Stephen Tharp has had a long association with Saint Patrick Cathedral. First he played an organ recital there in 1993, was a member of the staff from 1995 to 1997 and recently was the Official Organist for Pope Benedict XVI's visit to New York City in 2008. He has a great affection for this pipe organ, which he describes as an "incredibly versatile instrument".
On this CD he plays a wide variety of music from favorite hymns to grand marches and concert pieces. This CD is a recording of "popular organ music" with class. The recording is one of the finest recordings made of the organ -it has great clarity, thunderous bass, and captures the grand acoustic of the cathedral.
Mouret: Fanfare-Rondeau from Suite de Symphonies (1729)
Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BWV 147 *
Campra: Rigaudon from Idomenee (1712) *
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus (K. 618)
Barber: Adagio for Strings (1938)
Handel: Chorus: Hallelujah from Messiah (1741-42)
Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above *
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Jesus Christ is risen today
Vaughan Williams: Rhosymedre from Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes (1920)
Cook: Fanfare (1952)
Vierne: Naiades from Pieces de Fantaisie: Quatrieme Livre, Op. 54
Widor: Allegro from Sixieme Symphonie, Op. 42, No. 2
* John Lambert, trumpet