Ken Cowan plays the Skinner pipe organ at Saint Luke Evanston


Recording of the pipe organ built by the Skinner Organ Company. Ken Cowan plays Ride of the Valkyrie on the pipe organ and other symphonic organ works.

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The pipe organ at the Parish Church of Saint Luke Evanston was built in 1921 by the Skinner Organ Company of Boston and was fully restored by the A. Thompson-Allen Company. It is on this magnificent pipe organ that Ken Cowan, Professor of Organ at Rice University, displays the versatility of his talents. Featured organ transcriptions are Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”, “Romance to the Evening Star”, the “Grand March” from Tannhauser plus original organ compositions by Widor, Wesley and Saint-Saens. The disc concludes with Karg-Elert’s large-scale Symphonic Chorale on “Jesu, Meine Freude. This recording comes with extensive documentation: an essay about the pipe organ, notes on the music, stoplist and numerous photos.

1Tannhauser: Grand MarchRichard Wagner
2Tannhauser: Romance to the Evening StarRichard Wagner
3Die Walkure: The Ride of the ValkyriesRichard Wagner
4Fantasie in D-flat Major, Op. 101Camille Saint-Saens
5Symphony No. 5: Allegro VivaceCharles-Marie Widor
6Variations on ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’Franz Liszt
7Choral Song and FugueSamuel Sebastian Wesley
8Symphonic Choral on ‘Jesu, Meine Freude,’ Op. 87, No. 2: Introduction: InfernoSigfrid Karg-Elert
9Symphonic Choral on ‘Jesu, Meine Freude,’ Op. 87, No. 2: CanzoneSigfrid Karg-Elert
10Symphonic Choral on ‘Jesu, Meine Freude,’ Op. 87, No. 2: Fuga con CoraleSigfrid Karg-Elert


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