Illuminations (2013)

King, Widor, Eben, Bach, Messiaen, Reubke

SharonRose Pfeiffer

Through the E.M. Skinner Organ at the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Massachusetts, USA, Dr. SharonRose Pfeiffer gives voice to works by master composers from the Baroque to the twentieth century. Recorded in DSD, this album creates a surround-sound experience, enabling listeners to hear the full effect of this organ. In a unique design by Nelson Barden & Associates of Boston, the organ pipes line the north and south side aisles the full length of the church, allowing the entire building to sing.

The program includes Resurrection: Lament, The Rising, The Ecstasy, Reflection by Larry King, Sonate der 94ste Psalm by Julius Reubke, Job for Organ, 6. Penitence and Realization by Petr Eben, Symphonie VI Op. 42: 1. Allegro by Charles-Marie Widor, Fantasia Super “Komm Heiliger Geist” BWV 651 by J.S. Bach, and Messe de la Pentecote: V. Sortie (Le vent d’Esprit) by Olivier Messiaen.

The inspiration for all of these text-based works is outlined in the detailed program notes, giving additional insight to the composers’ thoughts and intentions behind the music.


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SharonRose Pfeiffer

Dr. Pfeiffer received her Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, summa cum laude. She earned her Masters degree and Doctorate in Organ Performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she was teaching assistant to David Craighead in organ and to Arthur Haas in harpsichord. During her time in Rochester, she was also Instructor of Organ and Harpsichord at Nazareth College, and Music Consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester. The winner of a Fulbright scholarship, Dr. Pfeiffer spent a year in Toulouse, coaching with the late composer Xavier Darasse, and researching organ restorations in southern France. During that year, she won first prize in the prestigious Concours Internationale des Arts. One reviewer described her playing as “exuberant…profoundly sensitive.” (La Depêche)

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Illuminations (2013)

King, Widor, Eben, Bach, Messiaen, Reubke

SharonRose Pfeiffer

    Harold Edward Wills

“Spectacular - overwhelming amazing artistry - a SOUND FOR THE AGES!!! The E. M. Skinner organ of the CD is a masterpiece of balance of harmonics, voicing, scale and color that is just overwhelmingly breathtaking! [SharonRose Pfeiffer] is a true virtuoso with all the full implications of the word. She not only plays the music but it is with heart, soul and mind.... if you were looking to have one recording that showed the best organ, the best organ music from many eras, played by the very best artist ... THIS IS THE ONE!”

    Audiophile Audition

A pleasing organ recital in hi-res surround, and most deserving of this format. “The E.M. Skinner organ in the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, MA, has been built so that the pipes run down the main aisles of the church, creating a magnificent surround sound effect for listeners. This is the only pipe organ in the world with this design, so it makes it a natural for 5.0 hi-res surround sound reproduction, which is spectacular and often breathtaking. “Organist and harpsichordist SharonRose Pfeiffer has played throughout the U.S. and France, and has recorded works of Messiaen and Bach. Few of Gloria Dei Artes’ discs are SACDs, and it is very easy to see why this one was decided for that format.” John Sunier, Audiophile Audition

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Illuminations (2013)

King, Widor, Eben, Bach, Messiaen, Reubke

SharonRose Pfeiffer

Mastering Engineer: Mark donahue
Producer: Blanton Alspaugh
Recording Engineer: Jesse Brayman
Recording location: Church of the Transfiguration Orleans Massachusetts
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Resurrection - Lament, The Rising, The Ecstasy, Realization
King
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Symphonie VI, Op. 42 - I. Allegro
Widor
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Job for Organ, 6. Penitence and Realization
Eben
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Fantasia Super - Komm Heiliger Geist - BWV 651
Bach
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Messe de la Pentecote - V. Sortie (Le vent d'Esprit)
Messiaen
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Sonate der 94ste Psalm
Reubke
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