A spectacular audiophile CD, now re-issued by popular demand!

Gordon Turk plays the famous Ocean Grove (NJ) Auditorium pipe organ

Organ Echoes

 Sacred Classics listeners who enjoyed our acclaimed broadcast from the historic Ocean Grove Auditorium, originally aired on January 20, 2002, can join the thousands who have already purchased this music on CD, now in its third pressing!  Hear inspiring hymn arrangements and organ masterworks on the renowned Hope-Jones auditorium organ, one of the world's largest.  All-digitally recorded and mastered exclusively for our Sacred Classics broadcast, the CD faithfully captures the ambiance of the acoustically perfect auditorium at this Victorian-era resort on the Atlantic Ocean seashore, played by famous organ virtuoso Gordon Turk.

 The famed Hope-Jones pipe organ installed in 1908, the world's 17th largest, is voiced on high wind pressures of 10"-50", with such powerful ranks as the thunderous 32' Diaphone to fill the vast 6,500 seat auditorium, along with exquisite solo voices which recall a bygone era. This unique 189-rank organ now has 11,558 pipes and a lavishly equipped 5-manual console.

Music on this stunning CD:

[1] The majestic Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, from the oratorio Solomon by George F. Handel (1685-1759).  Listen to sample

[2] Praise the Lord with Drums and Cymbals, opus 101 of Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)

[3] Harmonies of the Evening, opus 72 #1 of Karg-Elert, using several of the original Hope-Jones ranks on the String Division, such as the beautiful Viola da Gamba, Cello Celeste, and Orchestral Strings, along with the ethereal Vox Humana on the Solo Division.

[4] Toccata on "O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing" by Lynnwood Farnham (1885-1930). Based on the 15th century French Easter hymn, the mighty 32' ranks of the Pedal Division crown this dazzling showpiece.

[5] Trumpet Duet by Samuel S. Wesley (1810-1876).

[6] Work for the Night is Coming, the stirring hymn tune by Lowell Mason (1792-1872).

[7] Variations on "Onward, Christian Soldiers" by Edwin Lemare (1865-1934).

[8] Variations on "Londonderry Air" by Edwin Lemare, the Irish song popularized in 1913 as "Danny Boy" and widely considered one of the best melodies ever composed. The Celesta and Concert Flute are heard.

[9] Woodland Flute Call by Fannie C. Dillon (1881-1947).

[10] Festive March in D composed in 1885 by Henry Smart, displays the organ "pulling out all stops".

[11] It is well with my soul, written by Horatio Spafford in 1873 after he lost his four daughters in the sinking of the S.S. Ville du Havre. Philip Bliss, deeply moved by Spafford's text ("When sorrows like sea-billows roll, whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well with my soul"), composed this tune which he named "Ville du Havre" in this hauntingly beautiful arrangement.

[12] Deep River, a spiritual portraying the crossing of the River Jordan as a metaphor for the trials of this life, which separate us from those who have entered the Promised Land. The beautiful 4' Tibia Clausa is heard.

[13] A breathtaking improvisation on Come Thou Almighty King, the 18th century Italian Hymn, performed on the "King of Instruments".

[14] Two 19th century gospel hymns having a seafaring motif are heard in a Medley of Let the Lower Lights Be Burning and Haven of Rest, using the Oboe Horn.

[15] Eternal Father, Strong to Save, the inspiring "Navy Hymn".

This CD is available at the Ocean Grove, NJ, Auditorium Bookstore,
or order online.

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