At Rockefeller Chapel #0937
Performances from inaugural season concerts featuring the University of Chicago’s recently renovated 1928 Skinner organ.
J.S. BACH: Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, BWV 667; Christ, unser Herr zum Jordan kam, BWV 684. OLIVIER MESSIAEN: The gifts of the spirit and Sortie, from Messe de la Pentecote. –Dame Gillian Weir; recorded October 2, 2008
Filler –LEO SOWERBY: Passacaglia (see above)
During the 1960s, an attempt was made to downplay the orchestral character of Mr. Skinners Opus 634 and give it an unnatural ‘Baroque’ voice. After years of planning, and the retrieval of many ranks of pipes that had been ‘de-accessioned’, the Schantz Organ Company has reaffirmed the Rockefeller Chapel organ’s original character, with additions. Jeffrey Dexter, Schantz tonal director, provides commentary.