1659 Stellwagen/St. Mary’s Church, Stralsund, Germany
1659 Stellwagen/St. Mary’s Church, Stralsund, Germany
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Variations on a Theme #2124

. . . when you’ve got a good idea, you might as well make something of it!

Hour One

FRIEDRICH WILHELM MARKULL:  Chorale.  DANIEL MAGNUS GRONAUVariations, Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetanMartin Rost (1659 Stellwagen/St. Mary’s Church, Stralsund, Germany) MG&D 320.1967

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDEPassacaglia in d, BuxWV 161Carla Edwards (2002 Wolff/Kresge Auditorium, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN) Raven 918

THIERRY PALLESCOVariations for Large OrganKevin Bowyer (1879 Willis-1996 Harrison/Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland) Priory 1086

FRANZ SCHMIDTVariations and Fugue on an Original Theme (the King’s Fanfare, fr Fredigundis) –Wayne Marshall (2014 Mascioni/Sanctuary of Fatima, Ourém, Portugal) Base2 Music 07

Filler – BUXTEHUDE (see above)

Hour Two

GEORG MUFFATCiacona  –Gustav Leonhardt (1754 Hinsz/Buitenkerk, Kampen, Netherlands) Sony 88697318972 

NAJI HAKIMVariations on Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern  –Jean-Philippe Kuzma, violin; Naji Hakim (1988 Beckerath/American Church, Paris, France) Signum 0245

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERGVariations on a Recitative, Op. 40Yuri McCoy (2017 Nichols & Simpson/South Main Baptist Church, Houston, TX) PD Archive (r. 8/1/16)

RACHEL LAURINVariations on a Carol from Lorraine, Op. 26Rachel Laurin (1960 Schwenkedel-1992 Mühleisen/St. Bartholomew Church, Cornimont, France) Vosges 95

Filler – SCHMIDT (see above)

Should you be curious about other ways to play the Schönberg Variations on a Recitative, check out Marilyn Mason’s pioneer stereo recording (which caught Yuri McCoy’s attention) made on the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ formerly at ‘Philharmonic Hall’ at Lincoln Center in New York City. 

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