Dominant Accord: works by Bach, Howells, Brahms / Susan de Kam

Audio Samples

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E major, BuxWV 141
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasia for Mechanical Organ in F minor, K 608
>Howells, Herbert : Master Tallis's Testament
>Alcock, Walter : Toccatina ('A study in staccato'), for organ
>Schumann, Robert : Etude no 2 for pedal piano in A minor, Op. 56/2
>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) in Canon Form for Pedal Piano, Op. 56
>Schumann, Robert : Etude no 6 for pedal piano in B major, Op. 56/6
>Brahms, Johannes : Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122
>Vierne, Louis : Pieces de Fantaisie, Book 2, Op. 53
>     Sicilienne
>     Toccata in B-flat minor
>Duruflé, Maurice : Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7

Album Summary

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E major, BuxWV 141
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasia for Mechanical Organ in F minor, K 608
>Howells, Herbert : Master Tallis's Testament
>Alcock, Walter : Toccatina ('A study in staccato'), for organ
>Schumann, Robert : Etude no 2 for pedal piano in A minor, Op. 56/2
>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) in Canon Form for Pedal Piano, Op. 56
>Schumann, Robert : Etude no 6 for pedal piano in B major, Op. 56/6
>Brahms, Johannes : Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122
>Vierne, Louis : Pieces de Fantaisie, Book 2, Op. 53
>Duruflé, Maurice : Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Organist Susan De Kam studied at Hope College and the University of Michigan. In addition to her being the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, she has been a prizewinner in the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Organ Competition, the Miami International Organ Competition, the Bank District Organ Competition and the National Young Artists' Competition in Organ Performance. She is Artist-in-Residence at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Dallas.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Miss De Kam, a student of Glasgow and Kibbie in Michigan and currently Artist-in-Residence at St Luke's Episcopal, Dallas, performs this program on the 3-49 Kegg (2010) organ in Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin. The selections cover music from the 17th to mid- 20th centuries. There is a similarity between this Kegg organ and instruments by Holtkamp: the earlier literature sounds better than music from the 20th Century. This is in no way a complaint about Ms De Kam's skills as an organist. She plays very well. Her tempos are proper, as are the registrations. There is only a modest reverberation in the church. The earlier pieces have the clarity one wants to hear in contrapuntal passages, and even the quieter works of Schumann and Brahms seem well suited to this organ. But there is an absence of feeling in the performance, especially in the Duruflé.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin (01/13/2011-01/14/2011).



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Works Details

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E major, BuxWV 141
  • Performer: Susan Kam (Organ)
  • Notes: Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin (01/13/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
  • Performer: Susan Kam (Organ)
  • Notes: Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin (01/13/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasia for Mechanical Organ in F minor, K 608
  • Performer: Susan Kam (Organ)
  • Notes: Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin (01/13/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1791

>Howells, Herbert : Master Tallis's Testament
  • Performer: Susan Kam (Organ)
  • Notes: Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin (01/13/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Alcock, Walter : Toccatina ('A study in staccato'), for organ
  • Performer: Susan Kam (Organ)
  • Notes: Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin (01/13/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Schumann, Robert : Etude no 2 for pedal piano in A minor, Op. 56/2
  • Performer: Susan Kam (Organ)
  • Notes: Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin (01/13/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) in Canon Form for Pedal Piano, Op. 56
  • Performer: Susan Kam (Organ)
  • Notes: Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin (01/13/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Schumann, Robert : Etude no 6 for pedal piano in B major, Op. 56/6
  • Performer: Susan Kam (Organ)
  • Notes: Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin (01/13/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Brahms, Johannes : Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122
  • Performer: Susan Kam (Organ)
  • Notes: Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin (01/13/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Vierne, Louis : Pièces de Fantaisie, Book 2, Op. 53 :: Sicilienne
  • Performer: Susan Kam (Organ)
  • Notes: Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin (01/13/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926

>Vierne, Louis : Pièces de Fantaisie, Book 2, Op. 53 :: Toccata in B-flat minor
  • Performer: Susan Kam (Organ)
  • Notes: Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin (01/13/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7
  • Performer: Susan Kam (Organ)
  • Notes: Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin (01/13/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942