Happy Birthday, Hurricane Mama! #1506
…eight superb soloists celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iconic Glatter-Götz/Rosales pipe organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Filler – BACH BWV 903 (see above)
Filler – MADER (see above)
These performances were recorded on Sunday, November 23, 2014, and the sold-out event generated good coverage from reviewer Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times and a commentary from Alex Ross in The New Yorker, too.
A collaborative project, built by the German firm headed by Caspar von Glatter-Götz with specification and tonal design by Los Angeles-based voicer Manuel Rosales, the Walt Disney Concert Hall pipe organ (IV+P/102s) has provoked comment from the moment of its unveiling. Terry Riley nicknamed the organ Hurricane Mama, but the architect for the Hall and designer of the organ’s visual aspect, Frank Gehry, is claimed to have dubbed his conception ‘French Fries’! Who could argue with either!
Since seeing…and hearing…is believing, we recommend a new video documentary about Hurricane Mama, recently released. Also, Jennifer A. Zobelein has written a book…A Forest of Pipes: the Story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ…that documents the creation and installation of this remarkable instrument.
You can hear the inaugural public concert played on the Disney Hall organ by Frederick Swann ten years ago, and a pair of concertos from a preview performance presented by the American Guild of Organists a few months before the official unveiling.