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The pipe organ built by the Skinner Organ company in 1926 at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, Detroit, Michigan, is an artistic landmark of the American organbuilder Ernest M. Skinner. This pipe organ is the first to show the influence of the British organbuilding firm Henry Willis with the inclusion of Willis-type mixtures. The disposition of this 68-rank pipe organ points towards a greater tonal brilliance, coupled with Skinner’s characteristically foundation-rich reeds, which became a hallmark of Skinner and Aeolian-Skinner organs through the mid-1930s. Ken Cowan plays a sparkling rendition of the "Scherzo" from Mendelssohn’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" amongst a bevy of transcriptions on this recording, including selections from the operatic realm and a classic Sousa march. Willan’s "Introduction, Passacaglia, and Fugue," composed in 1916, finds eloquent expression in the resources of Skinner Opus 475, which Joe Vitacco describes as the "quintessential Skinner organ."
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||Ciacona for violin and continuo||Tomaso Antonio Vitali|
|2||Der Fliegende Hollander: Overture||Richard Wagner|
|4||Die Zaubetflote: Overture||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
|5||Elegy||William Grant Still|
|6||The Stars and Stripes Forever||John Philip Sousa|
|7||A Midsummer Night's Dream: Nocturne||Felix Mendelssohn|
|8||A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo||Felix Mendelssohn|
|9||Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue: Introduction||Healey Willan|
|10||Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue: Passacaglia||Healey Willan|
|11||Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue: Fugue||Healey Willan|
Photographs of the Pipe Organ and Location