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Lemare Affair
(Audio CD)
Frederick Hohman

Frederick Hohman plays virtuoso original organ music of Edwin Henry Lemare (1865-1934) on the Aeolian-Skinner organ of Church of the Epiphany, Washington, D.C.  The program is drawn from music composer during what is known as the peak years of Lemare’s career, from 1910 to 1920.

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Format: Digital Audio CD
Catalog number:  CD7007
Number of Tracks:  9
Total Length: 73:49
Organ: Aeolian-Skinner
Venue: Church of the Epiphany, Washington D.C.
Recorded: 10/31/1985
Released: 12/10/1985
Producer: Frederick Hohman
Notes Author: Frederick Hohman
Notes Language:    English
Graphics Format: 12pp book, traycard, jewelbox
UPC #: 636077700729

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Organists’ Review “Frederick Hohman’s playing has a deftness, a lightness of touch which lifts the music above its reputation of the last fifty years and demonstrates its worth as perfectly legitimate light relief in recital programmes.” – Paul Hale

The Absolute Sound ”The best CD of an American organ I‘ve heard so far” – Fox

The American Organist “he writes as if he had known the great man, and he plays as if instructed by the maestro with whom he so clearly identifies …74 minutes of rich, beautiful sounds …”

The Gramophone “…splendid performances of thoroughly enjoyable music on a mighty organ.”

The Tracker (Organ Historical Society) “Lemare’s music has a predilection toward the flamboyant. His, works, both programmatic and formal in structure, are entertaining, yet admirable for their musical qualities. They are enhanced here by the playing of Mr. Hohman. … Mr. Hohman’s playing is full of the showmanship and rubato so appropriate for this music. His adeptness at registration, consistent throughout this recording, is most apparent in the subtle works… Mr. Hohman has presented one of the more enjoyable additions to the organ enthusiast’s collection recently heard. The Lemare Affair is an appropriate title. I think you’ll love this one!” – Karl Loveland

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, from 1999 through 2010, he offered constructive guidance to young organists by serving as the 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:

01 • Concertstück in the form of a Polonaise, Opus 80 • Edwin H. Lemare • 7’35”
02 • Rondo Capriccio (A Study in Accents), Opus 64 • Edwin H. Lemare • 3’56”
03 • Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Opus 98 – Toccata • Edwin H. Lemare • 2’57”
04 • Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Opus 98 – Fugue • Edwin H. Lemare • 4’43”
05 • Lullaby, Opus 81 • Edwin H. Lemare • 3’39”
06 • Sonata No. 1 in F, Opus 95 – Maestoso – Piu animato • Edwin H. Lemare • 6′
07 • Sonata No. 1 in F, Opus 95 – Largo • Edwin H. Lemare • 7’54”
08 • Sonata No. 1 in F, Opus 95 – Scherzo • Edwin H. Lemare • 3’7″
09 • Sonata No. 1 in F, Opus 95 – Intermezzo • Edwin H. Lemare • 2’10”
10 • Sonata No. 1 in F, Opus 95 – Finale • Edwin H. Lemare • 6’29”
11 • The Bell Scherzo, Opus 89 • Edwin H. Lemare • 4’37”
12 • Concertstück in the form of a Tarantella, Opus 90 • Edwin H. Lemare • 6’27”
13 • Andantino in D-flat (1888) a.k.a. “Moonlight and Roses” • Edwin H. Lemare • 4’59”
14 • Fantasia and Fugue in E, Opus 99 – Fantasia • Edwin H. Lemare • 3’40”
15 • Fantasia and Fugue in E, Opus 99 – Fugue • Edwin H. Lemare • 4’47”

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