Click to enlargeKen Cowan, organist
Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church
1926 E.M. Skinner Organ


Ken Cowan, organist

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Vitali: Ciacona for violin and continuo Lisa Shihoten, violin
Wagner: Overture to Der Fliegende Holländer
Bingham: Roulade
Mozart: Overture to Die Zauberflöte
Still: Elegy
Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever
Mendelssohn: from a Midsummer Night's Dream

Willian: Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue


JAV 118 Great Organ Builders, Volume 9 — Ken Cowan

A sparkling rendition of the Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" is among a bevy of transcriptions on this disc, including selections from the operatic realm and a classic Sousa march. Willan’s "Introduction, Passacaglia, and Fugue," composed in 1916, finds eloquent expression in the resources of Skinner Opus 475 (built in 1926), which Jonathan Ambrosino describes as the "quintessential Skinner." The disposition of its 68 ranks points towards a greater tonal brilliance coupled with Skinner’s characteristically rich reeds which became a hallmark of Skinner and Aeolian-Skinner organs through the mid-1930’s.

Ken Cowan, organist
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