Nancianne Parella plays the Organ at Trinity Church



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Recorded on 04.28.11

Nancianne Parrella is Associate Organist of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, where she works closely with director Kent Tritle in the Church’s extensive liturgical music program and is featured frequently on the concert series, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space. Her signature Organ Plus! recitals, which demonstrate the versatility of the organ with various combinations of instruments, have become audience favorites. In addition to performances at St. Ignatius Loyola, she has brought Organ Plus! to many other venues. Continuing her active performance career, in the spring of 2009, she was one of two organists with the New York Philharmonic for Music Director Lorin Maazel’s farewell concerts of the Benjamin Britten War Requiem. Among America’s preeminent choral accompanists, Ms. Parrella is an Emeritus Faculty member of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ, where she was accompanist and assistant director of the famed Westminster Choir and Symphonic Choir, directed by Joseph Flummerfelt. Ms. Parrella was long associated with America’s pioneering choral conductor, Robert Shaw, with whom she toured and recorded in the U.S., France, and Brazil. She has also collaborated with noted conductors: Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic; Wolfgang Sawallisch and The Philadelphia Orchestra; Zdenek Macal and Neeme Järvi and the New Jersey Symphony; and James Bagwell and Louis Langreé in New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival.

ORGAN 99 – Seattle



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ORGAN 99

1985 Fritts-Richards – St. Alphonsus Parish Church, Seattle, Washington

The organ in St. Alphonsus was built in 1984-1985 by Paul Fritts and Ralph Richards. Richards would go on to begin his own organ building company together with Bruce Fawkes, both of which had apprenticed by John Brombaugh. Paul Fritts remained behind with the mission to build high quality instruments using inspiration from historic organs in Europe and Mexico. Many of his instruments are based on Northern Dutch and Northern German organs, including the one in Seattle.

The case of this organ is pretty much a copy of the 1557 Hendrick Niehoff organ in Brouwershaven, The Netherlands. The specification reminds us of 17th century Germany with 18th century Dutch influences with stops such as the Viola di Gamba and Cornet. An instrument of this size would have typically had a 16’ pedal division, 8’ Hauptwerk and 4’ Rückpositiv. In Seattle this is a size larger. The longest pipe in the Hauptwerk is 16’ and that of the Rückpositiv 8’. Oddly, the Pedal is based on the 8’ Principal, but then with the addition of a 32’ reed. Normally this would be strange as organs from this period would not have had a Pedal coupler, but Fritts-Richards added the coupler, making the 16’ Hauptwerk stops available in the Pedal.

This organ is an early example of the movement to carefully study the past to produce the future, which some might title as the historical organ reconstruction movement, with the reconstruction applying to the process of building rather than the instrument itself. Other successful American builders of this movement were and are John Brombaugh, Richards & Fowkes and Taylor & Boody.

Hauptwerk: Principal 16′, Octav 8′, Gedackt 8′, Viola di Gamba 8′, Octav 4′, Rohrflöte 4′, Quint 3′, Octav 2′, Cornet 5 fach, Mixtur 6-7 fach, Trommet 16′, Trommet 8′.
Rückpositiv: Principal 8′, Hohlflöte 8′, Octav 4′, Flöte 4′, Nassat 3′, Octav 2′, Waldflöte 2′, Sesquialtera 2 fach, Scharff 4-6 fach, Fagott 16′, Dulcian 8′, Schalmey 4′ (prepared for).
Pedal: Subbass 16′, Octav 8′, Octav 4′, Bauernflöte 1′ (prepared for), Mixtur 5-6 fach, Posaunen 32′, Posaunen 16′, Trommet 8′, Cornet 2′.
Couplers: Hauptwerk – Rückpositiv, Pedal – Hauptwerk, Pedal – Rückpositiv.
Accessory: Tremulant.

Temperament: Kirnberger III

George Ritchie plays variations from the partita “Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig” by J.S. Bach

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 in E Minor: III. Adagio for Organ & Virtual Orchestra



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Custom Allen Organ, Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Dickson City, PA



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A new post as we continue to complete the voicing and tonal finishing of the 6 independent and different specifications in the new custom Allen Organ at BVM Church. Three manuals, 60 ranks.

Our associate Phil Maue performed 2 Chorale preludes by J.S. Bach on this recording. We consulted on this installation and performed all the tonal finishing and voicing in conjunction with the regional Allen Organ Dealer, Robert Sides Family Music of Williamsport, PA.

Mechanical Stop Action Flentrop Organ, Church of The Advent, Pipe Organs of SC Episode One



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—Episode One of the Pipe Organs of South Carolina—

Brennan Szafron, Organist and Choirmaster of the Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, graciously allowed us to film him playing and speaking about the wonderful Flentrop pipe organ that was built in 1989.

Please wear headphones for best stereo sound.

Video Contents

Overview of different family of pipes and how the mechanical action works followed by:

Come Now Savior of the Heathens—Bach 8:13

Diptych—Denis Bedard 9:33

Prelude in G major, BWV 541–Bach 15:13

Little Fugue in G minor—Bach 20:50 (David Kiser Organ)

Inside the organ and an overview of the pipes around 25:25

This was the first time that I have played a mechanical action Organ. It was quite an experience. I did feel like I had more control over the production of sound. The non radiating pedal board was tricky as you could tell from the copious wrong notes.
Recorded with an old point shoot camera on the feet and LG G3 on the hands, also a webcam that wasn’t able to be added due to technical difficulties. Used a flimsy tripod. Slight delay in video for a few selections. Edited using Lightworks. Sound: Zoom H4n Recorder with Cad mics.

