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Tikker at Claremont

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Raven OAR 670

Year
2003

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By: jfdandrieu on Oct, 14 2016

This CD ideally demonstrates one of USA's truly great recent organs, with perfectly suitable music. The Dupre is rarely heard in its entirety, the Tournemire rarely at all, but both works are profound as well as exciting and richly colorful. Tikker's variegated Variations serves as a welcome palate-cleanser!

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United Church of Christ, Congregational
Claremont, California, USA - map
Glatter-Gotz/Rosales 1998 III/81
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Marcel Dupré Evocation, Poème Symphonique pour Orgue, op. 37 - Moderato Purchase sheetmusic 8:02 track Rating:
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Evocation, Poème Symphonique pour Orgue, op. 37 - Adagio con tenerezza Purchase sheetmusic 8:44 track Rating:
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By: vause on Feb, 15 2011

Dissonant, really tough to hear.

By: jfdandrieu on Oct, 14 2016

Dupre wrote Evocation during the Nazi occupation of France, hiding its real program from the public due to the danger of expressing anti-occupation sentiments. This Adagio is said to be an ardent prayer for France's deliverance.

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Evocation, Poème Symphonique pour Orgue, op. 37 - Allegro deciso Purchase sheetmusic 7:48 track Rating:
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By: gemshorn on Sep, 23 2013

too much noisy reeds (chamade), and a bit painful playing... you feel the organist exhausted at the end!

By: jfdandrieu on Oct, 14 2016

The organist is not exhausted at the end: it's supposed to end slowly and grandly, that's in the score. Chamades are appropriate because Dupre wrote this piece for the organ of St-Ouen-de-Rouen which has chamades - and the Claremont organ's chamade is meant to be usable in chorus (ask the builder).

By: tjtikker on Aug, 01 2017

jfdandrieu is right: I was not exhausted at the end. I used the chamade exactly where it use is implied in the score, no more, no less.

Charles Tournemire Trois Poèmes pour Orgue, op. 59 - Poème II (Psalm 23) Purchase sheetmusic 10:50 track Rating:
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By: jfdandrieu on Oct, 14 2016

Tikker has said that in one venue where he played this piece, afterwards the church's music director asked him "how can you stand to play such achingly beautiful music?!"

By: TrichterRegal on Oct, 16 2017

AWEFUL, HORRID, REGUGNANT!

By: tjtikker on Oct, 17 2017

TrichterRegal, you would have more credibility if (1) you knew how to spell "awful" and "repugnant,” (2) you hadn’t made your comment just after your previous one, in which you attacked me personally, had to be removed by Organlive administration.

Timothy Tikker Variations sur un vieux Noël Purchase sheetmusic 8:24 track Rating:
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By: jfdandrieu on Oct, 14 2016

A succinct stylistic roller-coaster ride, full of fun and unexpected turns!

Charles Tournemire Trois Poèmes pour Orgue, op. 59 - Poème I (Psalm 22) Purchase sheetmusic 11:02 track Rating:
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Trois Poèmes pour Orgue, op. 59 - Poème III (Psalm 150) Purchase sheetmusic 12:25 track Rating:
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By: jfdandrieu on Oct, 14 2016

"Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!" -- aptly and excitingly expressed by this dramatic, colorful music, insightfully and authoritatively performed by Tikker, one of the world's leading Tournemire specialists!

By: Tromba on Jan, 23 2017

Mostly just noise...

By: tjtikker on Aug, 01 2017

Tromba, I'm saorry for you, that you have so little ability to listen to music. I have had so many wonderful comments from audience members as I have played this piece over the years, people finding it vivid, evocative, full of imagery, dramatic and exciting! It's sad that you can't join in the enjoyment.

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