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The Craighead-Saunders Organ

Audio Samples

>Kennedy, Stephen : 3-3-33, for organ
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partite sopra Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, BWV 768
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for organ in F major, H. 84, Wq. 70/3
>Krebs, Johann Ludwig : Trio a 2 Claviere a Pedale in E flat major, for organ
>Kittel, Johann Christian : Prelude VII for organ in E flat
>Kittel, Johann Christian : Prelude VII in E flat minor, for organ
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65
>Herchenroder, Martin : Toccata and Lament, for organ

Album Summary

>Kennedy, Stephen : 3-3-33, for organ
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partite sopra Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, BWV 768
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for organ in F major, H. 84, Wq. 70/3
>Krebs, Johann Ludwig : Trio a 2 Claviere a Pedale in E flat major, for organ
>Kittel, Johann Christian : Prelude VII for organ in E flat
>Kittel, Johann Christian : Prelude VII in E flat minor, for organ
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65
>Herchenroder, Martin : Toccata and Lament, for organ
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Notes & Reviews:

The Craighead-Saunders Organ in Rochester, the newest instrument at the Eastman School of Music, is the result of an 8 year project documenting and copying the organ found in the Holy Ghost Church Lithuania, one of the best preserved late-baroque organs in Europe. It is the first large-scale historical reconstruction at this level in America. The instrument opens a new window on the aesthetics of the Enlightenment Era, while at the same time helping us experience well-known organ repertoire in a new light.

The Craighead-Saunders Organ in Christ Church, Rochester is the newest instrument in the collection at the Eastman School of Music. The organ is the result of an eight-year international research project documenting and copying the 1776 organ built by Adam Gottlob Casparini (1715-1788) in the Holy Ghost Church in Vilnius, Lithuania, one of the best preserved late-baroque organs in all of Europe. After a thorough documentation of the original instrument, a team from GOArt, at Gothenburg University in Sweden, led by Mats Arvidsson and Munetaka Yokota, worked closely with the Eastman School of Music and a group of some of the finest organ builders in America to produce the first research instrument after Casparini anywhere in the world, and the first large-scale historical reconstruction at this level in America. The instrument opens a new window on the aesthetics of the Enlightenment Era and on the organ music of a previously often ignored period, while at the same time helping us experience well-known repertoires from Bach to Mendelssohn in a new light.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Christ Church, Rochester (02/25/2010-03/01/2010).



Reviews

Beauty in construction, beauty in sound—1776 Casparini—new at Eastman
Trying to find the very best of the organ world? There are many places to search, but why not begin with the BEST: the Organ built after the 1776 Casparini in Vilnius, Lithuania, built new (2007—2009) in Christ Church, Rochester, NY, USA, as part of the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. It honors two giants of the organ world, David Craighead and Russell Saunders, professors who worked to develop the phenomenal organ department at Eastman. Mr. Craighead, now retired, was International Performer of the Year for 1983. Mr. Saunders, also much acclaimed, died in 1992.


Bellows Treaders??!! Stop Pullers!! Really!! Authentic to the last details! Surely there is a motorized mechanism for the bellows. Gotta see this!!


Description of the fine organ to showcase the talents of faculty Davidsson, Higgs, and Porter reads like an exciting historic rediscovery, reason enough alone to purchase this CD. The booklet further explains the compositions included in this 2010 recording to the luxurious benefit of the student. Then the recital begins, to display the almost unbelievably gorgeous sound coming from the 33 speaking stops of this two-manual-and-pedal instrument.


The first clever piece introduces the listener to the organ; it reaches out and pulls in the audience as surely as a drawknob. Next the Bach Partita Hail to Thee, My Jesu, Lowly causes the listener to marvel, as each of the eleven variations seems more beautiful than the one before. Works from C.P.E. Bach, Krebs, and Kittel conform more to traditional organ recital expectations, perhaps appealing more to students and organists than to general audiences. Then Mendelssohn’s Sonata I arrives, to reawaken the colors and nuances the audience craves, just as the composer revived interest in the master J.S. Bach during the 19th century. The recital concludes with a dedicatory commission by Herchenroder to reinforce the awareness of history, connectedness, and progress between countries and centuries in the music world of the organ.


With this CD bringing attention to the work of the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI), collaboration with excellent organists and builders, and celebration of music study and performance, the continuing preeminence of the Eastman reputation is assured for generations to come.

Submitted on 01/12/12 by howsweetthesound 
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Works Details

>Kennedy, Stephen : 3-3-33, for organ
  • Performers: David Higgs (Organ); Hans Davidsson (Organ); William Porter (Organ)
  • Notes: Christ Church, Rochester (02/25/2010-03/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partite sopra Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, BWV 768
  • Performers: David Higgs (Organ); Hans Davidsson (Organ); William Porter (Organ)
  • Notes: Christ Church, Rochester (02/25/2010-03/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for organ in F major, H. 84, Wq. 70/3
  • Performers: David Higgs (Organ); Hans Davidsson (Organ); William Porter (Organ)
  • Notes: Christ Church, Rochester (02/25/2010-03/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1755

>Krebs, Johann Ludwig : Trio a 2 Claviere a Pedale in E flat major, for organ
  • Performers: David Higgs (Organ); Hans Davidsson (Organ); William Porter (Organ)
  • Notes: Christ Church, Rochester (02/25/2010-03/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Kittel, Johann Christian : Prelude VII for organ in E flat
  • Performers: David Higgs (Organ); Hans Davidsson (Organ); William Porter (Organ)
  • Notes: Christ Church, Rochester (02/25/2010-03/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Kittel, Johann Christian : Prelude VII in E flat minor, for organ
  • Performers: David Higgs (Organ); Hans Davidsson (Organ); William Porter (Organ)
  • Notes: Christ Church, Rochester (02/25/2010-03/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65
  • Performers: David Higgs (Organ); Hans Davidsson (Organ); William Porter (Organ)
  • Notes: Christ Church, Rochester (02/25/2010-03/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/28/1844

>Martin Herchenröder (1961 - ) : Toccata and Lament, for organ
  • Performers: David Higgs (Organ); Hans Davidsson (Organ); William Porter (Organ)
  • Notes: Christ Church, Rochester (02/25/2010-03/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary