Jimmy Culp, one of our favorite organists, plays our favorite Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1173, at First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, Texas, where he has been organist since 1982. Featured in this recording are three pieces written especially for Opus 1173 by the man who designed the organ and presided over it as organist-choirmaster for over 40 years - Roy Perry. Perry's own masterpiece, "Christos Patterakis," his transcriptions of Bach's "Adagio Cantabile" and the legendary Davies "A Solemn Melody," transcribed for G. Donald Harrison, president of Aeolian-Skinner at the time this organ was built (the console bears his signature). Culp beautifully demonstrates the organ's limitless range of expression and color, from its lush, shimmering strings and vox humana, hauntingly beautiful solo reeds and flues, to the glory of its full organ brilliance and the famous Trompette-en-Chamade (the first one in an organ in the United States!). Any lover of music, and especially Aeolian-Skinner organs, should own this disk!
Complete play list:
Ketèlby: In A Monastery Garden
Improvisation on "Abide With Me"
Traditional: Londonderry Air
Callahan: Improvisation on "Were you There"
Callahan: Trumpet Tune
Dubois: Fiat Lux
Rowley: Chorale Prelude on "Crimond"
Sowerby: Prelude on Song 46
Handel: Largo from "Xerxes"
von Paradis: Sicilienne
Roy Perry: Christos Patterakis
Davies, arr. Perry: Solemn Melody
Bach, arr. Perry: Adagio Cantabile