Wednesday, December 29, 2010

'Reverie' of William Grant Still on Delos CD 'Cherry Rhodes Live at the Kimmel Center'

[TOP: William Grant Still (1895-1978); (Photo is the sole property of William Grant Still Music, and is used with permission.) BOTTOM: Cherry Rhodes Live at the Kimmel Center; Cherry Rhodes, Organist; Delos DE 3381 (2010)]

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
“2010 Year in Review - Great Releases
To wrap up the past year, we want to focus on our fantastic releases, and perhaps remind you a few you've forgotten!”

“Cherry Rhodes Live at the Kimmel Center
DE 3381
Premiere solo recital recording, The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, Dobson Opus 76, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania”

“Encore: WILLIAM GRANT STILL: Reverie” (2:04)
"Cherry Rhodes, one of our era’s outstanding concert organists, performs a festive recital during the inaugural year of this splendid new instrument in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Her program is beautifully planned to introduce the instrument and its wide range of colors. The recorded sound is clear, warm and dimensional.”

The track can be heard on a special music player provided on the page of the Delos Music Blog. Others who have recorded Reverie on CD include Philip Brunelle and the late African American organist Lucius Weathersby. William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, where a complete Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma is featured. The following is an excerpt from the entry on Reverie by William Grant Still:

“Reverie, for organ (1962). Los Angeles: Avant Music, Western International Music, 1962 (A.G.O prelude book). Première: 1962/III/12; Pasadena; Pasadena Presbyterian Church; Robert Pritchard, organ. Duration: 3:56. Library: Library of Congress (holograph).

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