Airs Sundays at 11 pm on WQXR.
Celebrating more than twenty-five years on the air, 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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Sunday, June 24, 2012
Pipedreams explores the impressions made by American composers.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
This week, an exploration of some unusual items found amidst the remarkably rich repertoire of music for organ with orchestra.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Pipedreams presents a delectation of French music, with particular emphasis on the organ works of the late Jean Francaix.
Sunday, June 03, 2012
This week, intriguing pipe organs revive the aura of past centuries while making beautiful sounds in the Windy City for the Organ Historical Society.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
This week's Pipedreams comes from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, and features solo performances of music from France and a pair of American concertos from the American Guild of Organists’ 2004 national convention, featuring the eye- and ear-catching Glatter-Götz/Rosales organ.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Ken Double, President of the American Theatre Organ Society, presents a sampler of the popular-organ art.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
After a meticulous multi-year restoration, the 10,000-pipes of the 1930 Aeolian organ in the conservatory ballroom at the former Pierre du Pont estate in Kennett Square, Penn., sound more magnificent than ever.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Pipedreams presents a tribute to the memory of one of the most popular -- and controversial -- organists of all time, Virgil Fox, who believed in the cause of beauty above history, and above the limitations of any instrument.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
In observance of the 450th anniversary of composer and organist Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck’s birth, this week Pipedreams surveys organ art in the Netherlands.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
The Parisian church Église Saint Sulpice enjoyed the world’s largest musical instrument when its mighty 100-stop Cavaillé-Coll pipe organ was inaugurated 150 years ago, on Easter Sunday, April 20, 1862.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Whether in pagan ritual, songs of sunshine, spiritual revival or April showers, we enjoy the sweet music -- and breezes -- of springtime music.
Sunday, April 08, 2012
This Easter weekend, Pipedreams features transformative and uplifting music in observance of the Christian festival of Resurrection.
Sunday, April 01, 2012
This week's Pipedreams looks at meditations from the dark side by Bach, Sweelinck, Daveluy and Grunenwald, somber music of sadness, solace and strength.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
With vibrant performances and exquisite instrumental sonorities, this week's Pipedreams delights in the work of history’s foremost composer for the pipe organ.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Enjoy a collection of classic and contemporary interpretations of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
This week Pipedreams visits the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., to investigate a path-breaking new curriculum of organ study begun by professor John Schwandt.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
This week, youthful performers, filled with enthusiasm, carry the King of Instruments with them into the 21st Century.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
This week’s program features the prize-winners of the 2011 Canadian International Organ Competition, the premiere North American contest for young talents in Montreal.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
The instruments at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and the Catholic Cathedral in La Crosse, Wis., demonstrate two divergent ways of approaching the "classical organ."
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Beyond the pipe organ’s own resources, the sounds of additional trumpets, trombones and horns lend an extra dimension to the sonic spectrum.