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Format: Digital Audio Compact Disc
Label: PRO ORGANO
Catalog Number: CD 7277
Length: 76′ 06″
Organ: 1936 G. Donald Harrison Aeolian-Skinner
Venue: The Church of the Advent (Episcopal), Boston
Producer: Frederick Hohman
© Copyright 2017 Zarex Corporation.
UPC #: 63607 77277 2 6
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Fanfare, November-December 2017, Jerry Dubins
[Excerpt] Fresh off her first prize win at the 2016 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, Katelyn Emerson has produced this very impressive album of organ works, spanning over 300 years of organ history; and but for only a number of notable exceptions—César Franck, for one—she has managed to include a representative sampling of the most important contributors to the instrument’s repertoire. Emerson performs her recital on the mighty Aeolian-Skinner Organ, op. 940, at Boston’s Church of the Advent, where she was serving as associate organist and choirmaster at the time this recording was made in January 2017. Originally constructed in 1936, updated in 1964 (op. 964-A), and restored by Nelson Barden Associates, Inc., between 1978 and 2005, the three-manual-plus-pedal organ, in its current state, has a total of 77 ranks, 57 stops, and 4,529 pipes. …..
….. Katelyn Emerson has given us an organ recital that is masterful in execution, in turns majestic in its musical power and deeply moving in its ministering comfort. I must add, though, that Emerson is but half the grandeur and glory of this program. The other half is the Aeolian- Skinner organ, one of the most stunning instruments of its type I’ve heard on record. For all organ aficionados, this album is a must. – Jerry Dubins
The American Organist, October 2018, Vol. 52, No. 10, pp. 92, Jonathan B. Hall
[Excerpt] She (Emerson) took first prize in the 2016 NYACOP, and this CD, which prominently displays the Guild’s logo, is part of the impressive award package. This would be basis enough to encourage your interest. However, this recording delivers much more than promised.
Kudos first of all to the Zarex Corporation, which produces CDs under the Pro Organo label, for the excellent production values on this recording. The organ is captured faithfully, right down to the resonant bass tones. As to the performances, Emerson plays beautifully, with stylistic sensitivity and great technical flair. Perhaps my favorite track is the Tournemire Victimae paschali. Here, Emerson plays not only beautifully but also with passion and personal engagement—a glimpse of the mature artist coming into being. I feel the same way about the opening track …..
….. While most of the music on this recording (except Thierry Escaich’s Évocation III from 2008) is well known, this recording is more than a “calling card”; it is a worthy and worthwhile recording from a young master and it deserves your attention. The overall style and approach are essentially conservative, which suits the music well and from which many aspiring organists can learn. The sustained high quality of the performances is something in which all of us may take joy.” – Jonathan B. Hall