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In a Quiet Cathedral
Johannes Brahms, Giuseppe Tartini, Ralph Vaughan Williams
In a Quiet Cathedral
Genres: Folk, Special Interest, New Age, Classical
  •  Track Listings (19) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #2

No Description Available. Genre: Classical Music Media Format: Compact Disk Rating: Release Date: 19-JUL-1994


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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 19-JUL-1994

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One of my most-played CDs
FrKurt Messick | Bloomington, IN USA | 10/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of my most frequently played CDs. I find it perfect background music for meditation, prayer, reading and other tasks, as well as a good CD that doesn't disturb people at work.

This is not intended to be organised as a church service or a concert performance per se, but rather, as the co-producer Carol Rosenberger states, 'this album is meant to recreate an experience many of us have treasured: slipping inside the doors of a cathedral and finding oneself alone in a vast, quiet space with light streaming through stained glass windows. The organist begins to play gentle music, and one is lost in contemplation...'

As a churchy person, I've often had the experience of working or sitting in an empty church while the organists or their students practiced. This recording in many ways reminds me of that experience. Of course, our organ is a far cry from the pipe organ in Atlanta's Cathedral of St. Philip, with over 5000 pipes (and our church does not have a 5-second delay reverberation, either), 4 manuals and 96 ranks. This Aeolian-Skinner organ is a genuinely stunning instrument, but as with any instrument, it takes the right performer to bring out the fullness of the sound from it.

Todd Wilson is just such a performer. His playing is solid and well-suited for this task, with occasional flashes of brilliance. Mozart's 'Adagio', Bach's 'Jesu, Joy of Many's Desiring', and Barber's 'Adadio for Strings' (here arranged for the organ) are truly wonderful pieces. The programme here is a diverse collection of pieces from Baroque, Renaissance, and later pieces, including folk tunes and a few modern compositions. Todd Wilson is a church organist and music director at Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, Ohio (a city with not insignificant music resources and life), and is also head of the Organ Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has had an international performance and recording career.

I applaud the decision to make this a double-disc set - the producer writes that there was just too much good music to limit the selection. Thus, there is a method to the organisation, given the availability of two discs. The first disc has more simple pieces, easily recognisable melodies and well-known hymn/sacred pieces. The second disc has a bit more complexity of music.

There is a booklet that is particularly designed for young people, so that they may become more familiar with the organ as an instrument, and this type of music.

This is a truly wonderful recording."
Alberto Pedretti | Milan, ITALY | 12/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Æolian-Skinner organ in St.Philip's Cathedral, Atlanta is the finest example on Earth of eclectic organ...and the last- really-marvellous instrument erected by this firm. Flutes and Erzählers speak directly from Heaven...and the organ, despite electric, seems to have tracker action! Listen to Bach's BWV 731 and 648: they sound like played on a Silbermann instrument!
Todd Wilson is a delicate musician, a poet of the organ and a genius in the choice of the stops.
Buy also the other recordings of this Æolian-Skinner by Robert Delcamp (Naxos) and Alan Morrison (Gothic)...and don't forget that Michael Murray recorded in St.Philip's Cathedral for Telarc the finest rendition of Poulenc's "Concerto in sol minore per organo, archi e timpani" under the direction of the late Robert Shaw."
Outstanding CD
Audiophile | USA | 02/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Todd Wilson does a fantastic job with this CD. His phrasing is outstanding, and he makes it sound so musical. It is also a very good recording-with a good engineer. This pipe organ has one of the most clean, powerful 32' pedal Bourdons I have ever heard-producing window-rattling base you can feel. However, without a good stereo system and subwoofer, you will not hear most of what this CD has to offer. (You need a Theta digital front end and 18" Velodyne to really appreciate the base)"