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Lead Me To Calvary
(Audio CD)
Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh

The choir of Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, with Alan Lewis, director of music and organist, and Thomas P. Smith organ scholar, perform a varied program of choral music from the Anglican tradition, with some organ solos on the Casavant organ.

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Format: Digital Audio CD
Label:  PRO ORGANO
Catalog Number:  CD 7159
Length:  71′ 51″
Tracks: 14
Organ: Casavant
Venue: Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, PA
Recorded:  05/07/2002
Released:  11/16/2002
Producer: Frederick Hohman
Notes Author:  Alan Lewis
Notes Language: English
Graphics Format: 8pp book, traycard, jewel box
UPC #: 63607771592x

Here is a fine program of organ and choral music, making the best use of the glorious Casavant that was installed during Don Wilkins tenure at Calvary. The program opens with the Bruhns Praeludium in G which, like many works of that name at the time, is a wonderful multi-section prelude and fugue. Other organ works on the disc are the Deuxieme Fantaisie of Alain, three verses of the deGrigny Pange Lingua, and the Franck Piece Haroique. (Alan Lewis performs all of the organ selections.) Two hymns are featured: Ye Holy angels bright (in Lewis’s arrangehe church and, in all fairness, is a part of our long Anglican heritage – at least it is sung with kindness and honesty.Here is a fine program of organ and choral music, making the best use of the glorious Casavant that was installed during Don Wilkins tenure at Calvary. The program opens with the Bruhns Praeludium in G which, like many works of that name at the time, is a wonderful multi-section prelude and fugue. Other organ works on the disc are the Deuxieme Fantaisie of Alain, three verses of the deGrigny Pange Lingua, and the Franck Piece Haroique. (Alan Lewis performs all of the organ selections.) Two hymns are featured: Ye Hold angels bright (in Lewis’s arrangement) and Lead me to Calvary. The latter is not, I fear, one of the great hymns of our heritage, but it does fit the name of the church and, in all fairness, is a part of our long Anglican heritage – at least it is sung with kindness and honesty.

The anthems represent a wise selection. From the 20th century we have Anthony Piccolo’s fine “O hear us, Lord” (RSCM) and the superlative “And is there care in heaven” by Stephen Plank (apparently unpublished, but set to a glorious text by the 16-century poet Edmund Spenser). If scores can be made available this work should enter the repertory of every capable parish choir. Some “standards” complete the program: two anthems of Bairstow and the Morning Canticles in B-flat of Stanford.

The choral sound is excellent, though I needed the liner texts to follow all of the words. The organ sound is glorious, and attention to musical detail and understanding is evident throughout. Full texts, brief notes, singers, and the organ stoplist are all included.

– Victor Hill, Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians (November 2005).

01 • Fanfare for “Ru” • John Ayer • 1’1″
02 • Sonata in C Minor Op 65 No 2 – Grave • Felix Mendelssohn • 1’40”
03 • Sonata in C Minor Op 65 No 2 – Adagio • Felix Mendelssohn • 3’13”
04 • Sonata in C Minor Op 65 No 2 – Allegro maestoso e vivace • Felix Mendelssohn • 2’12”
05 • Sonata in C Minor Op 65 No 2 – Fuga: Allegro moderato • Felix Mendelssohn • 3’53”
06 • Cantilène improvisée • Charles Tournemire • 4’25”
07 • Petite rapsodie improvisée • Charles Tournemire • 3’39”
08 • Choral in E major • César Franck • 15’40”
09 • Prelude on “Rhosymedre” • Ralph Vaughan Williams • 4’23”
10 • Adagio in E major • Frank Bridge • 5’41”
11 • Prelude on Three Spirituals • Rulon Christiansen • 3’26”
12 • Prelude 2 • Edward Diemente • 4’7″
13 • L’Orgue Mystique – 23rd Sunday After Pentecost – I – Senza rigore • Charles Tournemire • 1’26”
14 • L’Orgue Mystique – 23rd Sunday After Pentecost – II – Calmato ben moderato • Charles Tournemire • 2’45”
15 • L’Orgue Mystique – 23rd Sunday After Pentecost – III – Senza rigore • Charles Tournemire • 1’28”
16 • L’Orgue Mystique – 23rd Sunday After Pentecost – IV – Largo • Charles Tournemire • 2’47”
17 • L’Orgue Mystique – 23rd Sunday After Pentecost – V – Fantaisie sur le Te Deum et Guirlander Alleluiatiques • Charles Tournemire • 6’4″

John Ayer
JOHN AYER has received praise and accolades from church musicians and sacred music devotees on both sides of the Atlantic for his work as founder and musical director of the Memphis Boychoir and Memphis Chamber Choir. From 1990 through 2003, while serving as Organist and Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, his choirs explored and showcased new ­composers and repertoire. Learn more…