This program of French masterworks was designed to showcase all the colors and nuances of this outstanding instrument. It includes the world premiere recording of an important piece by beloved composer Florent Schmitt: Prière (Prelude in G minor), Op.11 (1899).
Reference Recordings is proud to offer these brilliant performances by the organist who knows this instrument best, Jan Kraybill. She regularly plays and oversees the care of the three largest pipe organs in the Kansas City metro area: the Community of Christ Auditoriums 113-rank Aeolian-Skinner (installed in 1959) and Temples 102-rank Casavant (1993), and the 102-rank Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant (2011) at the Kauffman Centers Helzberg Hall.
At the Kauffman Center, she performs and hosts guest organists in both solo and collaborative musical events, including regular appearances with a major tenant of the Center, the Kansas City Symphony and Chorus. As a junior in high school in Colby, Kansas, Jan Kraybill performed her first European piano recital in Andover, England. She earned education and piano performance degrees from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, and her doctorate in organ performance is from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2010 she earned the Fellow certificate from the American Guild of Organists, the highest certification available for organists. Dr. Kraybill maintains an active concert career, having appeared as a soloist and collaborative artist throughout the United States and in Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Russia, South Korea, and Tahiti; she has been featured at regional and national conventions of the AGO and other musicians organizations. She has recorded three solo CDs on Community of Christs instruments, and this disc is the first on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant.
Gorgeous HDCD sonics by Grammy-winning engineer Keith Johnson is sure to thrill organ music lovers and audiophiles of all persuasions, especially those with powerful subwoofers!
Jan Kraybill, organ
Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
1. Allegro from Symphony No. 6 in G minor
Florent Schmitt (1870-1958)
2. Priere (Prelude in G minor), Op.11 - World premiere!
Jehan Alain (1911-1940)
Deux danses a Agni Yavishta
4. Pas vite
Joseph Bonnet (1884-1944)
5. Variations de Concert, Op.1
Maurice Durufle (1902-1986)
6. Scherzo, Op.2
Marcel Dupre (1886-1971)
Prelude et Fugue in G minor, Op.7, No.3
7. Prelude (Vivace)
8. Fugue (Vif)
Cesar Franck (1822-1890)
9. Piece heroique
Felix Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
10. Caprice in B flat, Op.20, No.3
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Pieces de fantaisie, Op.51
Eugene Gigout (1844-1925)
14. Grand-Choeur dialogue, from Six pieces (1881)