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