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The pipe organ in this recording is played by Dr. Pascual, Music Director at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. She plays some of the greatest music written for the pipe organ. Much of the organ music on this disc is based on Gregorian Chant. Dr. Pascual has prodigious keyboard skills and gives definitive performances of these works. She also conducts the men of the choir in the Gregorian Chant that is heard on this CD. Among some of the most thrilling music she plays is the improvisation by Charles Tournemire, written down by Maurice Durufle, on "Victimae Paschali Laudes" - this work shows off all of the dynamic color of the Kilgen pipe organ in Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Raffaele Manari's "Salve Regina", an organ work largely written to be played on the pipe organ's pedal shows how skilled a player Dr. Pascual is. The pedal part's consistent and relentless rhythym demands the utmost from the performer throughout. This recording puts the pipe organ at Saint Patrick's Cathedral through its paces.
This recording comes with extensive documentation: notes on the music, stoplist and numerous photos.
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|1||Cinq Improvisations: Victimae Paschali Laudes||Charles Tournemire|
|2||Choral varie sur le "Veni Creator," Op. 4||Maurice Durufle|
|3||Dorian Prelude on "Dies Irae"||Bruce Simonds|
|4||Images of the Exsultet Chant (2005)||Lynn Trapp|
|5||L'Organiste Liturgiste, Op. 65: Prose sur le "Stabat Mater Dolorosa"||Felix-Alexandre Guilmant|
|6||15 Pieces Founded on Antiphons, Op. 18: Ave Maris Stella||Marcel Dupre|
|7||Concert Study on "Salve Regina"||Raffaele Manari|
Photographs of the Pipe Organ and Location