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Charles-Marie Widor: Symphonie pour orgue No. 6 op. 42 no. 2

Pipe Organ on September 22, 2013 03:38

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    The Restoration of the pipe organ at Our Lady of Refuge Church is now complete thanks to the help and support from many. Boston Organist Mark Dwyer recorded Widor's Final from Symphony # 6 on September 15, 2013 at Our Lady of Refuge in Brooklyn. We thank him for taking the time to come and record this work - as his donation to the organ restoration project. This is a unedited performance.

    The pipe organ will be played in public for the first time since the restoration on October 18, 2013 at its dedication and blessing. Olivier Latry, one of the world's most celebrated organists, a titular at Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris will play the organ. Before the recital begins Bishop Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio, the Ordinary of Brooklyn, will bless the organ with Father Michael Perry, Pastor of Our Lady of Refuge Church using a catholic French blessing service - in which Olivier Latry will improvise on the organ in between short prayers.
    You should buy your tickets in advance. The parish has already purchase a large number of tickets.

    Restoration carried out by:
    A. R. Schopp's Sons, Inc. is the largest supplier of organ pipes in the United States today.
    Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. is is one of the finest organbuilding firms in the USA today.

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    • Richard Harrold
      Richard Harrold at 3.13 on October 20, 2013 03:05

      This has now proved itself to be a truly first-rate instrument: it may be only 25 ranks and cheat a bit with some extension, but I do not regret the comparison I made with Westminster Cathedral. It doesn't have quite that instrument's silvery sheen of pure brilliance, but the flutes, diapasons and reeds are all very recognisably Willis III style and this is certainly an organ of tremendous quality. I hope very much that Friday night's reinauguration was the success it was expected to be, with no teething troubles from the organ! It will be great to see a new musical tradition develop around this utter gem. Now, given the number of excellent organs going begging in the USA (including a 4-manual E & G. G. Hook!), has anyone investigated the weight-bearing capabilities of that spacious-looking west end gallery? ;-)

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