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The pipe organ built in 1936 by the Aeolian-Skinner Company as its Opus 940 at the Church of the Advent in Boston represents a milestone in the development of American organ building. G. Donald Harrison’s career-long quest to develop light-pressure, blending ensembles, capable of seamless build-up, comes to fruition in this pipe organ. Though altered in the 1960's by Donald Gillett, the organ’s essential character remains intact. Mark Dwyer suggests that this recording might be subtitled, "Anglican at the Advent," since all of the repertoire is by composers of Anglican affiliation and British or Anglo-American stock: Vaughan Williams, Sowerby, Parry, Thalben-Ball, and Willan. The smooth ensembles of the Advent organ are ideal for this music, played with sterling sophistication by Mark Dwyer. Willan’s remarkable Prelude and Fugue in C minor, with its stunning triple fugue, is a must-hear.
This recording comes with extensive documentation: an essay about the pipe organ, notes on the music, stoplist and numerous photos.
There are no CDs of this title left in stock, but this recording can be immediately downloaded from iTunes. You have the option to download this recording as a 16-bit WAVE file from Abeille Music in France.
|1||Prelude and Fugue in c minor: Prelude||Ralph Vaughan Williams|
|2||Prelude and Fugue in c minor: Fugue||Ralph Vaughan Williams|
|3||Symphony in G Major: Passacaglia||Leo Sowerby|
|4||Suite for Organ: Fantasy for Flute Stops||Leo Sowerby|
|5||Fantasia and Fugue in G: Fantasia||C. Hubert H. Parry|
|6||Fantasia and Fugue in G: Fugue||C. Hubert H. Parry|
|7||Tune in E (In the style of John Stanley)||George Thalben-Ball|
|8||Passacaglia and Fugue No. 2: Passacaglia||Healey Willan|
|9||Passacaglia and Fugue No. 2: Fugue||Healey Willan|
|11||Prelude and Fugue in c minor: Prelude||Healey Willan|
|12||Prelude and Fugue in c minor: Fugue||Healey Willan|
Photographs of the Pipe Organ and Location