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American Classics - Sowerby: Organ Works /Craighead, Mulbury


Release Date: 01/19/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559028   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leo Sowerby
Performer:  David MulburyDavid CraigheadRita Lilly
Conductor:  John Welsh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fairfield Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the first truly American-born and -bred composers, Leo Sowerby wrote organ music that came straight from the heartland. From his early studies in Grand Rapids, Michigan to his successful career in Chicago, Sowerby revitalized organ music with a body of work rivaling Bach in terms of both quantity and quality.
Sowerby was fascinated by traditional forms, and his 'Classic Concerto' explores many of these structures. Within its three brief movements, it gives an excellent introduction to Sowerby's playful sense of harmony. 'Medieval Poem' and 'Pageant,' both written earlier, also delve into traditional themes.
'Festival Musick' is an audience favorite, bright and playful. Its sense of humor is evident to occasional listeners as
Read more well as those more intimately versed in organ music. Composed during a single week in summer, it is one of Sowerby's last compositions.
Both organists involved with this album have the remarkable technical skill and performing panache to bring Sowerby to life. The rich sound of the organ at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City and accompaniment of the Fairfield Orchestra have been captured masterfully. WORKS FOR ORGAN AND ORCHESTRA is a well-performed and expertly engineered recording. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Organ and Strings "Classic" by Leo Sowerby
Performer:  David Mulbury (Organ)
Conductor:  John Welsh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fairfield Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Venue:  St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City 
Length: 18 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Festival Musick by Leo Sowerby
Performer:  David Craighead (Organ), David Mulbury (Organ)
Conductor:  John Welsh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fairfield Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Venue:  St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City 
Length: 21 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3.
Pageant by Leo Sowerby
Performer:  David Craighead (Organ)
Conductor:  John Welsh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fairfield Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 05/04/1994 
Venue:  Live  St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Mediaeval Poem by Leo Sowerby
Performer:  Rita Lilly (Soprano), David Craighead (Organ)
Conductor:  John Welsh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fairfield Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Venue:  St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City 
Length: 19 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Classic Concerto for Organ and Strings: I. Merrily, with snap
Classic Concerto for Organ and Strings: II. Very freely
Classic Concerto for Organ and Strings: III. In broad style
Medieval Poem
Pageant
Festival Musick: I. Fanfare (Boldly)
Festival Musick: II. Chorale (Quietly)
Festival Musick: III. Toccata on "AGO" (With Verve)

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