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Craighead-Saunders Organ

The Craighead-Saunders Organ

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by William Porter

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Loft Recordings


  1. Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, chorale partita for organ, BWV 768 (BC K96)
  2. Organ Sonata No. 1 in F minor/F major, Op. 65/1
  3. Sonata for organ in F major, H. 84, Wq. 70/3

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The Craighead-Saunders Organ 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
howsweetthesound More than 1 year ago
Trying to find the very best of the organ world? There are many places to search, but why not begin with the BEST: the Organ built after the 1776 Casparini in Vilnius, Lithuania, built new (2007—2009) in Christ Church, Rochester, NY, USA, as part of the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. It honors two giants of the organ world, David Craighead and Russell Saunders, professors who worked to develop the phenomenal organ department at Eastman. Mr. Craighead, now retired, was International Performer of the Year for 1983. Mr. Saunders, also much acclaimed, died in 1992. Bellows Treaders??!! Stop Pullers!! Really!! Authentic to the last details! Surely there is a motorized mechanism for the bellows. Gotta see this!! Description of the fine organ to showcase the talents of faculty Davidsson, Higgs, and Porter reads like an exciting historic rediscovery, reason enough alone to purchase this CD. The booklet further explains the compositions included in this 2010 recording to the luxurious benefit of the student. Then the recital begins, to display the almost unbelievably gorgeous sound coming from the 33 speaking stops of this two-manual-and-pedal instrument. The first clever piece introduces the listener to the organ; it reaches out and pulls in the audience as surely as a drawknob. Next the Bach Partita Hail to Thee, My Jesu, Lowly causes the listener to marvel, as each of the eleven variations seems more beautiful than the one before. Works from C.P.E. Bach, Krebs, and Kittel conform more to traditional organ recital expectations, perhaps appealing more to students and organists than to general audiences. Then Mendelssohn’s Sonata I arrives, to reawaken the colors and nuances the audience craves, just as the composer revived interest in the master J.S. Bach during the 19th century. The recital concludes with a dedicatory commission by Herchenroder to reinforce the awareness of history, connectedness, and progress between countries and centuries in the music world of the organ. With this CD bringing attention to the work of the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI), collaboration with excellent organists and builders, and celebration of music study and performance, the continuing preeminence of the Eastman reputation is assured for generations to come.