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Combine a Skinner Pipe Organ, Church Hymns, and Stephen Tharp at the console and you have a winning combination. These are simple hymn tunes, but with Stephen Tharp's improvised, on-the-spot harmonizations, interludes and preludes. Stephen Tharp shows off the entire tonal range of this Skinner pipe organ from its most hushed strings through its thunderous reed choruses.
The 1930 Skinner pipe organ, Opus 820, installed at the Cathedral of Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in 1931, is one of the very few extant pipe organs that represents the culmination of Ernest M. Skinner’s lifetime of experience. A close study of this pipe organ shows aural and visual evidence of the Skinner design features from the prior quarter century, yet refined to a state of perfection. The evolutionary path indicates the influence of the many great organs, organists and organ builders who contributed to Mr. Skinner’s expanding awareness of tonal possibilities. The clear, precise mixture choruses are balanced alongside prompt, bright and clear reeds, beautiful solo stops and lush, piquant strings across 4 manuals and pedal.
This recording can be immediately downloaded from iTunes or purchased in CD form. You have the option to download this recording as a 16-bit WAVE file from Abeille Music in France.
|1||The strife is o er, the battle won|
|2||All my hope on God is founded|
|3||Comfort, comfort ye my people|
|4||A mighty fortress is our God|
|5||Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound|
|6||God of our fathers, whose almighty hand|
|7||I vow to thee, my country|
|8||The Church's one foundation|
|9||Joyful, joyful, we adore thee|
|10||When Jesus left his Father's throne|
|11||Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding|
|12||All glory, laud and honor|
|13||The Lord will come and not be slow|
|14||Ride on! Ride on in majesty!|
|15||O God, our help in ages past|
|16||I heard the voice of Jesus say|
|17||As newborn stars were stirred to song|
|18||Notre Dame, Our Mother|
|19||Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming|
|20||Lord, you give the great commission|
|21||When in our music God is glorified|
|22||Only begotten, Word of God eternal|
Photographs of the Pipe Organ and Location