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Organ Music Of Ned Rorem - Fantasy, Etc / Ronald Prowse


Release Date: 07/25/2000 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 398   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ronald Prowse
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

ORGAN MUSIC OF NED ROREM is a poetic collage of musical ideas that display the virtuosity of organist Ronald Prowse. As a lecturing expert on the organ music of Ned Rorem, Prowse easily shows his deep understanding of these works.
The opening Fantasy and Toccata is tuneful and based on the Kyrie from a Gregorian mass. Prowse's performance is meditative, smoothly moving into the lively Toccata with ease. The syncopated Fantasy from 'Organbook I' was, in Rorem's own words, meant to be "more technically plain." Gradated from easy to quite difficult, this work uses ostinato accompaniment along with contrasting melodic material to make for a unique, lyric piece. The symmetrically odd "Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani?" from 'Organbook II' is
Read more structurally magnificent, as the commandment of notes is mastered by Prowse's technical proficiency. Excerpts from 'Organbook III' are filled with irregular note groupings that use Rorem's twelve-tone compositional techniques. Contrasted from the bombastic, to the solemnly reverent, The Six Pieces for Organ are juxtaposing movements that similarly tell a climactic story. This is a must have addition for the modern organ listener. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasie and Toccata for Organ by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ronald Prowse (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
2.
Organbook no 1: Fantasy by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ronald Prowse (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
3.
Organbook no 2: Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani? by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ronald Prowse (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
4.
Organbook no 3 by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ronald Prowse (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
5.
Pastorale for Organ by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ronald Prowse (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
6.
Pieces (6) for Organ by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Ronald Prowse (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 

Sound Samples

Fantasy and Toccata: Fantasy
Fantasy and Toccata: Toccata
Organbook I: I. Fantasy
Organbook II: V. Eli, Eli lama sabachthani?
Organbook III: I. Rondo
Organbook III: II. Impromptu
Organbook III: III. Passacaglia
Organbook III: IV. Fanfare
Organbook III: V. Fugue
Pastorale
6 Pieces: No. 1. To Tallis
6 Pieces: No. 2. Why and Because
6 Pieces: No. 3. The Flight to Egypt
6 Pieces: No. 4. Entreat Me Not
6 Pieces: No. 5. Cortege
6 Pieces: No. 6. Touch and Go

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