MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY: Prelude and Fugue in E Minor (1841)
MOZART: Fantasia in F Minor, K. 594
COOK: Fanfare (1952)
VIVALDI arr. J.S. BACH: Concerto in D Minor, RV 565
HOWELLS: Rhapsody, Opus 17, No. 3
PIERNÉ: Trois Pièces, Opus 29 Scherzando
JONGEN: Chant de Mai, Opus 53, No. 1
GUILMANT: Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Opus 42
This CD features the long-silent Skinner Organ in the Toledo Museum of Art, Opus 603. This organ was fully restored—without alterations to the technology or pipework —by the world-renowned A. Thompson-Allen Company of New Haven, Connecticut. This organ shows Ernest Skinner at his best in the mid 1920s, incorporating influences from the Willis Company of England and that of the consultant, Lynnwood Farnam.
The featured organist is Professor Thomas Murray, University Organ at Yale. Professor Murray is widely known for his symphonic interpretations of organ music. In an interview he remarked, “… the “symphonic” approach to organ playing begins when we become seriously intent on cultivating the same degree of expression used by our colleagues the pianists, singers, string and wind players.” He has made an extraordinary recording in Toledo.
The combined talents of two geniuses, Professor Murray and Ernest Skinner, makes this CD a must-have. It comes with an extensive booklet that has an essay about the organ, an interview with Thomas Murray, a full stop list with pipe scalings, mouth dimensions, halving ratios and tons of photographs.