Recital - James Welch (2013)

Koetsier, Bach, Pepping, Carvalho

James Welch

THE ORGAN used in this recording is a tracker-action organ built in 1966 by Dirk A. Flentrop of Zaandam, Holland, for All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, California. Some of the principles of organ construction embodied in this superb instrument include: a free-standing case, so that the sound of the pipes is unhampered; tracker action, so that the organist’s fingers have direct control over the speaking of the pipes: slider chests, so that all pipes of a division speak synchronously and harmoniously; low wind pressure with lightly-nicked pipes, so that each rank speaks with its characteristic clarity and beauty; and. most important of all, perfect voicing so that the tone is even and perfectly blended throughout the entire range of the instrument. The organ has 1,144 pipes arranged in 22 ranks.

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James Welch

University Organist and Carillonneur since 1977 at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is a native of California. He studied from 1968 to 1969 at Brigham Young University, and in 1970 he attended the Mozarteum Akademie in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied with Professor Josef F. Doppelbauer. In 1972 he began his studies at Stanford University with Professor Herbert Nanney. As a graduate student he was appointed University Assistant Organist, and in the summer of 1975 he served as Acting University Organist. In 1974 he completed his Master's Degree Project with Josef Doppelbauer in Salzburg, and in 1975 he studied pipe organs in South America on a grant from Stanford University. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in June 1977. Dr. Welch is an Associate Member of the American Guild of Organists and is currently the Dean of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Guild. He has also studied with Alexander Schreiner in Salt Lake City and with Jean Langlais at Ste. Clotilde in Paris. He has performed on carillons and organs in England, France, Germany, Austria, Brazil, and throughout the United States. Dr. Welch has released two previous recordings of organ music, "Concert" and "Recital", produced by Wilson Audio Specialties.

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Recital - James Welch (2013)

Koetsier, Bach, Pepping, Carvalho

James Welch

    International Audio Review

"This is easily the finest full range organ disc we've ever heard, a stunning achievement on all counts. Its full frequency range, clean and lucid revelation of many complex textures, and tactile imaging set standards that other organ records will struggle to emulate."

International Audio Review

    The Absolute Sound

"Here's a prime example of a 'little guy' showing the so-called giants of the industry how to do it."

The Absolute Sound

    Diapason

"The record is an equally-good demonstration of the organ, the music and the performer. It is highly recommended."

Diapason

Recital - James Welch (2013)

Koetsier, Bach, Pepping, Carvalho

James Welch

Mastering Engineer: Bruce Brown, Puget Sound Studios - Transfer from Analog Master Tape to DSD 64fs
Recording Engineer: David Wilson (Original Analogue Recordings)
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Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog to DSD64

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1.
Partita for English Horn and Organ, Op. 41, No. 1
Koetsier
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18 Chorales, BWV 651-668, Leipziger Chorale
Bach
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Kleines Orgelbuch - Sonne der Gerechtigkeit
Pepping
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Kleines Orgelbuch - Nun freut euch lieben Christen gmein
Pepping
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Kleines Orgelbuch - Freuet euch, ihr Christen alle
Pepping
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Organ Concerto in G Major, BWV 592 (arr. of concerto by Prince Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar)
Bach
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Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727
Bach
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Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578
Bach
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Organ Sonata in D Major
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