The 1971 Danion-Gonzales organ at Chartres Cathedral, France.
The 1971 Danion-Gonzales organ at Chartres Cathedral, France.

Play It Again, Sam #0238

A good tune is a joy forever, but instead of repeating the same melody over and over, why not make it different? This week’s show illustrates the art of variation. Organist, Hannes Meyer toys with a European folksong, while the late, great George Thalben-Ball takes the ferocious fiddling of Paganini and transforms it into a virtuosic dance on the organ pedals. Secular or sacred, sumptuous or sometimes just plain silly, our themes provide remarkable opportunity for creative possibilities. It’s all about the altered intent, where one good tune demands another take. By the end, even you’ll be calling out, Play it Again, Sam.

GIOVANNI MORANDI: Introduzione, teme con variazioni e finale, Opus 11 –Massimo Nosetti (1855 Gandolfo/Collegiale Sant’ Ambrogio, Alassio, Italy) Syrius CD-141363

GEORGE THALBEN-BALL: Variations on a Theme of Paganini –Todd Wilson (1931 E.M. Skinner/Cathedral of our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Toledo, OH) JAV CD-127

JOHANN CHRISTIAN HEINRICH RINCK: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Opus 56 –Ludger Lohmann (1750 Gabler/Weingarten Abbey, Germany) Naxos 8.553925

HANNES MEYER: Variations on a Folksong Muss I denn zum Städtele hinausHannes Meyer (1960 Metzler/Grossmünster, Zürich, Switzerland) Stereoplay CD-697202

CÉSAR FRANCK: Prelude, Fugue and Variation in b –Catharine Crozier (1986 Marcussen/Wiedemann Hall, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS) Delos DE 3272

HEINRICH SCHEIDEMANN: Chorale verses, Gelobet seist du, Jesu ChristJulia Brown (1976 Brombaugh/Central Lutheran, Eugene, OR) Naxos 8.554548

GEORG BÖHM: Chorale Variations, Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtigLorenzo Ghielmi (1997 Fischer/St. Laurentius Church, Grefrath, Germany) Stradivarius CD-33559

NICHOLAS JACKSON: Concert Variations on Praise to the Lord, the AlmightyNicholas Jackson (1971 Danion-Gonzalez/Chartres Cathedral, France) Naxos 8.554773