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The pipe organ at the Parish Church of Saint Luke in Evanston, Illinois is one of the landmark pipe organs in the United States. The pipe organ was installed by the Skinner Company of Boston in 1921 and was fully restored by the A. Thompson-Allen Company. Stephen Tharp, known as one of America's most active concert organists, performs some of the transcriptions for which he has become internationally famous. The centerpiece of the disc is Franz Liszt's piano masterpiece, the Sonata in b Minor, adapted by Tharp for the pipe organ in an electrifyingly colorful performance. Also heard are transcriptions of Handel and Barber (with soprano Susan Lewis), Karg-Elert's late work, Passacaglia and Fugue on B.A.C.H., and the Stanford hymn "St. Patrick's Breastplate."
The booklet contains an article by Stephen Tharp on the recording sessions, essays on the music and Ernest Skinner, a detailed stoplist and many photos taken inside the pipe organ.
There still are a limited number of CDs available for this title.
|1||Music for the Royal Fireworks: Overture||George Frideric Handel|
|2||Sonata in b minor: Lento assai -- Allegro energico||Franz Liszt|
|3||Sonata in b minor: Grandioso||Franz Liszt|
|4||Sonata in b minor: Cantando espressivo||Franz Liszt|
|5||Sonata in b minor: Pesante -- Recitativo||Franz Liszt|
|6||Sonata in b minor: Andante sostenuto||Franz Liszt|
|7||Sonata in b minor: Quasi adagio||Franz Liszt|
|8||Sonata in b minor: Allegro energico||Franz Liszt|
|9||Sonata in b minor: Piu mosso||Franz Liszt|
|10||Sonata in b minor: Contando espressivo senza slentare||Franz Liszt|
|11||Sonata in b minor: Stretta quasi Prest -- Presto -- Prestissimo||Franz Liszt|
|12||Sonata in b minor: Andante sostenuto -- Allegro moderato -- Lento assai||Franz Liszt|
|13||St. Patrick's Breastplate||Charles Stanford|
|14||Sure on this shining night||Samuel Barber|
|15||Passacaglia and Fugue on B.A.C.H.: Passacaglia||Sigfrid Karg-Elert|
|16||Passacaglia and Fugue on B.A.C.H.: Fugue||Sigfrid Karg-Elert|
Photographs of the Pipe Organ and Location