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Organ Sensation / Felix Hell


Release Date: 09/30/2003 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 101   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz LisztFelix Alexandre GuilmantLouis VierneJoseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Felix Hell
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Prof. Johnson brilliantly captures the spectacular sounds of the massive Schoenstein Organ of First-Plymouth Congregational Church, Lincoln Nebraska. Felix Hell is one of the most exciting and remarkable organists on today's concert scene. His virtuosity and dazzling technique, and his profound understanding of the music is all the more remarkable in a musician just 17 years of age! He is gaining an international reputation as an up-and-coming superstar of the King of Instruments, and his gifts are fully on display in this recording of some of the greatest of the organ masterworks by Liszt (the great Fantasy and Fugue on Ad Nos ad Salutarem Undam, and the Prelude and Fugue on B.A.C.H.), Guilmant (Sonata No. 1), Vierne (Finale from Symphony Read more No. 1) and Rheinberger ("Evening Peace").

"The newest CD from Felix Hell is a sonic blockbuster that may become a contender for status as one of the best organ recordings ever. . . For those who have been reading about Felix but have not heard him in concert, especially on a large instrument, THIS is the CD to purchase. . . Turn down the lights, crank up the volume and revel in it!" -- Rich Blacklock, PIPORG-L
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasy and Fugue for Organ, S 259 "Ad nos, ad salutarem" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Felix Hell (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  1st Plymouth Cong. Church, Lincoln, NE 
2.
Prelude and Fugue for Organ on B-A-C-H, S 260 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Felix Hell (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855/1870; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  1st Plymouth Cong. Church, Lincoln, NE 
3.
Sonata for Organ no 1 in D minor, Op. 42 by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Felix Hell (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
Venue:  1st Plymouth Cong. Church, Lincoln, NE 
4.
Symphony for Organ no 1 in D minor, Op. 14: 6th movement, Final by Louis Vierne
Performer:  Felix Hell (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; France 
Venue:  1st Plymouth Cong. Church, Lincoln, NE 
5.
Abendfriede, Op. 52 no 5 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Felix Hell (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Venue:  1st Plymouth Cong. Church, Lincoln, NE 

Sound Samples

Organ Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 42: I. Introduction et allegro
Organ Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 42: II. Pastorale
Organ Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 42: III. Final
6 Charakteristische Stucke, Op. 67: No. 1. Abendfriede
Organ Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 14: VI. Final
Prelude and Fugue on the name B-A-C-H, S260/R381: Prelude
Prelude and Fugue on the name B-A-C-H, S260/R381: Fugue
Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by G. Meyerbeer, S259/R380: Moderato
Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by G. Meyerbeer, S259/R380: Marziale
Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by G. Meyerbeer, S259/R380: Recitativo
Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by G. Meyerbeer, S259/R380: Adagio
Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by G. Meyerbeer, S259/R380: Andante
Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by G. Meyerbeer, S259/R380: Un poco piu di moto
Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by G. Meyerbeer, S259/R380: Adagio
Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by G. Meyerbeer, S259/R380: Allegro
Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by G. Meyerbeer, S259/R380: Fugue
Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by G. Meyerbeer, S259/R380: Vivace

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