Gothic Glory

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Sunday, December 05, 2010

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (mgarbowski/flickr)

On this edition of Pipedreams, a visit to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York to hear the newly restored 146-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ in this world’s largest Gothic landmark.

Music Played on the Program:

JOSEPH JONGEN: Toccata, Op. 81 –Marsha Heather Long; Koch International Classics 7008

ALEC WYTON: Fanfare –Marilyn Keiser; Pro Organo 7250

JOHANNES BRAHMS: 2 Chorale-preludes, Op. 122 (Herzlich tut mich verlangen; Herzlich tut mich erfreuen) –Thierry Escaich; Pro Organo 7250

DANIEL ROTH: Improvisaton on O Sons and DaughtersDaniel Roth; Pro Organo 7250

TRADITIONAL: Golden Apples of the Sun –Karan Casey, vocal; Paul Winter, sax; Paul Halley, organ; Living Music 80036

SIR EDWARD ELGAR (arr. Conte): Enigma Variations (selections) –Peter Richard Conte; Pro Organo 7250

Recently restored by Quimby Pipe Organs of Warrensburg, MO, the organ (1954 Aeolian-Skinner/Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York, NY) is celebrated for its brilliant and opulent tone and is a masterpiece of designer G. Donald Harrison. The first recordings of the restored organ have just been issued on the Pro Organo label in CD and DVD format.

Comments [5]

Anthony from Princeton, NJ

So just change the channel, Peter. Some people enjoy this a lot. Bravo to Michael Barone and Pipedreams. Keep up the good work!

Dec. 06 2010 01:21 AM
Peter Feldman from New York City

I will not donate money to a radio station playing so ugly organ music.

Dec. 05 2010 10:24 PM
WJVaughan from Suntree Florida

Thank goodness for the evening performance of Pipedreams...gives us a double feature with the broadcast from a local station in Central Florida

Dec. 05 2010 04:21 PM
Brian Wald from Toronto, Canada

What a joy to listen to Pipedreams on a Sunday evening. Thank you for the excellent program, Mr. Barone. I'm listening on the Internet with a set of good quality speakers hooked up to my speaker.

Nov. 28 2010 10:31 PM
Alan Van Poznak from Tenafly, NJ

Michael Barone is a blessing and a joy! He has created an archive of pipe organ music which is present wealth and will be future treasure for generations yet unborn. And it is all embellished by his brilliant, witty and urbane comments. Si monumentum requiras, audite!

Nov. 28 2010 05:14 AM

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