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Watch Nathan Laube play Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser at The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle in Washington DC

On September 20, 2019 Nathan Laube inaugurated the 4-manual 68-stop Lively-Fulcher organ at The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle in Washington D.C. I met up with Nathan the night before to capture a few moments of his rehearsal and made this video of Richard Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser, the final piece on the program. It is a tour-de-force for both the performer and instrument. You will hear the warm foundations, dramatic reeds (including hooded reeds 16, 8, 4 in the Bombarde division which play the theme of the “Pilgrims’ Chorus”) and the shimmering strings. Congratulations to Lively-Fulcher on the completion of such and incredible and versatile instrument.

Click the below for the entire performance of Richard Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser


38 responses to “Watch Nathan Laube play Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser at The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle in Washington DC

  1. Excellence! Great music, great organ in a great space, and, most certainly, a GREAT musician! Bravo, Nathan!

    I hope this recital was recorded for release on a CD or DVD. I would certainly want to add it to my library.

    1. We did that one video for free. There is no recording JAV is involved it. We did this to help promote a great organist, pipe organ and the pipe organ in general. A gift to the community.

      1. Sad. I would love to have bought it!. It sounds like it feels to be up on the Saddleworth moors on a windy day with dark clouds looming!

  2. Wonderful Highlight, very individuell Sound from Stockwerk Eberbach and Some more and now this,Great, thanks for sharing, we are happy

  3. “Incredible” doesn’t seem strong enough! What a magnificent performance, artist, and instrument. As Dan Seevers said, it literally brought tears to my eyes. Thanks, JAV, for making this available – what a gift!

    1. It was a joy to do. Hope it inspires others of the glories of the pipe organ. I wish that more churches would invest in hiring professional musicians, and purchase wind blown pipe organ.

  4. Virgil Fox, when asked why he sometimes played music not originally written for Organ, replied, “Simply because they are Beautiful.” Nathan Laube has proven this is spades. Thank you Joe and Nathan for this inspiring performance.

  5. What a breath-taking performance! Nathan, you outdid yourself, as always. This organ is a perfect instrument for this type of transcription. I believe Wagner is smiling.

  6. Todo resulta sobresaliente:
    Wagner, la transcripción, el órgano, la registración,el recinto.
    La orquesta dentro del órgano, pero, mucho mejor que un sintetizador, por supuesto.


  7. A performance out of this world, I just sit in awe with my mouth open and shaking my head asking myself how does he do that. Thank you so much to hear this music on Organ.

  8. Joseph you are so thoughtful to share this beautiful performance with all your friends during this time! My appreciation to Nathan and Lively-Fulcher Organ Builders who have all done better than anyone could have expected.

  9. Thank you Joe, for this wonderful posting of the stunning performance by Nathan Laube played on this fascinating Lively-Fulcher instrument, The performance and organ are all that you described and more. Laube’s proficiency on the manuals as your video so well captures can only be seen to be believed. And he played that complex selection entirely from memory!

  10. What a remarkable performance on a superb instrument. The main theme, often played by the thumb on a different manual then the rest of fingers, reached superhuman proportions. Would love to hear more of this organ and organist!

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