Ken Cowan performs an exciting program of Liszt's most beloved organ works and transcriptions. From the sublime beauty of the two Consolations in D-flat and Liebestraume No. 3, to the breadth and power of the epic Fantasia on "Ad nos, ad salutarum undam", all elements of this monumental Quimby pipe organ are explored. Jean Guillou's arrangement of Prometheus, a tone poem for full orchestra, is a scintillating tour de force for the instrument and performer alike. Additionally included is Mr. Cowan's own arrangement of Liszt's Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H, which synthesizes material from the composer's 1870 organ version as well as Liszt's brilliant 1871 arrangement for piano.
Liszt's organ works are extraordinarily well-served by the Quimby pipe organ at First Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. Conceived in the American Symphonic tradition of organ building, the instrument offers a vast range of timbral and dynamic possibilities, giving great depth and impact to Liszt's organ music, which is written on a grand scale.
Prometheus, S. 99 (transcribed by Jean Guillou)
Ad nos, ad salutarem undam
Praludium und Fuge uber den Namen BACH