churches and concert halls, plus historic pipe organs recorded in locations around the world, from ancient instruments in vast cathedrals to the "mighty Wurlitzers" of movie house fame.

"Pipedreams engages a wide range of listeners — not just organists — and that is the magic and the beauty of it. Pipedreams is not only an ongoing course in organ repertoire, but it is also a door for people who have never yet heard a pipe organ or gone to an organ recital." — The American Organist Magazine

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Bach Alive

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pipedreams presents concert performances of music by the greatest composer for the pipe organ, J.S. Bach, in celebration of his birthday and the beginning of spring.


March Marches

Monday, March 17, 2014

This week Pipedreams brings you some marches to help you get into the month of March.


Sibling Rivals

Monday, March 10, 2014

Although Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was reputed to be the finest organist of his era, he died penniless while his younger brother, Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach, prospered as harpsichordist to Frederick the Great and, later, music director for the city of Hamburg.


Wonder Woman Wilma Jensen

Monday, March 03, 2014

On the occasion of her 85th birthday, Pipedreams presents a celebration of the art, the music, and the indomitable spirit of one of Nashville’s great performers, Wilma Jensen.


In the Spotlight

Monday, February 24, 2014

Pipedreams presents concert performances from here and there, demonstrating a variety of organs and organists in action.


Conventional Wisdom: Philadelphia Flashbacks

Monday, February 17, 2014

Pipedreams revisits a unique recital performances from the 2002 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Philadelphia. 


Heiller and Homilius

Monday, February 10, 2014

You might think them an odd couple, but Anton Heiller from 20th century Austria and Gottfried August Homilius from 18th century Saxony both knew a thing or two about writing for the organ.


Brass Tracks

Monday, February 03, 2014

Bold and brazen are the organ's trumpet pipes and the ensemble that pits its energy against the King of Instruments.


Conventional Wisdom: Minnesota Memories

Monday, January 27, 2014

This week Pipedreams presents concert performances from the 2008 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.


Still More Concertos

Monday, January 20, 2014

Beyond the standard repertoire, many extraordinary works for organ and instruments remain to be (re)discovered.


More Concertos

Monday, January 13, 2014

Whether old or new, with ensembles large or small, innovative music for organ with orchestra continues to fascinate.


An Organist's Yearbook

Monday, January 06, 2014

Pipedreams presents its annual Olde Yeare/New Year reflection, with highlights from recent recordings, concert excerpts, prize–winning performances, memorial tributes and more.


An American Organist's Christmas

Monday, December 23, 2013

Performers, composers, arrangers, and instrument builders join in providing music for the holiday celebration.


The English Nativity Festival

Monday, December 16, 2013

Choirs and organists share a bountiful repertoire drawn from many years of the British holiday tradition of the English nativity.


A Swiss Mix

Monday, December 09, 2013

Pipedreams presents a sampler of instruments in Basel, Arlesheim, Neuchatel, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Romainmotier, Lausanne, Sion, Lucerne, Zurich and many other venues along the way to be explored during the upcoming Pipedreams tour of Switzerland in May 2014.


Assessing Alkan

Monday, December 02, 2013

Pipedreams does a bicentennial review of some intriguing compositions by the reclusive and legendary 19th century virtuoso Charles-Valentin Alkan.


Britain's Great Britten

Monday, November 25, 2013

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, Pipedreams presents a select survey of some sacred music written by one of the 20th century’s most honored composers, Benjamin Britten.


The Winds of Aeolus

Monday, November 18, 2013

Pipedreams presents a glimpse at some intriguing repertoire and exquisite recordings made by engineer-producer Christoph Frommen for his Aeolus Music label.


Kney Sayers

Monday, November 11, 2013

Pipedreams presents positive returns from the numerous soloists who have presented concerts on the instrument Gabriel Kney built for the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn.


Outside the Box

Monday, November 04, 2013

Pipedreams this week features prize–winning young organists who explore intriguing repertoire beyond the same–old–same–old.

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