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Pictures of the Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen, France

by Cor Roeleveld, Sights and Sounds

Cavaille-Coll 1884 III/P/58. 18th Century case. Sounds of the organ in Abbaye aux Hommes Images, © Cor Roeleveld Sites to visit: http://www.culture.fr/culture/cavaille-coll/en/ http://st-etienne.ifrance.com/st-etienne/...

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Pictures of the Caudebec en Caux organ case, France

by Cor Roeleveld, Sights and Sounds

The 1543 case of the Grand Organ at Caudebec en Caux, France. Images, © Cor Roeleveld An excellent site about organs of Normandy:http://www.multimania.com/blecoq/orgues/accueil.htm

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Pictures of the Mander organs in NYC

by Lana Krakovskiy, Sights and Sounds

Organ crawls into the magnificent Manders in New York City.  

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Fifth Annual Guilmant Organ Recital Series at First Presbyterian Church, NYC

by admin, February 2005

In February and March, the fifth annual Guilmant Organ Recital Series will be presented at First Presbyterian Church. This recital series is given in recognition of the Guilmant Organ School, which opened its doors at First Presbyterian Church in October of 1899 and was the first accredited school in America to offer diplomas in Organ Performance and Sacred Music. This innovative and successful school, which was founded before many of today’s American music conservatories, gave musicians the opportunity to study with major international artists in America without having to travel abroad. Students came from all over the country and many major organ recitals were presented during this time. The Guilmant School moved from First Presbyterian Church in the early 1960s. All recitals are on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. and will last approximately one hour and are followed by a reception. A freewill offering will be received. February 6 at 4:00 p.m. ANTHONY PINEL, Organist Works by Saint-Saëns, Bach, Parry, Guilmant Anthony Pinel is Director of Music and Organist of St. Peter’s Church, Morristown, New Jersey. A native of England, Mr. Pinel is a graduate of Huddersfield and has served as Assistant Organist at Bristol Cathedral and Director of Music and Organist at St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. Recent recitals have included The Riverside Church, Princeton University Chapel, St. Mary the Virgin, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Boston. February 13 at 4:00 p.m. MARK BANI, Organist Works by Bach, Franck, Reubke Mark Bani is the music director and organist at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer here in New York City. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and from the Juilliard School. He has been heard on National Public Radio, both Pipedreams, and most recently, on Morning Edition. Mark Bani has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including first place winner of the New York City chapter National Young Artitsts’ Competition. March 6 at 4:00 pm WILLIAM ENTRIKEN, Organist Works by Bach, Schumann, Guilmant, Dupré William Entriken is Organist and Choirmaster at The First Presbyterian Church and founder of the Guilmant Organ Recital Series. In addition, Dr. Entriken is also Associate Adjunct Professor of Organ at New York University. Last fall, his recording of the new Rees Jones Memorial Pipe Organ in church’s Alexander Chapel was released. Read the history of the Guilmant Organ School at First Presbyterian Church Church Contact Details: First Presbyterian Church 12 W 12 Street New York, NY 10011 Telephone: (212) 675-6150 Fax: (212) 675-8674...

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Newly Restored Royal Albert Hall Organ

by admin, June 2004

We thought you’d be interested to know that the Royal Albert Hall will mark the completion of the great Organ’s first major refurbishment for 70 years by holding a Celebration Weekend in June and commissioning a new work for organ by leading British composer Howard Goodall for the occasion. The Royal Albert Hall’s Willis Organ was originally built to be one of the finest, largest and tonally most comprehensive instruments in the world. In fact, following the refurbishment, the Organ can now re-claim its position as the largest in the UK, boasting 9,999 pipes. The recent refurbishment began in 2001, at a cost of £1,700,000. The work has been carried out by Mander Organs as part of the Hall’s eight-year Building Development Programme. The enormous project has restored the magnificent instrument to a condition that will ensure its reliability for generations to come. To celebrate the completion of the restoration, we’re holding a weekend of concerts. On Saturday 26 June 2004at 7.30pm there’s the Inaugural Organ Concert. Discover the magnificent power, versatility and richness of expression of the instrument as three renowned organists, David Briggs, John Scott and Thomas Trotter perform a programme of virtuoso works by Bach, Poulenc, Barber, Liszt and Copland. Then we’re pulling out all the stops with Pipe Up at the Royal Albert Hall!, a concert suitable for all the family on Sunday 27 June 2004 at 3.30pm. Join us for the world premiere of Jason and the Argonauts, a Royal Albert Hall commission by leading British composer Howard Goodall, based on the famous story from Greek mythology and performed by Thomas Trotter. The piece features text by the Irish Poet, Theo Dorgan and uses the ‘voices’ of the Organ to tell the tale. This is preceded by Saint-Saëns’ glorious zoological fantasy, Carnival of the Animals. Families can also extend their afternoon even further and come along to our free family workshops! Fun and informal, these will take place in the Royal Albert Hall and are based on the music that will be performed at the concert. Discover how an organ is built and create some sounds of your own, or join in with the Carnival of the Animals workshop. Tickets for the workshop are free when you buy your concert tickets, available on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to availability. Information and an application pack will be sent with the tickets. For further details about the concerts or to book, please call the Royal Albert Hall Box Office on 020 7838 3106 or book online at www.royalalberthall.com. Tickets are priced from £10 – £27.50 for the Inaugural Organ Concert and £5 – £15 for Pipe Up at the Royal Albert Hall! Come and experience the power and majesty of the Royal Albert Hall’s great ‘Willis’ Organ as it returns to the world’s stage. We’d be grateful if you’d help us spread the word and look forward to welcoming you to the Royal Albert Hall for this exciting and historic...

