Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

Recordings by Faculty

The 1785 Schiörlin Organ-Tryserum, Sweden

The 1785 Schiörlin Organ-Tryserum, Sweden
William Porter

Praeludium in g / Georg Böhm 
Partita Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele / Böhm 
Capriccio in D / Böhm 
Praeludium et fuga in d (“Fiddle”) / J.S. Bach 
Partita Jesu, meine Freude / Johann Gottfried Walther 
Pièce d’Orgue / Bach

The Eastman Italian Baroque Organ

The Eastman Italian Baroque Organ
Works by Frescobaldi, Rossi, Zipoli, Scarlatti, Gherardeschi, Quagliati, and Pasquini
William Porter, David Higgs, Hans Davidsson

The only full-size Italian Baroque organ in North America, Eastman’s newly installed and restored instrument reveals the exotic sounds of another culture and time. As Featured On NPR’s “Day to Day” radio program, the organ sounds as beautiful as it appears: a genuine work of art.

Bach at Bryn Mawr Bach at Bryn Mawr
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
David Higgs

Prelude And Fugue In G Major, BWV 541
Prelude And Fugue In G Major, BWV 541
Concerto In A Minor, BWV 593 (After Vivaldi)
Concerto In A Minor, BWV 593 (After Vivaldi)
Concerto In A Minor, BWV 593 (After Vivaldi)
Prelude And Fugue In D Major, BWV 532
Prelude And Fugue In D Major, BWV 532
Trio Sonata No. 5 In C Major, BWV 529
Trio Sonata No. 5 In C Major, BWV 529
Trio Sonata No. 5 In C Major, BWV 529
Fantasia And Fugue In G Minor, BWV 542
Fantasia And Fugue In G Minor, BWV 542
Nicolaus Bruhns & Johann Nicolaus Hanff: Organ Works

Nicolaus Bruhns & Johann Nicolaus Hanff: Organ Works
William Porter

Prelude for organ in E minor / Nicolaus Bruhns
Ach Gott, Von Himmel Sieh Darein / Johann Nicolaus Hanff
Auf Meinen Lieben Got / Johann Nicolaus Hanff
Prelude & fugue for organ in E minor / Nicolaus Bruhns
Erbarm Dich Mein, O Herre Gott / Johann Nicolaus Hanff
Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott / Johann Nicolaus Hanff
Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland / Nicolaus Bruhns
Helft Mir Gott’s Güte Preisen / Johann Nicolaus Hanff
Wär Gott Nicht Mit Uns Diese Zeit / Johann Nicolaus Hanff
Prelude for organ in G major / Nicolaus Bruhns

David Higgs at Riverside David Higgs at Riverside
Works by Sowerby, Shearing, Mendelssohn 
David Higgs

Comes Autumn Time / Leo Sowerby
There is a Happy Land / George Shearing
I Love Thee, my Lord / George Shearing
Andante for organ in D major / Felix Mendelssohn
Pieces (3), for organ / Cesar Franck
Fantasmagorie for organ / Jehan Ariste Alain
Free Fantasia on O Zion Haste and How Firm a Foundation
William Bolcom
Soliloquy / David Conte
Suite for organ, Op. 5 / Maurice Durufle

Porter_Krebs

Johann Ludwig Krebs – Clavier Übung
William Porter

One of Bach’s most favored students, Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780) composed works revealing Bach’s influence in their complexity and harmonic daring. His Clavier-Übung is a collection of 39 pieces based on 13 favorite chorales of the 18th century. This is the first complete recording of the pieces, played by William Porter on the 1806 Pehr Schiörlin 2-33 organ in Gammalkil, Sweden, restored in 1996 and recorded on CD for the first time. 
39 pieces based on 13 Chorales: 
Allein Gott 
Wer nur den Lieben 
Jesu, meine Freude 
Christ lag in Todesbanden 
Ach Gott, vom Himmel sich darein 
Auf meinen lieben Gott 
Vater unser in Himmelreich 
Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gott 
Was Gott tut das ist wohlgetan 
Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott 
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen 
Warum betrübst du dich 
Jesus, meine Zuversicht

Music Sweet and Serious/Porter (2 CDs!) Music Sweet & Serious: The Organ works of Heinrich Scheidemann and Jacob Praetorius
William Porter

Two organists, both students of Sweelinck, dominated the organ scene in Hamburg in the early 1600’s, but their temperaments and music are a study of contrasts. William Porter plays the landmark North German Organ of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Meyerson Symphony Center – Fisk Inaugural Recital Meyerson Symphony Center – Fisk Inaugural Recital
Works by J. S. Bach, Franck, Schumann, Mozart, Liszt, Daquin, Hampton 
David Higgs

