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The Wanamaker Organ - The Early Recordings

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Charles M Courboin Richard Wagner To the Evening Star Purchase sheetmusic 2:49

Wanamaker Grand Court Organ
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Los Angeles Art Organ 1904 VI/457
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Alexander Russell Song of the Basket Weaver Purchase sheetmusic 4:21
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Franz Schubert Serenade Purchase sheetmusic 2:46
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Franz Schubert Ave Maria Purchase sheetmusic 4:22
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By: warrior on Jun, 19 2014

really seems a 1920´s record, noisy and blur.

By: jfk1961 on Jan, 18 2015

Ah but... what a gem to hear what that organ sounded like at that time and to hear Courboin's undeniably, early 1900s interpretation of an art song. Historical gold!

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JS Bach My Heart Is Filled with Longing Purchase sheetmusic 3:59
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Christ Lay in Death's Grip 4:15
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St. Matthew Passion - Finale 6:17
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God's Time Is the Best Time 3:48
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Clarence Dickinson Berceuse 4:44
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Alphonse Mailly Invocation 3:59
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César Franck Andante from Grand Piece Symphonique View sheetmusic
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By: cavalorg on Oct, 02 2014

Who regrets the good old days?

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Robert Schumann Abendlied 3:56
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Walter Baker Trygve Torjussen To the Spring 1:37
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Zděnek Fibich Poeme 2:46
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Richard Wagner Overture to Tannhauser Purchase sheetmusic 3:37
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Andante Cantabile Purchase sheetmusic 3:32
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JS Bach Have Mercy on Me, O Lord 3:06
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Fernando Germani Franz Liszt Ad Nos (excerpt) View sheetmusic
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Wanamaker Auditorium
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Austin/Wanamaker 1920 IV/118
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By: Giggiograno on Sep, 13 2012

I love Germani! =)

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Louis Vierne Finale from Organ Symphony No. 1 View sheetmusic
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Charles M Courboin Alexander Russell The Bells of St. Anne de Beaupre Purchase sheetmusic 7:48

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By: jfk1961 on May, 13 2013

Great fun!

By: enchamade on May, 13 2013

Performed on the organ in St. Patrick's Cathedral,New York City,New York,USA where Courboin was organist from 1943-1970. More @ http://www.saintpatrickscathedral.org/music_about_organs.php

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Frédéric Chopin Nocturne in G minor (radio broadcast) 8:05
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César Franck Fantasie in C (radio broadcast) View sheetmusic
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JS Bach Prelude in A minor (radio broadcast) 2:58
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By: deda on Jan, 01 2016

low quality of sound is manifestly audible....

By: MusicDonor2014 on Jul, 13 2016

I disagree. For the time in which this was likely recorded, I think it is manifestly wonderful.

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Fugue in G minor (radio broadcast) 5:53
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By: Ortolland on Jun, 11 2013

It is the A minor Fugue!

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GF Handel Occasional Oratorio (radio broadcast) Purchase sheetmusic 4:57
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Antonio Lotti Pur dicesti (radio broadcast) 7:14
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François Couperin Soeur Monique (radio broadcast) View sheetmusic
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Dom Paul Benoit Belgian Mother's Song (excerpt) 1:12
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Virgil Fox Martin Luther A Mighty Fortress [1940 practice session] 1:56

Wanamaker Grand Court Organ
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Los Angeles Art Organ 1904 VI/457
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By: enchamade on Sep, 14 2012

Gets my vote for worst sound.

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JS Bach Come Sweet Death 5:55
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By: satanbane on Jul, 04 2013

Come, Sweet Death, before I have to listen to any more of the wandering pitch from this obvious LP recording.

By: vause on Jun, 19 2014

SatanBane's comment made me laugh out loud! :) Although I, too, detect the audio distortion, I do appreciate this recording is available to help us calibrate apparent tempo, expression and (to a limited extent) registration. I do think there are better recordings he did.

By: nigh on May, 24 2015

A better recording is the Command Records 1964 release, "Virgil Fox Plays the John Wanamaker Organ." It is in the Organ live Library.

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Edward Elgar Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 [1940 practice session] 3:38
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By: stlorganist on Jul, 09 2012

waaaaay too slooooow... hope performace was better than practice session....

By: enchamade on Sep, 10 2013

What is with the interruption of some comment about the piece and performer in the middle of this?

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