Magazine article The Tracker

Symphonic Masterpieces of Grieg and Franck

Magazine article The Tracker

Symphonic Masterpieces of Grieg and Franck

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Symphonic Masterpieces of Grieg and Franck. Edvard Grieg, arr. Richard Ellsasser, From Holberg's Time (Suite in Antique Style), Op. 40: Prelude, Sarabande, Gavotte, Rigaudon; César Franck, arr. Calvin Hampton, Symphony in D minor. Thomas Murray, organist. St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Houston, Tex., IV/80 Schoenstein organ, Op. 145. Delos DE3525. One of the finest of symphonic concert organ artists is certainly Thomas Murray, following in the grand tradition of W.T. Best and Edwin H. Lemare. For this new Delos recording, Murray has selected two superb vehicles as well as one of the finest symphonic organs built by the Schoenstein Organ Company. When Jack Bethards became president of the company, he changed its tonal concepts, utilizing today's technology to build superb instruments for churches, concert halls, and universities.

This instrument's tonal design has everything needed to perform Romantic symphonic transcriptions: lush strings, large orchestral solo reeds, including bright trumpets and outstanding tubas, broad diapasons, and warm orchestral flutes. …

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