Toccata and Fugue for organ in F major / J.S. Bach
Chorale No. 3 / Cesar Franck
Etude No. 5 for pedal piano in B minor / Robert Schumann
Andante in F major, K. 616 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Pastorale & Toccata for organ / David Conte
Präludium und Fuge on BACH / Franz Liszt
Noëls No. 10 / Louis-Claude Daquin
From Five Dances for organ / Calvin Hampton
The Primitives, At the ballet, Everyone Dance
March for a Joyous Occasion / Conrad Susa

One of a Kind
The Paul Fritts Organ, Pacific Lutheran University
Works by J.S. Bach
William Porter

This is the first CD recorded on the new Paul Fritts organ at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, heard to great acclaim at the AGO National Convention in July, 2000. Fritts’ magnum opus, this spectacular organ has 54 stops/ 80 ranks on three manuals. The pedal division includes a full length 32′ Posuane as well as a 32′ Subbass. The combination of one of the finest organbuilders and organists in the United States, 24-bit recording technology, and Lagerquist Hall’s four-second reverberation time, make this CD a must-have!
J. S. BACH:
Prelude & Fugue in E-minor Wedge, BWV 548 
Prelude & Fugue in E-minor Cathedral, BWV 533 
Toccata & Fugue in D-minor, BWV 565 
Passacaglia in C-minor, BWV 582 
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727 
Herr Jesu Christ dich zu uns wend’, BWV 709 
Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 736 
Erbarm’ dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721 
An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653B 
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig

In Praise of Humanity: Music of Calvin Hampton Harry Huff with David Higgs In Praise of Humanity: Music of Calvin Hampton
Harry Huff with David Higgs 

Fanfare for the New Year; In Praise of Humanity; In Paradisum; Concerto for Solo Organ; Lullaby; Voluntary on “Engleberg”; Alexander Variations 
Recorded on the organ of Calvary Church, Gramercy Park, New York City, where Calvin Hampton was organist and played his famous Friday Midnight organ recitals. Now fifteen years since his death, this recording stands as fitting memorial with the fine performances of Harry Huff, who served as Mr. Hampton’s assistant at Calvary, and David Higgs, who joins Huff on the Alexander Variations.

Double Forte Double Forte!
Works for two performers by Saint-Saens, Wagner, Hampton
David Higgs & Todd Wilson

Danse macabre / Camille Saint-Saens
Ride of the Valkyries / Richard Wagner
The Alexander Variations, for 2 organs / Calvin Hampton
Adagio and Fugue / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Adagio and Allegro / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata (Duetto) / Johann Christian Bach

 An Organ Portrait An Organ Portrait
William Porter

Nicolaus Bruhns, Prelude 
Dietrich Buxtehude, Magnificat primi toni 
Heinrich Scheidemann, Prelude, Jesus Christus, unser Heiland 
Franz Tunder, Prelude ‘Auf meinem lieben Gott, Jesus Christus’ 
William Porter, Magnificat VIII toni; Improvisation 
Michael Praetorius, Lux Beata Trinitas

Dieterich Buxtehude and the Mean-Tone Organ, Volume 1

Dieterich Buxtehude and the Mean-Tone Organ, Volume 1
Hans Davidsson

The large organ that Buxtehude played in St. Mary’s Church, Lübeck, had fifty-four stops on three manuals and pedal. We do not know exactly how it was tuned during Buxtehude’s time, but recent research suggests it may have been in mean tone, a tuning in which the tonal excursions that Buxtehude included in some of his praeludia would have been difficult to play. Hans Davidsson’s bold undertaking of the recording of Buxtehude’s entire organ repertoire in mean tone gives us startling new insights into how his organ music might have sounded in the seventeenth century.

-Kerala J. Snyder

Buxtehude Complete Organ Works, volume 2: The Bach Perspective

Buxtehude Complete Organ Works, volume 2: The Bach Perspective
Hans Davidsson

Drawn by reports of the acclaimed organist of the Mariankirche in Lübeck, Dieterich Buxtehude, the 20-year old J. S. Bach traveled almost 300 miles to hear Buxtehude’s music first hand. On the second in our three-volume set of the complete organ works of Buxtehude, Hans Davidsson plays the ground-breaking repertoire that was known to Bach and his circle, and which may have influenced his musical compositions and performance.

