Organ Music on Radio


Colours of the King 2MBS-FM 102.5MHz (second Saturday each month from 7.00pm - 8.00pm; 5.00pm - 6pm from October).
Presented on behalf of the Organ Music Society of Sydney

Prepared and presented by Andrew Grahame

2002 programs



 13 Jan Sydney Town Hall's Grand Organ (Willibald Guggenmos, David Rumsey,
Mark Quarmby & David Drury)
 10 Feb  St Bavo's, Haarlem (Piet Kee)
 10 Mar  St Paul's Cathedral, London (John Scott)
 14 Apr  Notre-Dame, Paris (Olivier Latry & Pierre Cochereau)
 12 May  St John the Divine, New York (Jonathan Dimmock)
 9 June  St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne (June Nixon, Ingrid Sykes and David Drury)
 14 July

"Australian organs played by Australian organists"

LEMMENS - Sonata No 1
(Harold Fabrikant at Adelaide Festival Theatre)

(June Nixon at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne

DURUFLE - Scherzo
(Edward Theodore at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne)

VIERNE - Symphony No 3 in F sharp minor
(Michael Dudman at Newcastle Anglican Cathedral)

 11 August

"Feet First" (music involving pedal solos)

PACHELBEL - Prelude in D minor
(Marie-Claire Alain at Muri Abbey, Switzerland)

BUXTEHUDE - Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C
(Michael Dudman at Newcastle Conservatorium)

BACH - Toccata in C (BWV 564)
(Gillian Weir at St. Lawrence, Rotterdam)

KREBS - Prelude and Fugue in C
(Geoffrey Knowles at Mold Parish Church)

BACH - Toccata in F (BWV 540)
(E. Power Biggs at Freiburg Cathedral, South Germany)

BONNET - Variations de Concert Op. 1
(Michael Dudman at Sydney Opera House)

ROBERT AMPT - Waltzing Matilda - Duet for Four Feet
(Robert Ampt and Amy Johansen at Sydney Opera House)

8th September

"Organ Works of the Bach Family"


Johann Bernard Bach (1676-1749)
Ciacona in B Flat Major

Heinrich Bach (1615 - 1692)
Chorale Prelude "Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott"

Johann Ernst Bach (1722 - 1777)
Fantasia and Fugue in D minor

Johann Christoph Bach (1642 - 1703)
Three chorale preludes
(a) "Wenn wir in Hochsten Noten sein"
(b) "Wir glauben all an einem Gott"
(c) "An Wasserflussen Babylon"

Johann Christian Bach (1735 - 1782)
Fugue on B-A-C-H

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 - 1788)
Sonata in F major

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732 - 1795)
Allegretto with variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman"

Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach (1759 - 1845)
Toccata in C major


All works played by Franz Haselboch at the Von Beckerath organ (28 stops,
built in 1980) at the church of St. Wolfgang (but the CD sleeve notes fail
to say where this church is - presumably somewhere in Germany!)

13 October

NB 5.00pm

"Lost Sounds"

A programme devoted to the sounds of two organs which have since been
radically altered through rebuilding, and whose present-day sounds no
longer resemble those of past recordings.

* the 1929 Hill, Norman and Beard organ at Melbourne Town Hall. Now just
the pipework of this instrument survives, incorporated into a much larger
new instrument by an American firm, opened in May this year.

HOLLINS - A Trumpet Minuet
MOZART - Church Sonata in D (K 144)
GRAINGER - Colonial Song
DIGGLE - A Song of Sunshine
COCKER - Tuba Tune

(all these items played by Thomas Heywood, recorded in 1992)


* the organ of Gloucester Cathedral, which was controversially reduced in
size in the early 1970s with removal of 20th-century additions.

ELGAR - Sonata No 1 in G major (Op. 28)

The 1966 recording by Herbert Sumsion, widely regarded as the "benchmark"
recorded interpretation of this work.

10th November


"Organ Transcriptions"

ELGAR - Imperial March Op. 32
Carlo Curley at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol

SAINT-SAENS - Berceuse Op 105
Hans-Christoph Becker-Foss at St Stephani, Bremen

SAINT-SAENS - "The Swan" from "Carnival of the Animals"
Janos Sebestyen at the House of the Arts, Hungary

BACH - Concerto in A minor BWV 593
based on Vivaldi - Concerto in A minor Op 3 No 8
James Lancelot at the Emmanuel Church, Chestertown, Maryland, USA.

ELGAR - "Nimrod" from "Enigma Variations" Op.36
Carlo Curley at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol

MENDELSSOHN - Overture for Wind Instruments
Robert Ampt and Amy Johansen at Sydney Opera House

GOUNOD - "Funeral March of a Marionette" from ballet "Joan of Arc"
Reginald Foort at his 5-manual "travelling" Moller organ (recorded in 1938)

SIBELIUS - "Finlandia" Op. 26
David Hill at Winchester Cathedral

8th December


 "Music for Advent, Christmas and New Year"



Two chorale preludes on "Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland" by J. S. Bach

(a) BWV 599 (Orgelbuchlein) - Rene Saorgin at St Pierre, Luxeuil
(b) BWV 659 (18 Chorale Preludes) - Philip Matthias at Newcastle Anglican


Christmas (contemplative)

Three works based on "Jesu, meine Freude"

(a) Chorale prelude by J. L. Krebs - Joseph Payne at St Bonifatius, Wiesbaden
(b) Chorale prelude by J. S. Bach (Orgelbuchlein) BWV 610 - Rene Saorgin at
(c) Variations by J. G. Walther - Piet Kee at Weingarten Abbey


Christmas (joy)

Three works based on "In Dulci Jubilo"

(a) Chorale prelude by J. S. Bach (Orgelbuchlein) BWV 608 - Rene Saorgin at
(b) Chorale prelude by J. M Bach - Piet Kee at Weingarten Abbey
(c) Chorale fantasia by J. S. Bach BWV 729 - Philip Matthias at Newcastle

Christmas (well-known carol tune)

DUPRE - Variations on "Adeste Fideles"
Janette Fishell at St George's Episcopal Church, Nashville



Old Year Passing

J. S. Bach - chorale prelude "Das alte Jahr vergangen ist" BWV 614


New Year Joy

J. S. Bach - chorale prelude "In Dir ist Freude" BWV 615 (Orgelbuchlein)

(both by Rene Saorgin at Luxeuil)

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