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Sowerby At Trinity / Faythe Freese, Bobby Lewis


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 368   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leo Sowerby
Performer:  Faythe FreeseBobby Lewis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Suite for Organ (1933-34) is a collection of four works unrelated in form or theme: Choral and Fugue, Fantasy for Flute Stops, Air with Variations and March. Nevertheless, Sowerby recommended that the movements not be played separately, but together, as an organic whole, as Dr. Freese has done on this recording. Although the composer wrote many solo organ works, he also composed pieces that combined the organ with other instruments, such as Fantasy for Trumpet and Organ (1961). At the head of the score, Sowerby wrote: "The organ registration must be bright and carefully balanced to the trumpet; it should be very clear, avoiding too much foundation tone and, except perhaps in the closing sections, all celestes. A liberal use of 4', 2' Read more and Mixtures is suggested in the quicker sections." Sowerby's Symphony No. 4 was premiered by Koussevitsky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra on January 7, 1949. The composer was so impressed by the playing of the English hornist Louis Speyer, that he wrote his Ballade for him. It was premiered by Speyer and E. Power Biggs on a CBS radio program on June 12, 1949. Dr. Freese makes a major contribution to the Sowerby recorded legacy with her performance of Rhapsody. This seldom heard work is huge; a major work of heroic proportions. During his Prix de Rome stay, Sowerby was impressed by the playing of the young Italian virtuoso, Fernando Germani, organist at the Vatican. When Sowerby returned to the U.S., he wrote Pageant, a pedal extravaganza, as a challenge to this sure footed performer. Germani accepted the challenge and said after seeing the score; "Now write me something really difficult." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Organ by Leo Sowerby
Performer:  Faythe Freese (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Venue:  Trinity Episcopal Church, Toledo, Ohio 
2.
Fantasy for Trumpet and Organ, H 380 by Leo Sowerby
Performer:  Faythe Freese (Organ), Bobby Lewis (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USA 
Venue:  Trinity Episcopal Church, Toledo, Ohio 
3.
Ballade for English Horn and Organ by Leo Sowerby
Performer:  Bobby Lewis (Flugelhorn), Faythe Freese (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Venue:  Trinity Episcopal Church, Toledo, Ohio 
4.
Rhapsody for Organ by Leo Sowerby
Performer:  Faythe Freese (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Trinity Episcopal Church, Toledo, Ohio 
5.
Pageant by Leo Sowerby
Performer:  Faythe Freese (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Trinity Episcopal Church, Toledo, Ohio 

Sound Samples

Suite: I. Chorale and Fugue
Suite: II. Fantasy for Flute Stops
Suite: III. Air with Variations
Suite: IV. March
Fantasy
Ballade (arr. for flugelhorn and organ)
Rhapsody
Pageant

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