Complete Organ Works of Matthias Weckman (3 CDs)

Complete Organ Works of Matthias Weckman (3 CDs)
Hans Davidsson

The North German Baroque organ in Örgryte nya kyrka in Gothenburg, Sweden provides exciting new perspectives on Matthias Weckman’s organ music. This recording offers the first opportunity in our time to hear the complete works at their original pitch and in the original temperament, in quarter-comma meantone temperament at a Chorton pitch of a=465 Hz, and with the original registrations documented in the Weckman manuscripts. New aspects of registration and tonal realization became apparent through the process of working with this music on the new Baroque organ in Örgryte, and they are documented in the liner notes, which specify all the registrations for each work. Several of the chorale works are presented according to the alternatim practice, with a selection of hymn verses sung by the vocal ensemble Schola Gothia, directed by Ulrike Heider, interwoven with the organ verses.

Gelobet seist Du: Christmas in Lübeck, 1705

Gelobet seist Du: Christmas in Lübeck, 1705
Hans Davidsson

Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne for Organ in C major, BuxWV 137: Prelude / Buxtehude 
Gelobet seystu Jesu Christ I / Weckmann 
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E minor: Prelude / Bruhns 
Es ist das Heyl uns kommen her / Weckmann 
Pari Intervallo / Arvo Pärt 
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BuxWV 188 / Buxtehude 
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 / Bach

French Symphonic Masterpieces

French Symphonic Masterpieces
Works by Guilmant, Franck, Widor, Alain, Duruflé
Hans Davidsson

Sonata for organ, No 1 in D Minor / Alexandre Guilmant
Prière, for organ in C sharp minor / César Franck
Symphony No. 6 in G minor / Charles-Marie Widor
Allegro, Adagio
Intermezzo / Jehan Ariste Alain
Suite for organ, Op. 5 / Maurice Duruflé
Prélude, Sicilienne and Toccata

Complete Organ Works of Mathias Weckmann

Complete Organ Works of Mathias Weckmann
Hans Davidsson

Recorded on the Arp Schnitger organ at Norden in the Ludgerikircheas as a part of Davidsson’s dissertation on the organ works of Weckmann. Complete notes and registrations in a 94 page booklet. 2-CD set

Historical Organs In Sweden - The Morlanda Organ Historical Organs In Sweden – The Morlanda Organ
Hans Davidsson

Allein Gott in der Hoh’ sei Ehr’ / Sweelinck 
Hexachord Fantasia 
More palatino 
Toccata for Harpsichord no 1 in D minor / Weckman 
Canzon for Keyboard no 4 in C major 
Toccata for Harpsichord in E minor 
Passacaglia for Keyboard in D minor / Kerll 
Toccata in C major / Froberger 
Ach wie nichtig, ach wie fluchtig / Böhm

Craighead Plays Reger and Vierne Craighead Plays Reger and Vierne

David Craighead plays Rosales opus 11 of 87 ranks in Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland, Oregon. 
Second Sonata in d, Opus 60 / Max Reger
Symphony 6 in B, Opus 59 / Louis Vierne

French Fireworks: The Symphonic Organ French Fireworks: The Symphonic Organ
Michael Farris, organ

Works by Charles-Marie Widor, César Franck, Jehan Ariste Alain, Louis Vierne, Maurice Duruflé and Marcel Dupré.

The Last Rose of Summer The Last Rose of Summer
David Craighead, organ

Organ works by American composers John Knowles Paine, Dudley Buck, Horation Parker, Arthur Foote.

The Craigheads at Asbury The Craigheads at Asbury
Craighead Duets
Marian & David Craighead play duets, often in their own transcriptions, recorded in October, 1995 on the Austin 2-79 at Asbury First United Methodist Church, Rochester, New York where Marian was organist 1956 until her passing in 1996.
Michael Farris at SMU Michael Farris at SMU

Organ works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Arvo Part, Dietrich Buxtehude, Robert Schumann and Franz Liszt

Lou Harrison Lou Harrison
Concerto for Violin & Percussion
with Eudice Shapiro

Concerto for organ & percussion orchestra
with David Craighead, organ

Leo Sowerby – Works for Organ and Orchestra Leo Sowerby – Works for Organ and Orchestra
John Welsh, conductor
David Craighead, organ

Concerto for organ & strings (“Classic Concerto”)
Mediaeval Poem
Pageant of Autumn, for organ, H 234
Festival Musick

King of Instruments: A Listener's Guide to the Art and Science of Recording the Organ King of Instruments: A Listener’s Guide to the Art and Science of Recording the Organ
Michael Farris, David Higgs and others.

Organ works by Bach, Buxtehude, Lefebure-Wely