Ken Cowan | Ken Cowan Plays Organ Works by Dupre, Roger-Ducasse, Bach, Lemare and Manari on the 1930 Skinner Organ at Saint Peter's Church Morristown

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Ken Cowan Plays Organ Works by Dupre, Roger-Ducasse, Bach, Lemare and Manari on the 1930 Skinner Organ at Saint Peter's Church Morristown

by Ken Cowan

Organist Ken Cowan plays organ music favorites on the Skinner Organ at St Peter's Church, Morristown, New Jersey. Works by Manari, Lemare, Dupre Roger-Ducasees and JS Bach
Genre: Classical: Organ
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1. Salve Regina (Concert Study)
5:47 $0.99
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2. Rondo a Cappricco
3:21 $0.99
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3. 3 Preludes & Fugues for Organ, Op. 7 : No. 1 in B Major
6:28 $0.99
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4. 3 Preludes & Fugues for Organ, Op. 7 : No. 2 in F Minor
7:34 $0.99
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5. 3 Preludes & Fugues for Organ, Op. 7 : No. 3 in G Minor
7:24 $0.99
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6. Pastorale
12:05 $0.99
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7. Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542
12:11 $0.99
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8. Fugue in G Major, BWV 577 (The Jig Fugue)
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9. Variations on a Noel, Op. 20
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Ken Cowan performs a program spanning several periods and styles of music. While practically none of this music was composed for an American organ of the 1920s or 1930s, it achieves a tremendously beautiful effect, in the same way that the piano sonatas of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert communicate a broad range of emotion on a modern Steinway piano. Bach’s great Fantasy and Fugue in g minor and Jig Fugue demonstrate the transparent choruses of this Skinner Organ, as well as its rich tonal resources. Although the performance of pre-Romantic music on such a symphonic organ is now commonly considered heresy, it was very common at the time this instrument was designed and constructed. Contrasting is Lemare’s lighthearted Rondo a Capriccio (“A Study in Accents”), which requires an especially rapid Swell expression mechanism to achieve its nimble accents, unusual in the classical organ literature. The fantastically colorful Pastorale by Roger-Ducasse receives a performance among the most breathtaking in recent memory. Marcel Dupré’s Three Preludes and Fugues, Op. 7, Variations on a Noel, Op. 20 and Raffaele Manari’s rarely performed pedal etude on Salve Regina display Mr. Cowan's formidable instrumental command. Mr. Cowan’s art is fully demonstrated in this recording of a rare instrument with a comprehensive tonal pallet including gentle, beguiling and varied foundation tones, powerful and harmonically rich reeds and a bright and satisfying Diapason chorus. This is a disc intended for organists and non-organists alike who will enjoy experiencing a variety of masterworks performed on this warm and vibrant sounding Skinner instrument.

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