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In 1927 the pipe organ at the Toledo Museum of Art was installed by the Skinner Organ Company as its Opus 603 and was later moved by that company in 1933 to its current location. The organ is the largest pipe organ the Skinner Organ Company built with a fully automatic roll player. This pipe organ is capable of effectively accompanying a full orchestra with its refined but powerful reeds, including a Tuba on 18" wind.
After sitting silent for many years, the pipe organ was fully restored by the A. Thompson-Allen Company of New Haven, Connecticut. This CD uses the automatic rolls exclusively, which not only play the notes, but also change the stops and open and close the expression louvers. The rolls are played solely with original 1920s technology. The CD comes with a 32-page booklet, which contains an essay on the organ, an interview with Joseph Dzeda and Nicholas Thompson-Allen about their lives as organbuilders, a full stop list and tons of great photographs of the insides of this pipe organ.
|1||Aida: Grand March||Giuseppe Verdi|
|2||Caprice Viennois||Fritz Kreisler|
|3||En Badinant||Alfredo D'ambrosio|
|4||Angelus du Soir||Joseph Bonnet|
|5||Etude in a minor||Frederic Chopin|
|6||The Nutcracker Suite: Dance of the Toys||Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky|
|7||Die Walkure: Ride of the Valkyries||Richard Wagner|
|8||Symphony in d minor: Allegretto||Cesar Franck|
|10||Sampson et Delila: My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice||Camille Saint-Saens|
|13||Ave Maria||Franz Schubert|
|14||The Firebird: Ronde des Princesses||Igor Stravinsky|
|15||The Firebird: Berceuse and Finale||Igor Stravinsky|
Photographs of the Pipe Organ and Location