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Format: Digital Audio CD
Label: PRO ORGANO
Catalog Number: CD 7198
Length: 68′ 57″
Organ: Fisk Opus 92
Venue: Church of the Tranfiguration, New York City, New York USA
Producer: Frederick Hohman
Notes Author: David Henry
Notes Language: English
Graphics Format: 8pp book, traycard, jewel box
UPC #: 636077719820
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“The Old World is represented here by well-known works of Mozart (Fantasia, KV608), Buxtehude (Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne, BuxWV 137), Sweelinck (Echo Fantasia) and J. S. Bach. The Fisk, Op. 92, is ideally suited to these works, and Dumschat uses it wisely and well. The marvelous Bach Prelude and fugue in A minor (BWV543) sparkles. I suppose we will have to wait till we all reach Heaven to ask Bach himself whether “Wer nut den lieben Gott lasst walten” (BWV 642) should be played softly and reflectively (as Dumschat does) or forte and vigorously (my preference). One of my perennial favorites of the Orgelbuchlein is “Wenn wir in hochsten Nothen sein,” and it sounds lovely on the Fisk.
I found the sudden transition from the intimate Bach to the sunburst of Ned Rorem’s Fanfare and fugue a bit jarring – perhaps a longer space between track would helped. It is, however, marvelous to have a spirited performance of this intriguing work. Perhaps even more striking is Ascent by Joan Tower, her first (1996) work for organ. Dumschat deserves much credit to committing these two fascinating pieces to disc.
The program concludes with two audience-pleasing variations: Dupre on a Noel and Ives on America. The III / 49 Fisk, basically Germanic in design, sounds splendid in the 20th-century works, showing once again that a well-designed instrument is remarkably versatile.
David Henry provides literate notes; a biography of Dumschat and the specification of the Fisk are included.
Victor Hill – The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians – April 2006
01 • Fantasia in F minor, KV 608 • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart • edition by Anthony Newman • 11’57”
02 • Prelude, Fugue and Ciacone in C, BuxWV 137 • Dietrich Buxtehude • 5’4″
03 • Echo Fantasia • Jan Pietersoon Sweelinck • 4’34”
04 • Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543 – Prelude • Johann Sebastian Bach • 3’22”
05 • Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543 – Fugue • Johann Sebastian Bach • 5’43”
06 • Choral Prelude: Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 642 • Johann Sebastian Bach • 2’7″
07 • Choral Prelude: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641 • Johann Sebastian Bach • 1’56”
08 • Fanfare and Fugue from Organbook III • Ned Rorem • 5’16”
09 • Ascent • Joan Tower • 7’40”
10 • Variations on a Noël, Opus 20 • Marcel Dupré • 12’37”
11 • Variations on America • Charles Ives • 8’37”
Claudia Dumschat is Organist and Choirmaster at Church of the Transfiguration, a national landmark also known as “The Little Church Around The Corner,” in Manhattan. The church hosts an active concert series and a professional choir of men and boys, the oldest such choir not affiliated with a school in the city. Learn more…