2006 Fritts organ at Saint Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio
2006 Fritts organ at Saint Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio

A Class Act in Columbus (OH) #0737

…the new 66-stop tracker organ by Paul Fritts at Saint Joseph Cathedral joins this city’s already rich local instrumental resources.

The most magnificent organ facade in the Netherlands.
1738 Müller organ that was the inspiration for the case design of the Fritts organ pictured above.
Photo–Richard Rasch

THOMAS OLIVERS: Hymn, Lo! he comes with clouds descendingSaint Joseph’s Cathedral Choir, Paul Thornock; recorded December 15, 2006

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in e, BuxWV 142 –Paul Thornock; recorded January 28, 2007

SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: Choral-Improvisation, In dulci jubilo, Opus 75. Number 2 –Timothy Edward Smith; recorded January 28, 2007

BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Kyrie, from Missa Brevis in D, Opus 63. SIR EDWARD ELGAR: Psalm 48, Opus 67 –Saint Joseph’s Cathedral Choir, Paul Thornock, conductor; Robert Wisniewski, organ; recorded March 11, 2007 and June 28, 2007

NAJI HAKIM: Mariales [1993]. LARRY KING: Fanfare to the Tongues of Fire [1978] –James Hildreth; recorded February 18, 2007

CALVIN HAMPTON: Fanfares, from Suite Number 1 [1977] –Timothy Edward Smith (1972 Beckerath/First Congregational, Columbus, OH) Raven OAR-900

SETH BINGHAM: Overture, from Baroques Suite. H. LEROY BAUMGARTNER: Idyl, Opus 5, number 2 –Timothy Edward Smith (1931 Kimball/First Congregational, Columbus, OH) Raven OAR-900

GASTON LITAIZE: Cortege for Organ and Brass –Cathedral Brass; Paul Thornock, organ; recorded January 28, 2007

Filler –SIGFRID KARG-ELERT (see above)

Performances at Saint Joseph Cathedral were recorded during concerts from the new organ’s inaugural series. Thanks to engineers Dave Gelfer at WOSU-FM, Andrew R. MacGregor at NoiseFloor Productions and Sam Ritchie at Conductor’s Point Audio. For a bit of contrast, we’ve included three selections recorded at First Congregational Church on to two very contrasting instruments.