The Missouri Jewel, Opus 55 Quimby Pipe Organ, Inc. Gano Chapel, William Jewell College Liberty, Missouri
Diane Meredith Belcher's recording of notable hymns and memorable pieces from the pipe organ repertoire provides a unique listening experience that features the Quimby Pipe Organ, Opus 55, three manuals, and 55 ranks at William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri. Her hymn improvisations explore the tonal possibilities of the instrument, and the repertoire includes the acclaimed Edward Elgar from Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, Enigma Nimrod arranged by William H. Harris.
The style of this instrument is distinctive to Quimby Pipe Organs as it makes no pretence of following any school or national design. The aim of the company is to blend traditional American tonal concepts with an appreciation for the work of the notable English organ builder, T. C. Lewis, as well as research into other organ building traditions. In order to fulfill its dual roles as a recital and ceremonial instrument, capable of accompanying both choir and orchestra, the tonal concept leans heavily toward the American organbuilding style of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Large concert organs from this period contained fully developed Principal choruses and bold chorus reeds, as well as the lush string, flute and solo reed tones associated with the Romantic or symphonic period of organbuilding.
Audio Sample Diane Belcher at William Jewel College by pipeorgancds.com
At the Name of Jesus, tune: Kings Weston
KARG-ELERT: Choral-Improvisation Nun danket alle Gott, Op. 65, No. 59