1931 E.M. Skinner organ in Severence Hall, Cleveland, OH
1931 E.M. Skinner organ in Severence Hall, Cleveland, OH

Severance Skinner, Saved by Schantz #0123

Wake up and smell the coffee. The pipe organ is making a comeback in some American concert halls, as capacity audiences at Cleveland’s Severance Hall know full well. Think about it - when was the last time 2,000-plus people paid top dollar for tickets to a solo organ concert? This week’s Pipedreams program shares the Ohio celebration with selections from inaugural-series recitals by Thomas Murray, Gillian Weir, and Thomas Trotter. built in 1931 by the famous Ernest M. Skinner of Boston, had been unheard and long forgotten in an inaccessible above-stage chamber. For the past seven decades it had been akin to a “hidden treasure.” Now the Norton Memorial Organ has taken the place of pride immediately behind the orchestra, the result of an extensive auditorium renovation. In virtually every detail, the organ has been restored by the Schantz Company of Orrville, Ohio with its original voice intact. Enjoy the exquisite period colors and the impressive power of “The Severance Skinner, Saved by Schantz” this week on Pipedreams.

FRANZ LISZT: Prelude & Fugue on B-A-C-H –Thomas Trotter; recorded January 6, 2001

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Fantasy in D-flat, Opus 101. EDVARD GRIEG (transcribed by Edwin H. Lemare): Peer Gynt Suite Number 1: Morning; Anitra’s Dance; In the Hall of the Mountain KingThomas Murray; recorded March 11, 2001

OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Joy and Clarity of the Glorious Bodies, from Les corps glorieux. OLIVIER MESSIAEN: The Hidden God, from Book of the Holy Sacrament. OLIVIER MESSIAEN: The Angels, and God Among Us, from La Nativité –Dame Gillian Weir; recorded February 18, 2001