Organ Recital by Robert Huw Morgan – Livestream
Sunday, January 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Our organ recital series features some of the finest organists playing one of America’s great organs. Grace Cathedral’s 7,466-pipe Aeolian-Skinner instrument, the Charles B. Alexander Memorial Organ (1934), is one of the first and finest American classic style organs, and is among the largest church organs in the West. Experiencing music in our gothic cathedral with its unique acoustics, soaring nave and jewel-like stained glass windows is a feast for the ears, eyes and soul.
This recital is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
March from ‘The Love of Three Oranges,’ Op. 33
Sergei Prokofiev (1891 – 1953)
Transcribed by Jean Guillou (1930 – 2019)
Alfred Herbert Brewer (1865 – 1928)
Clair de Lune, Op. 53
Louis Vierne (1870 – 1937)
Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale ‘Ad nos, ad salutarem undam,’ S. 259
Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)
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About the program
This recital begins with two rather short pieces. Jean Guillou’s transcription of this march from Prokofiev’s absurdist opera captures the essence of the brilliant orchestration, and the Brewer is an elegant musical picture of the cloister garden (or garth) at Gloucester Cathedral. Following these short works, Louis Vierne’s glorious evocation of a beautiful sunlit landscape. This Clair de Lune presents us with one of Vierne’s tenderest melodies, in addition to a slightly more intense central section. The sense of calm at the end is truly palpable. To conclude, the very pinnacle of romantic period organ music – the magnificent homage that Liszt wrote on a theme by Giacomo Meyerbeer. A colossal set of three sections in one over-arching single movement. This is music of great drama, pathos, poetry, and finally, joy. To be able to perform it on an instrument with so many gorgeous colors is as great privilege.
About the Organist
Welsh organist Robert Huw Morgan is University Organist, Lecturer in Organ, and Director of both the University Singers and the Memorial Church Choir at Stanford University. Dr. Morgan holds degrees from the University of Washington as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cambridge University. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. His repertoire runs from the earliest sources to contemporary music. In 2005 he performed the complete works of Dieterich Buxtehude and, in 2010-2011, the complete works of Bach at Stanford. He has toured and broadcast in Europe, the Americas and Australia.