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University organist Robert Huw Morgan's Grace Cathedral recital now on YouTube

Dr. Robert Huw Morgan's recent organ recital at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, recorded January 24th, can be found on their YouTube channel.

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 2010-11, the complete organ works of Bach at Stanford's Memorial Church. He has toured and been broadcasted in Europe, the Americas, and Australia.

Grace Cathedral's  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, among the largest church organs in the West.

Program

March from "The Love of Three Oranges," Op. 33
Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Transcribed by Jean Guillou (1930 – 2019)

Cloister-Garth
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)

Artist's Notes

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. With 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 a great privilege. - RHM

This recital was sponsored by Grace Cathedral and the San Francisco Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.