Some Anniversaries #1440
…a selective collection of organ works by composers with significant birthdays observed during this year.
RICHARD STRAUSS: Festliches Präludium for Organ and Orchestra, Op. 61 –Philadelphia Orchestra/Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor; Michael Stairs (1986 Rieger/Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan) EMI Classics 55185
OTTO OLSSON: Prelude & Fugue in f#, Op. 52 –Hans Fagius (1976 Åkerman & Lund/Katarina Church, Stockholm, Sweden) BIS 191
JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (trans. Rechsteiner): Airs and Dances from the Operas –Yves Rechsteiner (1742 Moucherel/Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Church, Cintegabelle, France) Alpha 650
The centennials of the births of Tunder (400th) and Walmisley (200th), the sesquicentennials of the births of Strauss (150th) and Ropartz (150th) and of the deaths of Rameau (250th), Meyerbeer and Foster (150th) and Olsson (50th) are all observed in 2014.
Previous PIPEDREAMS programs this year featured the music of two illustrious tri-centenarians:
Gottfried August Homilius (1714-1785)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
For those who are enchanted by (and curious about) the transcriptions from operatic music by Jean-Philippe Rameau (organ arrangements of music by the greatest composer of his age…who wrote nothing specifically for the organ!), check out this video with explanations by transcriber/performer Yves Rechsteiner, Le Chant du Monde publisher Hervé Désarbre, and Alpha label recording producer Jean-Paul Combet, as well as this link to the three published volumes of Rameau's "Livre d'orgue" (which is available with English annotations).