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Conventional Wisdom: Philadelphia Flashbacks #1406

…unique recital performances from the 2002 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.

Hour 1

J.S. BACHPrelude & Fugue in C, BWV 545Hatsumi Miura (2000 Mander/Presbyterian Church, Chestnut Hill, PA) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/5/02)

ALEXANDRE GUILMANTIntroduction & Allegro, fr Symphony No. 1 in d, Op. 42Hector Olivera, Roland Atelier synthesizer; Richard Morris (1926 Austin/Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/3/02)

CRAIG PHILLIPSSuite for Organ, Brass and Percussion –Fairmont Brass Quintet; Sam Ruttenburg, timpani; Enid Bordsky, cymbals; Marilyn Keiser (1950 Möller/1st Baptist Church, Philadelphia) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/4/02)

GERRE HANCOCKAnthem, Judge eternal, throned in splendorChamber Choir of St. Peter’s Church, Paoli/Martha Johnson, director; Scott Dettra (1937 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/2/02)

KENNETH NAYLOR:  Hymn, How shall I sing that majesty (Coe Fen).  GERRE HANCOCK:  Improvisation on Coe FenChestnut Brass; Choir of St. Thomas Church, NYC/Gerre Hancock, director & organist (1857 Tellers-1977 Duddy/Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/1/02)

Hour 2

EMMA LOU DIEMER: Prepare the Royal Highway. ERIK SANTOS: Star Rising (both selections fr The Philadelphia Organ Book)–David Higgs (2000 Reuter/1st Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/4/02)

DOUGLAS MAJORAnthem, Love Poem to GodRCSM Festival Choir/Murray Sommerville, director; Eric Plutz (1931 Skinner/St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/2/02)

PIERRE COCHEREAUBerceuse a la Memoire de Louis Vierne. –Alan Morrison (1991 Mander/University Chapel, Princeton, NJ) Pipedreams Archive(r. 7/3/02)

MARIUS WALTER:  Meditations on Salve Festa DiesJIRI ROPEKVariations on Victimae Paschali LaudesCherry Rhodes (1999 Ott/Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Philadelphia) Pipedreams Archive (4. 7/5/02)

Continuing our reflections on performances recorded during past AGO conventions, while anticipating the next convention to be held in Boston (June 22-27, 2014) and hoping to see you there! Thanks to the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and convention chair Dennis Elwell for underwriting the recordings heard today!


Additional online audio:
            Hatsumi Miura plays Frescobaldi (, fr Book 2; , fr Fiori musicali) and Bach () at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church (r. 7/5/02).
            The late Richard Morris (who died 9/12/13) plays Mozart () at Irvine Auditorium, and…with Hector Olivera…the entire (all three movements; r. 7/3/02)).
            Cherry Rhodes plays Bach () on the Martin Ott organ at Philadelphia’s Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (r. 7/3/02).