The Watjen Concert Organ in Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington, is one of only a few large modern organs designed and built specifically for a symphonic concert hall. On this release from Loft Recordings, organist Carole Terry presents the first solo recording made on this wonderful new instrument. She shows off the instruments versatility with a tour of the repertoire from Widor to Sweelinck and almost everything in between.
Carole Terry held the position of Resident Organist and Curator for the Seattle Symphony from 2000-2003 and was fortunate to premiere the instrument. It’s only fitting that she should produce its solo recording as well. Terry is a professor of organ and harpsichord at the University of Washington and has toured widely. Her performances are a credit to both her skill and the beauty of this magnificent instrument.
We’ve been listening to music performed on one of the newest instruments, but this week’s quick pick features recordings on antique instruments dating from the 16th to 18th centuries. On the Plectra Music label, a new 3 CD release highlights the complete harpsichord concertos of J.S. Bach. The performances are from Davit Moroney, Karen Flint, Arthur Haas, JungHae Kim and Adam Pearl.