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Illuminations: Organ Works by King, Widor, Eben, Bach, Messiaen, Reubke / Sharon Rose Pfeiffer, organist

Album Summary

>King, Larry : Resurrection, for organ
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphonie no 6, Op. 42
>Eben, Petr : Job for Organ
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia super Komm, heiliger Geist, BWV 651
>MessiaenOlivier : Messe de la Pentecote
>Reubke, Julius : Sonata for Organ in C minor "94th Psalm"
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Through the E. M. Skinner Organ at the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Massachusetts, Dr. SharonRose Pfeiffer gives voice to works by master composers from the Baroque to the twentieth century. The program on this Super Audio CD includes Sonate der 94ste Psalm by Reubke, Job for Organ VI by Eben, the Allegro from Symphonie No.6 by Widor, J.S. Bach's Fantasia BWV651, Resurrection: Lament, The Rising, The Ecstasy, Reflection by Larry King, and the finale of Messiaen's Messe de la Penteco^te. The inspiration for all of these text-based works is outlined in the detailed program notes.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The title, Illuminations, is also a bit puzzling. The booklet notes indicate that the unique installation "gives a sense of the building singing, painting the texts with a broad palette of sound, color, and direction". All fine and good. It is nice to hear the Larry King Resurrection, which is very effective on this organ. It and the selection from Eben's Job are the best in showing off what seems to be an endless variety of available colors. Pfeiffer is an excellent player and I look forward to hearing more from her on the completed instrument.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Church of the Transfiguration (10/2012).



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Works Details

>King, Larry : Resurrection, for organ
  • Performer: SharonRose Pfeiffer (Organ)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphonie no 6, Op. 42 :: 1. Allegro
  • Performer: SharonRose Pfeiffer (Organ)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1878

>Eben, Petr : Job for Organ :: 7. Penitence & Realisation
  • Performer: SharonRose Pfeiffer (Organ)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia super Komm, heiliger Geist, BWV 651
  • Performer: SharonRose Pfeiffer (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>MessiaenOlivier : Messe de la Pentecôte :: 5. Sortie (Le vent de l'Esprit)
  • Performer: SharonRose Pfeiffer (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949-1950

>Reubke, Julius : Sonata for Organ in C minor "94th Psalm"
  • Performer: SharonRose Pfeiffer (Organ)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857