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Organ Music of Rene Louis Becker

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Organ Music of René Louis Becker, Alsatian-American Composer and Organist, 1882-1956
Damin Spritzer, Organist
1789 Isnard /1890 Cavaillé-Coll Organ, Pithiviers, France
First Recording of the Restored Organ

Sortie Solennelle, Op. 70
Cantilena, Op. 42
Toccata, Op. 45
Second Sonata in F, Op. 41
Third Sonata in E, Op. 43
Supplication, Op. 81a
Marche Triomphale: Ite missa est

René Louis Becker, born and educated in Strasbourg, France, as the son of a prominent organist, moved to the USA at age 21 in 1904 and taught music, composed prolifically, and worked as an organist in St. Louis, Illinois, and Michigan for 52 years.

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This disc is the world premiere recording of these works of Becker. The pieces chosen here are among the best, most sophisticated, and most varied of his organ compositions.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sortie solennelle, for organ, Op. 70
  2. Cantilena, for organ, Op. 42
  3. Toccata for organ, Op. 45
  4. Organ Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 41: Prelude
  5. Organ Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 41: Pastorale
  6. Organ Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 41: Finale
  7. Organ Sonata No. 3 in E major, Op. 43: Prelude
  8. Organ Sonata No. 3 in E major, Op. 43: Adoration
  9. Organ Sonata No. 3 in E major, Op. 43: Finale: Toccata
  10. Supplication, for organ, Op. 81a
  11. Ite missa est, marche triomphale for organ

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 9, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raven Records
  • ASIN: B0058046UM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is one of the best organ recordings I have purchased in years. Every band on this CD contains great music and is throughly enjoyable. The composer, Rene Louis Becker was totally unknown to me before this recording was recommended. The performances by Damin Spritzer are beautifully registered and played on the restored 1789 Isnard /1890 Cavaillé-Coll Organ in Pithiviers, France. All of the music on this CD is very melodic and highly recommended for both organ lovers and for those who normally dislikes organ music.

This is an absolutely wonderful recording that should be in every pipe organ lover's collection.
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