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FrenchFest!
(Audio CD)
Mark Laubach

Mark Laubach plays 8 of the more popular selections from the 19th and 20th century French organ music repertory, on the Berghaus organ of Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, Illinois USA.

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Format: Digital Audio CD
Label:  PRO ORGANO
Catalog Number:  CD 7052
Length: 71′ 21″
Tracks:  8
Organ: Berghaus
Venue: Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, Illinois USA
Recorded: 04/23/1997
Released: 12/01/1997
Producer: Frederick Hohman
Notes Author: Mark Laubach
Notes Language: English
Graphics Format: 8pp book, traycard, jewel box
UPC #: 636077705229

Christianity and the Arts “In each of the works on this disc, Laubach demonstrates a complete command of the music as well as the instrument and acoustical environment. The performances are exhilarating as well as musically satisfying.” – Morgan Simmons

Organists Review
… Mark Laubach, one of the country’s most outstanding younger players, chooses a romantic and post-romantic French programme to display the fine Berghaus 1987 reconstruction … Mark Laubach shows us just what it can do in his exceptionally musical and compelling playing. His programme is well-balanced, and shows … just what a sensitive player he is. – Paul Hale

The American Organist “Laubach is a master of these spacious French classics. The IV 65 Skinner / Schlicker / Berghaus of 1987 sounds great. Franck‘s Fantaisie in C is the prize piece here.” – Vernon Gotwals

The American Record Guide “… Laubach demonstrates a good understanding of the style. His Tournemire is really outstanding in every musical way –“ – Metz – May/June 1998

The Organ This CD is a wonderful survey of the French Symphonic School … Laubach plays with great panache and obviously has great empathy for the music of the French Symphonic School. Warmly recommended. – JR

01 • Choral-Improvisation on Victimae paschali laudes (as reconstructed by Maurice Duruflé from a recording) • Charles Tournemire • 9’25”
02 • Lamento, Opus 24 • Marcel Dupré • 8’30”
03 • Variations on a Noel, Opus 20 • Marcel Dupré • 11’25”
04 • Fantaisie in C, Opus 16 • César Franck • 11’50”
05 • Scherzo, Opus 2 • Maurice Duruflé • 6’12”
06 • Prelude and Fugue on the name ALAIN, Opus 7 • Maurice Duruflé • 11’59”
07 • Postlude for the Office of Compline • Jehan Alain • 4’34”
08 • Carillon de Westminster, from Pièces de Fantaisie, Opus 54 • Louis Vierne • 6’56”

Updated May, 2015. Since January 1986 Mark Laubach has served as Organist and Choirmaster of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, the Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Bethlehem, where he administers an active liturgical and choral music program, concert series, and Music from St. Stephen’s, a radio broadcast heard weekly on WVIA 89.9 FM Public Radio. In 2008 Bishop Paul Marshall made Mark Honorary Canon Precentor of the Diocese in recognition of his accomplishments and contributions to the musical and liturgical life of the Diocese of Bethlehem.

Mark Laubach received a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music from Westminster Choir College and a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. He served for one year as Fellow in Church Music at Washington National Cathedral. His organ teachers have included Clinton Miller, George Markey, Donald McDonald, and David Craighead. Since winning first prize in the 1984 American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Young Artists’ Competition in Organ Performance, Mark has performed in many of the most prominent churches and concert halls in the USA and in Great Britain and Germany. Notable UK recitals have included appearances at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, and cathedrals in Bristol, Chichester, Gloucester, Lincoln, Norwich, and Wells. He is a frequent recitalist, clinician, presenter of hymn festivals, and competition adjudicator for National and Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and National and Regional Conferences of the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM). He has recorded three critically acclaimed compact discs on the Pro Organo label: Teutonic Titanics, French Fest, and Mosaics in Sound. Canon Laubach teaches organ students privately and at Marywood University in Scranton. He is represented by the Concert Artists Cooperative, based in Sebastopol, California.

Canon Laubach will begin a very busy summer in 2015 in late June and early July when he will serve for a fourth time as a Lay Deputy from the Diocese of Bethlehem to the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, and fulfill an appointment by the President of the House of Deputies to serve on the convention’s Prayer Book, Liturgy, and Church Music legislative committee. In late July he will be the host and principal organist for the King’s College Summer Choir Training Course of the Royal School of Church Music in America, held annually at St. Stephen’s since 1995. From August 3 through 9 he will accompany members of the St. Stephen’s Choir and the choirs and their directors from Church of the Holy Spirit in Harleysville, PA and Immanuel Church on the Green in New Castle, Delaware in serving as the choir-in-residence at Winchester Cathedral in England.

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