AN EVENING AT EDGEWOODVon Beckerath Organ
Thomas Arne, Johann Sebastian Bach, Marcel Dupré, Cesar Franck, Harold Friedell, Johann Ludwig Krebs, Felix Mendelssohn, Billy Strayhorn, Louis Vierne
STEPHEN KETTERER, organ
Ralph Blakely, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, JAN/FEB 2006
"...the performances here explore so sensitively every facet of the music's charms and power...[The] recording is of audiophile standard...the bass purrs and roars, the sweetness and delicacy of the flute stops...is breathtaking, and hearing the Beckerath at full bore is a visceral experience. This is a must not only for organ aficionados but for all music lovers."
GRAMOPHONE, DECEMBER 2004
"Throughout, Ketterer plays with energy, technical competence, control and musicality. He is highly successful in his stated desire to '[provide] the listener with some sense of the joy I derive from this glorious instrument' "
THE AMERICAN ORGANIST, JUNE 2005
PROGRAM NOTESStephen Ketterer studied piano as a youth, and after hearing local tracker organ performances, began a long love affair with the instrument. He subsequently began study with Norman Andre, the organist at his church. When the church’s organ began to age, a committee of interested parties was formed to see to its restoration or eventual replacement. Ketterer took a particular interest in this pursuit, and through his involvement developed a great knowledge of organ builders, and the sounds they create through their individual designs. After years of study and performance, he has committed to disc this compelling recital featuring his von Beckerath which was commissioned from builders in Hamburg. Recorded in the spacious Edgewood Music Hall, this program displays Ketterer's skill at the console as well as the magnificent sound of this instrument.
This is one of relatively few commercially available digital recordings of a von Beckerath organ in the United States.
JOHANN LUDWIG KREBS
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
HAROLD W. FRIEDELL