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Bonjour and Willkommen: A Franco-German Debut - Songs by Franck, Couperin, Liszt, Schumann, J.S. Bach, Mozart & Mendelssohn / Ashley Coffey, Catherine Goode, Elizabeth Sharonov, soprano; Crista Miller, organ

Album Summary

>Franck, César : Chorals
>Couperin, François : Benedictus, for organ (Messe à l'usage ordinaire des paroisses)
>Franck, César : Prélude, fugue, et variations, for organ in B minor, Op. 18, M. 30
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphonie OP. 13, no 4
>Vierne, Louis : Symphonie Op. 28, no 3
>Hakim, Naji : Te Deum, for organ
>Bruhns, Nicolaus : Praeludium no 1 in E major for organ ("Groß")
>Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon : Ballo del Granduca, for organ (doubtful; probably by Samuel Scheidt). SwWV 319
>Scheidemann, Heinrich : Chorale for organ
>Pachelbel, Johann : Christus, der ist mein Leben, chorale variations for organ (Sterbensgedancken 1; misattributed to J.
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D major, BWV 532
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 14 in C major, K 278 (271e)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Prelude & Fugue for organ in C minor, Op. 37/1
>Schumann, Robert : Etude no 4 for pedal piano in A flat major, Op. 56/4
>Liszt, Franz : Präludium und Fuge über das Motiv B.A.C.H. (I), for organ, S. 260i (LW E3/1)
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The program for this organ's debut recording is an homage to its magnificent tonal capabilities, noted for being convincingly both French and German. The nineteenth organ build by Martin Pasi and Associates of Roy, Washington, is housed in and voiced for the lush acoustics of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas. Pasi writes: "The organ's tonal scheme draws most of its inspiration from the great North German and French organs of the 17th and 18th centuries. Its resources are further leavened with many stops inspired by 19th and 20th century models. This enhances its flexibility in playing choral accompaniments and the monumental solo organ literature of the 19th and 20th centuries." DISC ONE draws a thread from the French Baroque to today. DISC TWO presents German music from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Dr. Crista Miller is Director of Music and Cathedral Organist at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Houston, Texas, and chaired the organ committee for the Parsi instrument. As a solo performer, Dr. Miller has performed across the world, including featured performances at the Svendbørg International Organ Festival; the Festival de Órgano de Asturias Cajastur, and two conventions of the American Guild of Organists. She is an awardwinning organist in international and national playing competitions, and has also been featured in solo performance in fourteen states and at landmark US instruments. Her research on Middle Eastern influences in the music of composer Naji Hakim led her to work with Hakim in southern France and Paris. Her work on Charles Tournemire and his liturgical legacy was recently published by the Church Music Association of America.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Pasi Opus 19, Co-Cathedral of the Scared Heart. Houston.



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Works Details

>Franck, César : Chorals :: no 3 in A Minor
  • Performer: Crista Miller (Organ)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Couperin, François : Benedictus, for organ (Messe à l'usage ordinaire des paroisses)
  • Performers: Michael Emmerich; Eric Laine; Crista Miller (Organ); Sawyer Sellers; Jason Watt
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1690

>Franck, César : Prélude, fugue, et variations, for organ in B minor, Op. 18, M. 30
  • Performer: Crista Miller (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1873.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphonie OP. 13, no 4 :: III. Andante Cantabile
  • Performer: Crista Miller (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1876

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphonie OP. 13, no 4 :: IV. Scherzo
  • Performer: Crista Miller (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1876

>Vierne, Louis : Symphonie Op. 28, no 3 :: V. Finale
  • Performer: Crista Miller (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Hakim, Naji : Te Deum, for organ
  • Performer: Crista Miller (Organ)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Bruhns, Nicolaus : Praeludium no 1 in E major for organ ("Groß")
  • Performer: Crista Miller (Organ)
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon : Ballo del Granduca, for organ (doubtful; probably by Samuel Scheidt). SwWV 319
  • Performer: Crista Miller (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1602-1621

>Scheidemann, Heinrich : Chorale for organ :: "Magnificat Vii Toni"
  • Performers: Ashley Coffey; Catherine Goode; Crista Miller (Organ); Elizabeth Sharonov
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pachelbel, Johann : Christus, der ist mein Leben, chorale variations for organ (Sterbensgedancken 1; misattributed to J.
  • Performer: Crista Miller (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D major, BWV 532
  • Performer: Crista Miller (Organ)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 14 in C major, K 278 (271e)
  • Performer: Crista Miller (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1777

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Prelude & Fugue for organ in C minor, Op. 37/1
  • Performer: Crista Miller (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 07/30/1834-04/02/1837.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Schumann, Robert : Etude no 4 for pedal piano in A flat major, Op. 56/4
  • Performer: Crista Miller (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Liszt, Franz : Präludium und Fuge über das Motiv B.A.C.H. (I), for organ, S. 260i (LW E3/1)
  • Performer: Crista Miller (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1855.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1855