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Michael Murray At The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine: Works By Franck, Widor, Dupré, Bach and Others

Michael Murray Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CUX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Agincourt Hymn
2. The Emperor's Fanfare
3. Psalm 19
4. Trumpet Tune
5. Finale
6. Prelude And Fugue In E Minor, BWV 533, 'Cathedral'
7. Meditation
8. Prelude
9. Chorale No. 2 In B Minor
10. Cortege And Litany, Op. 19, No. 2
11. Final

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best ever November 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This disc has on it one of America's foremost organists playing one of the largest organs ever constructed. The result is a mix of good music well played with some rather irritating bits. Firstly, the Dunstable and the Purcell (actually by Jeremiah Clarke) make use of the incredible State Trumpet stop; whilst this makes for an excellent first track, in which it appears briefly at the start and end in a sort of fanfare motif, the use of this stop in the Trumpet Tune becomes ear-splitting and tiresome. Murray also has an apparent predilection for slower speeds (though in the main there is nothing wrong with that). Perhaps the most annoying thing is the second Vierne track (the Prelude in D major)- the sleeve notes make a clear point that "any music can be played on this organ", but whether as a result of the recording equipment or the gigantic acoustic or the instrument, it is as if this track was recorded through thick cotton wool from a distant room in the Cathedral. However, even with all these points, this is an interesting programme rendered with genuine sensitivity on a challenging instrument. Worth listening to.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This particular michael murray recording makes up for the lack of recordings of the magnificent organ in St. John Divine. It is perhaps one of the greatest and largest American organs, notably the very powerful state trumpet stop located underneath one of the rose windows (This is one of the few stops of its kind in existence). The Agincourt Hynm really shows off what this stop is capable of. There is some good variety in this recording, although sometimes I felt that the State Trumpet was used in excess (it became annoying at points, simply because it was so powerful and overused). The biggest downfall of this recording is the interpretation of the Widor Symphony VI Finale. I felt the tempo was extremely too slow, and due to this, was lacking the excitment of this wonderful piece (For a more exciting, no holds-barred recording of the Widor 6th, check out David M. Patrick's recording). Overall, this recording is very powerful and really shows off what this famous, yet, not so very often recorded organ can do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Devine July 30, 2007
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I'm a big fan of Mr. Murray's organ playing. In fact I love it as much as I detest his fellow American Newman.

The acoustic of this huge cathedral is captured nicely on this wonderful CD ... especially the ear splitting State Trumpet (listen to tracks 1 and 2). There is a delicious account of Widor (one of the movements from Symphony 6 is perfect and makes me hanker for the whole cycle on this monsterous organ.

It's a shame that organ CDs seem to be hotch potch collections of famous music, but I think that's just the nature of the beast. Sadly, not ever piece on this CD thrilled me as much as the Widor, but that's just personal. I'll most definitely look out for more CDs from St. John the Devine as the organ is to be heard to be believed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this August 4, 2011
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what else is there to say? maybe a few things. Like in trumpet tune what another review said I thought was too slow. the first note of the Cd made me doubt the rest of the Cd but after that it's all good. Franck chorale is looooooong but murray makes it interesting by pausing at points, changing volume dramatically and playing very well.

I quality recording is outstanding! nice amount of re verb, almost perfect. I would highly recommend this to any Pipe Organ music fan!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended June 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD several years ago, and I never get tired of listening to it. Michael Murray gives his usual brilliant rendition of some of the world's greatest organ music in a setting with vibrant accoustics as St. John the Divine is one of the largest churches in the US. This should be required listening for any organ enthusiast.
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