The Motette label, specializing in organ music from around the world, finally
makes it to America with this bracing collection of classics and lesser-known
material, performed on the 1928 Skinner organ in Immanuel Church, next to which
once stood the famous Cocoanut Grove. No collection of this type would be
complete without the famous Dudley Buck and Ives works as well as the Sowerby
Toccata. But you might not be familiar with Horace Alden Miller, a former
teacher at Cornell College in Iowa, who specialized in fantasies on spirituals.
Lynnwood Farnam was better known as one of the great American organists of the
time, yet this is his only organ composition. English-born Lemare is one of the
best-known organ composers from the turn of the 20th century, when he settled in
the United States. What may strike listeners as the biggest attraction is the
only organ work of the great Robert Russell Bennett, famed for his many
arrangements and orchestrations, as well as such patriotic pieces as the Four
Freedoms Symphony. Samuel John Swartz was born in 1947 and studied at Stanford
University and the Musikhochschule in Vienna. His repertoire includes the
complete works of Bach, Liszt, Franck and Durufle.
• Organ Music from 1890 to 1940
• Music performed on the Skinner Organ of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Los
Samuel John Swartz, organ
Dudley Buck (1839-1909)
1. Concert Variations on "The Star Spangled Banner:, Op. 23
Horace Alden Miller (1872-1941)
2. Spiritual, "Steal Away"
Lynnwood Farnam (1885-1930)
3. Toccata on "O Filii et Filiae"
Edwin H. Lemare (1865-1934)
4. Andantino in D-flat
Charles Ives (1874-1954)
5. Variations on "America"
Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981)
6.-8. Sonata in G (1934)
John Knowles Paine (1839-1906)
9. Fantasia over "Ein feste Burg", Op. 13
Leo Sowerby (1895-1968)
10. Toccata (1940)
Total Time: 67:34