Special thanks to Tony Sane. Stay Tuned and please —Subscribe— for more Pipe organs of South Carolina.

Pipe Specs:

Flentrop Pipe Organ – 1989

The two-manual organ in the church was originally built by the Flentrop Orgelbouw Pipe Organs of Zaandam The Netherlands in 1989. The organ contains 3 divisions, 24 stops and 29 ranks of pipes. The manual compass is 56 notes and the pedal compass is 30 notes. Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

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Pelland Organ Co, Saint Mary Lawrence MA 2016



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Through the efforts of Fr. John Dello Russo and Organist Mr. Randall Cote, Hook & Hastings opus 1294 is coming back to life.. Originally built for St. James Episcopal Church, New London, CT in 1886, it was moved to St. Mary’s in 1914. It was electrified and enlarged by W. W. Laws in 1937 and has remained unchanged since then. Our current work involved some repairs and the first through tuning the instrument has had in decades. The organ contains over 2,700 pipes and is on its original pitch of A=435.

Beautiful Monarke organ for the Mary Queen Catholic Church, Friendswood, TX.



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At the end of 2011 a committee of the Mary Queen Catholic Church from Friendswood (TX) visited the Johannus headquarters in Ede to discuss the final specifications of the 4-manual Monarke organ for their new church.

Since the charter, parishioners of the parish have now grown to more than 2,000 families and households. A renewed vision for Mary Queen parish includes a newly constructed church, parish center and gym, rectory, renovated former church, and a current retreat-house-residence.

This pastoral vision is entitled “The Master’s Plan: Witness and Welcome in Gospel Love.” The new rectory has been completed since November of 2008. Construction of the new church began in the fall of 2010.

The church seating capacity is planned for over 1600 parishioners with a chapel that will hold 200 worshippers. The grounds will envision a small shrine to Our Lady of La Salette and several prayer gardens.

Part of of this vision also includes a new organ for the church. After a thorough selection process the Johannus company was chosen to build the new custom instrument. The 105 rank Monarke organ has 4 manuals and a floating resonance pipe division.

The organ and console are based on the 19th century French symphonic Cavaillé-Coll style. The sound of the organ will be prefectly distributed by its 60 audio channels and high quality loudspeaker cabinets.

For more Johannus organ videos please go to www.johannus.com

George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue (Llewellyn Williams, Organ Stop Pizza)



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George Gershwin’s famous “Rhapsody in Blue”, transcribed, arranged and performed by Llewellyn (“Lew”) Williams in 1996 on the then 4/67 Wurlitzer organ in the Organ Stop Pizza restaurant in Mesa, Arizona. The instrument, which was originally a 1927-vintage 3/15 from the Denver Theatre and was rebuilt in the original Mesa OSP in 1975 as a 3/23, then had a “Modernistic” or ‘waterfall’ type four-manual console, built by Ken Crome in Reno, Nevada in 1984, but the instrument’s increasing size (already four manuals and over forty ranks, it grew to 67 ranks when OSP moved to a new site in Mesa) led to its replacement in 1997 with a new French-style console modelled on that of the Brooklyn Paramount. It now has 78 ranks. The Waterfall style console now controls the 4/32 Wurlitzer at East Sussex National Golf Course, here in England – the first theatre organ the uploader ever got to see and hear live.

Huge thanks, as ever, to Lew for so kindly sending me these fantastic recordings and consenting to their being uploaded to YouTube.

Bizet – Carmen Suite played by Todd Wilson on organ in Brooklyn Catholic Church



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Todd Wilson plays an organ transcription written by Edwin Lemare on famous themes from Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen on the restored Kilgen Organ at Our Lady of Refuge. A Catholic Church in Brooklyn. (Recorded Live and with no edits – this is one straight performance)

Todd Wilson is head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music and Curator of the Skinner Organ at Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also Director of Music and Worship at Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral, and House Organist for the newly-restored Aeolian organ at the Stan Hywet Home and Gardens, Akron, Ohio. More information on Todd Wilson:

The pipe organ at Our Lady of Refuge Church, Brooklyn was installed when the church was built in 1933. Over the years it deteriorated until it became unplayable. It was this instrument that in the early 1970s planted the seeds of Joe Vitacco to start JAV Recordings. This Kilgen Organ was indirectly responsible for over 100 pipe organs being recorded all over the United States and Europe. In 2006 Joe Vitacco returned to the church to find it unplayable. The restoration work was carried out by Quimby Pipe Organs and A.R. Schopp’s Sons.

For 10 years Joe Vitacco worked as a volunteer with the staff and the clergy at the church to over see raising over $250,000 and overseeing the organs restoration. On October 18, 2013 the organ was dedicated by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Olivier Latry. The funds for this restoration mainly came from outside of Brooklyn.

The restoration was paid for by people from around the world who just love pipe organs, most of the donors have never been to Brooklyn. These videos are for them. Learn more about the pipe organ at Our Lady of Refuge in Brooklyn:

In 2016 Joe Vitacco resigned from all volunteer activity at Our Lady of Refuge and now lives in Washington DC.