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Iveta Apkalna, Award Winner

by admin, Februrary 2004

July 2005 P R E S S R E L E A S E Iveta Apkalna, concert organist from Riga/Latvia has just been awarded with one of the most prestigious prizes for classical music in Europe and the world, the Germany-based “ECHO-Klassik”.Iveta Apkalna is receiving the award in the category “Instrumentalist of the Year” together with a.o. Anne Sophie Mutter (violin) and Helene Grimaud (piano).Since its foundation in 1994 the “ECHO-Klassik, Instrumentalist of the Year” had never gone to an organist.Iveta, who was as a 16-year-old officially nominated organist during pope John Paul II’s visit to Latvia in 1993 and accompanied the Pope’s mass in Anglona is nowadays trying to free the organ from being considered a church instrument only. She is striving for a renaissance of the “Queen of Instruments” and wants a broad public to perceive organ also as a normal concert instrument in concert halls and philharmonies.As Naji Hakim says: ” A noble popular intention is in the heart of this admirable and most respectable artist of the organ scene.” (The Gramophone, March 2005). Iveta Apkalna is awarded the “ECHO” for her latest CD with the title “Himmel & Hoelle” (Edition Hera, HER2117), recorded on the Rieger-organ of St. Martin´s church in Wangen/Allgau, Germany. The awarding will be live-broadcast on German TV channel “ZDF”, October 16th, 2005. More Info: Winners of the ECHO award (in German) Lukas Pollack, Germany, concert management and public relations Iveta Apkalna lpollack@gmx.net November 2004 Samples (MP3): Aivars Kalejs: Toccata über den Choral von J. S. Bach “Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr” Franz Liszt: Legende Nr. 1: Die Vogelpredigt des Hl.Franziskus von Assisi, Transkr. G. Berger  Petr Eben: Walpurgisnacht, VIII aus dem Faust – Zyklus Sergej Prokofjew: Toccata, op. 11, Transkr. von Jean Guillou  Sergej Prokofjew: Marsch aus der Oper “Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen” op. 33, Transkr. von Jean Guillou Seventy-two minutes of sacred & sorcery pieces are presented on Iveta Apkalna’s latest CD “Himmel und Hölle” (Heaven & Hell) produced by the German label “Edition Hera”, recorded on the splendid German/French romantic Rieger organ of St. Martin’s church in Wangen/Allgäu (Germany) from 1987. This production is marking due to the outstanding quality of the performing artist and due to the exceptional capacity of its sound engineer and producer Ralph Kulling a fixed star in the universe of organ CDs. Iveta Apkalna presents pieces that have hardly or never been performed (3 world premier recordings) displaying and mastering a repertoire on this CD in total which is setting a new scale for performers on the “Queen of Instruments” worldwide.Two of the most tricky and demanding pieces in organ literature, Reger’s transcription of Liszt’s second piano legend “St. Francis of Paula walking on the waves” and Sergej Prokfjew’s legendary “Toccata op. 11” transcribed by Jean Guillou are included and realized by Apkalna with stunning skill. Even more astounding and breathtaking are the Latvian star-organist’s interpretations of two mere pedal pieces, Hakim’s “Quatre Etudes-Caprices” and Thalben-Ball’s “Variations on a theme of Paganini”. As a consequence of this, one of Germany’s most observed printed publications in classical music, the “Klassikmagazin Crescendo” did not hesitate to draw public attention towards the organ’s most remarkable shooting star in ages by making Iveta Apkalna the cover-story of their actual December/Christmas issue. Iveta’s CDs are distributed in the US by Albany Music Distributors 915 Broadway Albany, NY 12207 tel: 518-436-8814 fax: 518-436-0643 and can be purchased here: ArkivMusic LLC – The Source for Classical Recordings 360 W 55 ST New York NY 10019 212 586 1504 518 692 1133 Lukas Pollack, Germany, concert management and public relations Iveta Apkalna lpollack@gmx.net July...

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