1981 Eisenbarth great organ at Passau Cathedral, Germany
1981 Eisenbarth great organ at Passau Cathedral, Germany
Photo–Richard Rasch

Going On Record #0346

What do a city auditorium in New Zealand, an historic church of in Manila, a Scandinavian university science project and the Tennessee Valley Arts Commission have in common? Each celebrates the art of the organ. This week we’ll savor performances from Christchurch Town Hall, the parish of Las Pinas in the Philippines, the Hamburg Baroque Organ Project of Gothenburg, Sweden and the Unitarian Church in Knoxville where pipe organs, old and new, excite the imagination with ear-intriguing sounds. The proof is in the playing. Enjoy some sonically beguiling CD releases while we’re Going On Record with organ music in review.

GIUSEPPE VERDI (transcribed by Edwin H. Lemare): Grand March, from AïdaThomas Heywood (1998 Schantz/Moody Memorial FUMC, Galveston, TX) Pro Organo CD 7168

ALFRED HOLLINS: Song of Sunshine. CHARLES DUNHILL: Cantilena romantica. JOHN STANLEY: Trumpet Tune –Theresa Pepin (1891 Pilcher; 2002 Rule/Tennessee Valley Unitarian-Universalist, Knoxville, TN) TVUUC CD-77642

WILLIAM WALTON: Popular Song, from Façade. JOSEPH CALLAERTS: Toccata in e, Opus 29, number 1 –Martin Setchell (1997 Rieger/Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand) Atoll ACD-603

JOSEPH MESSNER: Tempo giocoso, from Symphonic Festival Music, Opus 45a. MAX REGER: Benedictus, Opus 59, number 9 –Passau Diocese Brass Ensemble, Gerhard Merkl; Hans Leitner (1981 Eisenbarth/Dom St. Stephan, Passau, Germany) IFO 00 116

KALEVI KIVINIEMI: Improvisation on a Philippine Song. FORTUNATO CHELLERI: Sancho Panche, from Don Quixote Suite –Kalevi Kiviniemi (1824 Cera Bamboo organ/Parish Church, Las Piñas, Philippines) Fuga 9161

FRANZ TUNDER: Canzona in G; Praeludium in G –Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra (2000 GoART Replica/Örgryte nya kyrka [Örgryte New Church], Göteborg, Sweden) Loft LRCD-1048-49

JON THORARINSSON: Orgelmusik, Prelude, Chorale & FuguePeter Sykes (1999 Noack/Neskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland) Raven OAR-640

HANS UWE HIELSCHER: Sonatina in F for Trumpet and Organ, Opus 19 –Karl-Heinz Halder, trumpet; Michael Eckerle (1948 Steinmeyer; 1996 Göckel/St. Franziskuskirche, Pforzheim, Germany) Unda Maris UM-20201

EUGÈNE GIGOUT: Marche des RogationsGerard Brooks (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Ouen, Rouen, France) Priory PRCD762

LÉON BOËLLMANN: Allegretto con moto, from Suite Number 2, Opus 27. CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Allegro giocoso, from Improvisations, Opus 150 –Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin (1862 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France) Festivo 6961 912