Pro Organo’s founder, Frederick Hohman, has finished post-production on the next Pro Organo Compact Disc release where he is appearing as both featured organ soloist and producer. This will be Hohman’s 15th recording to be released on his own Pro Organo brand. The album was recorded on October 27, 2015 on The Great Organ at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. There have been many delays in the completion and release of this album. The original audio recordings from October, 2015 went unheard for 11 months, and were finally reviewed by Hohman in late September 2016.
Hohman recorded his next release at the invitation of Cathedral Director of Music and Organist, Kent Tritle. Following Hohman’s appearance in a post-Evensong recital in October, 2014 on the Cathedral’s Great Organ, Mr. Tritle invited Hohman back to appear on the Cathedral’s Great Music in a Great Space series, and he suggested that, while on site to prepare for the October, 2015 recital, that he also consider making his own recording on the organ.
Hohman has served as a producer of recordings of The Great Organ of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City since 1996, when he began producing what would become a series of 5 popular Pro Organo releases by then-Cathedral organist Dorothy Papadakos. The tragic fire in the final days of 2001, in a building adjacent to the Cathedral nave, damaged much of the Cathedral, and it silenced The Great Organ. After the brilliant restoration of the Cathedral and its Great Organ, in 2008, Hohman resumed his work as producer of the Cathedral’s Great Organ recordings, producing a series of Pro Organo releases featuring a world-class line-up of internationally renowned organists, including the late Gerre Hancock, Marilyn Keiser, Daniel Roth, Thierry Escaich, Peter Conte, Olivier Latry, Ken Cowan, Raymond Nagem and Bruce Neswick.
The title of Hohman’s album on The Great Organ will be announced on November 26, and the release date of the album is now set for MONDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2016.
The CD program will be as follows:
Finlandia, Opus 26, by Jean Sibelius
Valse mignonne, Opus 124, No. 2, by Sigrid Karg-Elert
Impromptu, Opus 54, No. 2 and Toccata, Opus 53, No. 6 from Pièces de Fantaisie, by Louis Vierne
Prelude and Love-Death from Tristan and Isolder, by Richard Wagner, transcribed by Lemare
The Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walker, by Richard Wagner, transcribed by Lemare
Fugue in E minor, the Wedge, BWV 548, by Johann Sebastian BachZ
Festive Trumpet Voluntary in E, by Frederick Hohman, after Jeremiah Clarke
Pizzicato Polka, by Josef and Johann Strauss, Jr., transcribed by Hohman
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp minor, S. 244 /2, by Franz Liszt, transcribed by Hohman
In addition to the 78-minute program above, there will be a “BONUS TRACK” made available, for which there was not enough data space on the CD to include. The bonus track is Vocalise, Opus 34, No. 14, by Sergei Rachmaninoff, transcribed by Hohman, and it will be available free of charge as an MP3 download on the product page at ProOrgano.com.