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A Couple of French Fifths (Audio CD) Frederick Hohman

Frederick Hohman plays the Fifth Organ Symphony of Widor and the Fifth Organ Symphony of Vierne on the Schantz organ at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, New Jersey USA.

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Format: Digital Audio CD
Catalog Number:  CD 7021
Length: 78′ 30″
Tracks:  10
Organ: Schantz
Venue: Sacred Heart, Newark, New Jersey USA
Recorded: 04/16/1991
Released: 03/02/1992
Producer: Frederick Hohman
Notes Author: Frederick Hohman
Notes Language: English
Graphics Format: 20pp book, traycard, jewel box
UPC #: 636077702129

Organists’ Review “The Sacred Heart Cathedral is the fifth largest cathedral church in the United States… Its perfect acoustics enhance the very well-balanced and satisfying tone of the organ’s nine divisions (9,513) pipes)…. Hohman turns in singularly well-crafted performances of these two great symphonic works, bringing out all their strengths and minimising their weaknesses.” – Paul Hale – Feb 1994

The Diapason “This is music so beautifully played, one cannot help but sit back and bask in it. … Dr. Hohman’s control, fine sense of tempi, and his “clean” playing, the work takes on a new luster… ” – William Brame

01 • Fifth Organ Symphony Op 42 No 1; I – Allegro vivace • Charles-Marie Widor • 11’48”
02 • Fifth Organ Symphony Op 42 No 1; II – Allegro cantabile • Charles-Marie Widor • 8’2″
03 • Fifth Organ Symphony Op 42 No 1; III – Andantino quasi allegretto • Charles-Marie Widor • 6’49”
04 • Fifth Organ Symphony Op 42 No 1; IV – Adagio • Charles-Marie Widor • 5’2″
05 • Fifth Organ Symphony Op 42 No 1; V – Toccata: Allegro • Charles-Marie Widor • 6’7″
06 • Fifth Symphonie pour Grand Orgue in A, Opus 47; I – Grave • Louis Vierne • 6’34”
07 • Fifth Symphonie pour Grand Orgue in A, Opus 47; II – Allegro molto marcato • Louis Vierne • 8’15”
08 • Fifth Symphonie pour Grand Orgue in A, Opus 47; III – Tempo di scherzo ma non troppo vivo • Louis Vierne • 4’46”
09 • Fifth Symphonie pour Grand Orgue in A, Opus 47; IV – Larghetto • Louis Vierne • 10’41”
10 • Fifth Symphonie pour Grand Orgue in A, Opus 47; V – Final: Allegro moderato • Louis Vierne • 10’21”

Whether he’s commanding the “King of Instruments” in the town halls of Australia, in historic English cathedrals, or at noted American universities and festivals, in concert, Frederick Hohman transforms the pipe organ from a “Sunday morning“ instrument into a virtual symphony ­orchestra. Critics have noted his intense energy “like a ­victorious athlete” [Portland Press Herald, Maine], thoughtful interpretations “full of fantasy’ [Raleigh News and Observer], his creative use of organ tone with ­“registrations appropriately kaleidoscopic” [The American Organist ­magazine], and his pedal technique “the best you’ll ever hear” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]. His concerts have brought appreciative audiences in America and abroad to their feet, sometimes more than once during a concert. From 1976 to 1978, while in the organ class of David Craighead at the Eastman School of Music – where he earned the Performer’s Certificate, Mus.B., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees – Frederick Hohman was heard on FM radio performing the gamut of organ literature as he hosted a weekly half-hour radio program, aired by affiliates with National Public Radio (USA). In 1984, Frederick Hohman was named First Prize Winner in both the Eighth National Organ-Playing Competition (Mader Foundation, Pasadena, California) and the Arthur Poister Memorial Organ-Playing Competition (American Guild of Organists, Syracuse, New York). Since then, for two decades, he has appeared in concert at the opening of new American pipe organs, for conventions of The American Guild of Organists, The Organ Historical Society and The American Institute of Organbuilders, and in several noted cathedrals and universities throughout the USA and abroad. In 1987, the first of what was to become his more than 10 critically-acclaimed CD recordings ­appeared on the Pro Organo label. Hohman’s CD releases have won critics’ favor in the pages of The Absolute Sound, Fanfare, The American Organist, The Diapason and Britain’s Musical Opinion, The Gramophone and Organists’ Review. In 1996, Frederick Hohman made a ­transition to television, when he became the host and principal performer for 24-episodes of the Midnight Pipes television series. Midnight Pipes aired in several tv markets over PBS affiliates. Performance segments from the series continue to appear on Classic Arts Showcase, a classical music performance program distributed worldwide on the ARTS Cable Channel. Frederick Hohman also composes original organ and choral music, with scores published by Lawson & Gould, Wayne Leupold Editions and Zarex Corporation. Although to date he has ­maintained no formal teaching studio, since 1999, he has offered constructive guidance to young organists by serving as the permanent festival artist and adjudicator for the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival and Competition/USA, held every September in greater Hartford, Connecticut. Current details on Frederick Hohman’s ever-expanding musical life are found on the internet at:

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