Mastered by Prof. Keith Johnson!
SAN FRANCISCO: In the 19th and early 20th century, organists of exceptional
artistic skill developed organ transcriptions of orchestral music into a true
art form. Each of the works on this disc is spectacular in its original form. To
create the Orchestral Organ, we have chosen works of many different composers,
adapted into organ transcriptions of the highest artistic order. These
transcriptions are not intended for comparison with, or replacement of, the
original orchestral versions. In presenting them we are offering fascinating new
dimensions for these compositions, whether familiar or new to the listener.
Within the pieces are a variety of tone colors and compositional details that
exhibit the remarkable abilities of organist Jan Kraybill, and showcase the
spectacular Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ at the Kauffman Center’s
Helzberg Hall in Kansas City.
Dr. Jan Kraybill is a musical leader, performer, educator, organ consultant, and
enthusiastic advocate for the power of music to change lives for the better. She
is Organ Conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas
City, Missouri, and Organist-in-Residence at the international headquarters of
Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri. In these roles she plays and
oversees the care of three of the Kansas City metro area’s largest pipe organs:
the 113-rank Aeolian-Skinner and 102-rank Casavant organs in Community of
Christ’s Auditorium and Temple, and the 102-rank Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant
at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall, where the Orchestral Organ was recorded.
Dr. Kraybill has performed as a soloist, collaborative artist, and hymn festival
designer/leader in many venues in the U.S. and in Australia, Belgium, Canada,
Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Tahiti, the Netherlands,
and the United Kingdom. She has been featured at regional and national
conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Hymn Society, and other
musicians’ organizations; and on American Public Media’s Pipedreams and other
broadcasts. This is her third album release with Reference Recordings.
For over 40 years, REFERENCE RECORDINGS has been one of the most innovative and
respected independent labels in the music business. Reference Recordings
releases have been highly praised for their dedication to high quality sound in
the service of great music. Founder Tam Henderson (multi-year GRAMMY®nominee for
Producer of the Year), was joined in 1978 by engineer Keith O. Johnson (2011
GRAMMY® winner, and 10 additional nominations). Some 150 projects later, RR is
still recording what many consider to be the finest-sounding classical, jazz and
blues discs in the world.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Multi-Channel SACD Layer
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• 5.1 Surround & Stereo
• This Hybrid SACD contains a Super HDCD 24 Bit encoded Stereo CD layer which is
playable on most conventional CD Players!
Jan Kraybill, the Julia Irene Kauffman
Casavant Organ at Kauffman Center's Helzberg Hall
1. Coronation March - First recording
2. Adagio for Strings
3. Funeral March of A Marionette
4. Chaconne from First Suite for Military Band, Op. 28, No. 1 - First recording
6. Praeludium and Chromatic Fugue - World Premiere
7. Romance from Orchestral Suite in D, Op. 49
8. Forest Murmurs from "Siegfried" - First recording
9. Scherzo from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
11. Grand March from "Aida"