1863 Walcker–1949 Aeolian-Skinner/Methuen Music Hall, Massachusetts
1863 Walcker–1949 Aeolian-Skinner/Methuen Music Hall, Massachusetts
Len Levasseur

Women's Voices #2312

. . . in conversation and performance, whether as composers, transcribers, advocates, these three artists engage our attention.

Hour One

ANGELA KRAFT CROSSAll Hallows Voluntary (2010).  KRAFT CROSSI thirst (2010) –Angela Kraft Cross (2002 Dobson/Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, CA) Compas 7201

KRAFT CROSS: Healing Waters (2022).  KRAFT CROSSArchangel Fantasie (2021)–Angela Kraft Cross (1863 Walcker+1947 Aeolian-Skinner/Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA) Raven 179

OLIVIER MESSIAEN (arr. Lapwood):  Vocalise-Etude (1935).  BENJAMIN BRITTEN (arr. Lapwood):  4 Sea Interludes, fr Peter Grimes, Op.33a (1945) [Dawn-Sunday Morning-Moonlight-Storm] –Anna Lapwood (1901-2001 Harrison/Ely Cathedral, England) Signum 688

Filler – KRAFT CROSS:  All Hallows Voluntary (see above)

Hour Two

JEAN BERVEILLER:  Mouvement –Jeanne Demessieux (1967 Walker/Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, England) Decca 484 1424

DEMESSIEUXSept Meditations sur le Saint Esprit (1947) [Veni Sancte Spiritus (i.); Les Eaux (ii.); Pentecote (iii.); Paix (vi.); Lumiere (vii.)] –Laura Ellis (1991 Reuter/Munger Chapel, University of the Ozarks, Clarksville, AR) Pro Organo 7083; [Consolateur (v.)] –Jeanne Demessieux (1962 Steinmeyer/St. Michael’s Church, Hamburg, Germany) Festivo 6961.862; [Dogma (iv.)] –Stephen Tharp (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/St. Ouen, Rouen, France) Aeolus 10561; [Paix (vi.); Lumiere (vii.)] –Laura Ellis (Munger Chapel, Clarksville, AR) Pro Organo 7083

We admit that this music will never be on everyone’s favorites list, but we find it fascinating in its unique and remote way, an aspect of this brilliant and celebrated French virtuoso organist-composer that is rarely heard, much less appreciated.  Following along with the online score is one way to get a sense of the challenges Demessieux presents to the performer.

Filler – DEMESSIEUX:  Te Deum, Op. 11 –Jeanne Demessieux (1845 Cavaillé-Coll/La Madeleine, Paris, France) Decca 484 1424

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