The Orchestral Organ
Sonic Splendor! Amazing organ performances give new dimensions to beloved orchestral favorites.
2020 GRAMMY® Nominee for Best Immersive Audio Album, Best Classical Instrumental Solo, and Producer of the Year, Classical
In the 19th and early 20th century, organists of exceptional artistic skill developed organ transcriptions of orchestral music into a true art form. Each of the works on this disc is spectacular in its original form. To create The Orchestral Organ, we have chosen works of many different composers, adapted into organ transcriptions of the highest artistic order. These transcriptions are not intended for comparison with, or replacement of, the original orchestral versions. In presenting them we are offering fascinating new dimensions for these compositions, whether familiar or new to the listener. Within the pieces are a variety of tone colors and compositional details that exhibit the remarkable abilities of organist Jan Kraybill, and showcase the spectacular Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall in Kansas City.
Dr. Jan Kraybill is a musical leader, performer, educator, organ consultant, and enthusiastic advocate for the power of music to change lives for the better. She is Organ Conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, and Organist-in-Residence at the international headquarters of Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri. In these roles she plays and oversees the care of three of the Kansas City metro area’s largest pipe organs: the 113-rank Aeolian-Skinner and 102-rank Casavant organs in Community of Christ’s Auditorium and Temple, and the 102-rank Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall, where The Orchestral Organ was recorded. Dr. Kraybill has performed as a soloist, collaborative artist, and hymn festival designer/leader in many venues in the U.S. and in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Tahiti, The Netherlands, and The United Kingdom. She has been featured at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Hymn Society, and other musicians’ organizations; and on American Public Media’s Pipedreams and other broadcasts. This is her third album release with Reference Recordings.
Bonus TrackTwo different transcriptions of Verdi’s Grand March from Aïda were recorded by Jan Kraybill for The Orchestral Organ project. Track 11 on the album features the 1885 organ transcription by Harry Rowe Shelley (1858-1947). This bonus track features the 1931 organ transcription by Edwin Henry Lemare (1865-1934): https://soundcloud.com/reference-recordings/bonus-track-verdi-grand-march-from-aida-edwin-henry-lemare
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On This Recording
- Coronation March* (5:58) Barber
- Adagio for Strings (9:55) Gounod
- Funeral March of a Marionette (5:22) Holst
- Chaconne, from First Suite for Military Band, Op. 28, No. 1* (5:16) Sibelius
- Finlandia (8:50) Řezníček
- Praeludium and Chromatic Fugue** (13:39) Saint-Saëns
- Romance, from Orchestral Suite in D, Op. 49 (6:03) Wagner
- Forest Murmurs, from Siegfried* (4:23) Mendelssohn
- Scherzo, from A Midsummer Night's Dream (6:23) Järnefelt
- Praeludium for small orchestra (3:10) Verdi
- Grand March, from Aïda