Through the E.M. Skinner Organ at the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Massachusetts, USA, Dr. SharonRose Pfeiffer gives voice to works by master composers from the Baroque to the twentieth century. Recorded in DSD, this album creates a surround-sound experience, enabling listeners to hear the full effect of this organ. In a unique design by Nelson Barden & Associates of Boston, the organ pipes line the north and south side aisles the full length of the church, allowing the entire building to sing.
The program includes Resurrection: Lament, The Rising, The Ecstasy, Reflection by Larry King, Sonate der 94ste Psalm by Julius Reubke, Job for Organ, 6. Penitence and Realization by Petr Eben, Symphonie VI Op. 42: 1. Allegro by Charles-Marie Widor, Fantasia Super “Komm Heiliger Geist” BWV 651 by J.S. Bach, and Messe de la Pentecote: V. Sortie (Le vent d’Esprit) by Olivier Messiaen.
The inspiration for all of these text-based works is outlined in the detailed program notes, giving additional insight to the composers’ thoughts and intentions behind the music.
Total time: 01:09:22
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Church of the Transfiguration Orleans Massachusetts
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|Release Date||April 3, 2015|
Harold Edward Wills
“Spectacular – overwhelming amazing artistry – a SOUND FOR THE AGES!!! The E. M. Skinner organ of the CD is a masterpiece of balance of harmonics, voicing, scale and color that is just overwhelmingly breathtaking! [SharonRose Pfeiffer] is a true virtuoso with all the full implications of the word. She not only plays the music but it is with heart, soul and mind…. if you were looking to have one recording that showed the best organ, the best organ music from many eras, played by the very best artist … THIS IS THE ONE!”
A pleasing organ recital in hi-res surround, and most deserving of this format.
“The E.M. Skinner organ in the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, MA, has been built so that the pipes run down the main aisles of the church, creating a magnificent surround sound effect for listeners. This is the only pipe organ in the world with this design, so it makes it a natural for 5.0 hi-res surround sound reproduction, which is spectacular and often breathtaking.
“Organist and harpsichordist SharonRose Pfeiffer has played throughout the U.S. and France, and has recorded works of Messiaen and Bach. Few of Gloria Dei Artes’ discs are SACDs, and it is very easy to see why this one was decided for that format.”
John Sunier, Audiophile Audition
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