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Stephen Tharp is featured in this recording playing the pipe organ at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Mr. Tharp has had a long association with Saint Patrick's Cathedral. He first played an organ recital there in 1993, was a member of the staff from 1995 to 1997 and recently was the Official Organist for Pope Benedict XVI's visit to New York City in 2008. Tharp was also the organist when the Pope said Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. With all of the famous pipe organs Mr. Tharp has played around the world, he has stated that he has a great affection for Saint Patrick's Cathedral's pipe organ, which he describes as an "incredibly versatile instrument."
This recording could be called popular music with class for the pipe organ. Some of the best tracks on this recording are Mr. Tharp's transcription for organ of the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's "Messiah", his arrangement of "Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above", for which he is joined by trumpeter, John Lambert, Tharp's interprretation of the hymn, "Jesus Christ is Risen Today" and in Barber's "Adagio for Strings", wherein Mr. Tharp exhibits the quiet stops in this pipe organ. The recording is one of the finest made of this Kilgen pipe organ and has great clarity, thunderous bass, and captures the grand acoustic of the cathedral.
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||Suite de Symphonies: Fanfare-Rondeau||Jean Joseph Mouret|
|2||Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BWV 147||Johann Sebastian Bach|
|3||Idomenee: Rigaudon||Andre Campra|
|4||Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
|5||Adagio for Strings||Samuel Barber|
|6||Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus||George Frideric Handel|
|7||Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above|
|8||Praise to the Lord, the Almighty|
|9||Jesus Christ is Risen Today|
|10||Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes (1920): Rhosymedre||Ralph Vaughan Williams|
|11||Fanfare (1952)||John Cook|
|12||Pieces de Fantaisie Quatrieme Livre, Op. 54: Naiades||Louis Vierne|
|13||Sixieme Symphonie, Op. 42, No. 2: Allegro||Charles-Marie Widor|
Photographs of the Pipe Organ and Location