Historic Holtkamps #9931
Will Headlee and David Hurd play two noteworthy examples of Walter Holtkamp, Sr.’s pioneering neo-classic instruments at Syracuse University in New York State and Fisk University in Nashville TN.
DARIUS MILHAUD: 5 Preludes. J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Wir glauben all, S. 740. LEON VERREES: Chorale-improvisation, O for a closer walk with God –Will Headlee (1950 Holtkamp/Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College, Syracuse, NY)
Since this program was released, Will Headlee’s performances, including additional repertoire, have been released on Raven OAR-440. Another recent recording of the Crouse organ is available on Pro Organo CD 7082. The Syracuse Holtkamp, with its stunning exposed pipes, stands at the front of an extraordinary triple-barrel-vaulted wood-panelled room and incorporates some pipework from the University’s 1889 Roosevelt instrument. The Crouse Auditorium installation was one of Holtkamp’s finest designs. It remains a stellar example of the best of both tonal and visual aspects of post-war American neo-classic organbuilding, and these new CD releases present it splendidly. The smaller Fisk University organ, unfortunately not documented on CD but here presented in special PIPEDREAMS concert recordings, also benefits from an acoustically attractive 19th-century auditorium setting and remains the first such instrument built for an African-American college.
This program was originally issued as #9148 in December 1991.