CD Duration: 68.50 / Year: 2015
February 2015 limited re-release of Nicholas Martin & Terry Charles’s 1998 album at the Grand Duchess Organ at the Kirk of Dunedin in Florida, USA.
March: Sons of the Brave (NM)
Battle Hymn of the Republic (TC)
Canadian Capers (NM)
Born Free / Exodus Theme (TC)
Here’s That Rainy Day / September in the Rain (NM)
Liechtensteiner Polka (TC)
Is it True What They Say About Dixie / New York, New York / California, Here I Come (NM)
All I Ask of You (TC)
Original Dixieland One-Step (NM)
Elmer’s Tune (TC)
Crazy / Love is a Many Splendored Thing (NM)
Love Makes the World Go ’Round (TC)
Send in the Clowns (TC)
The Washington Post March (TC)
Selections from “Oklahoma” (NM)
Choo Choo Samba (NM)
The Stars and Stripes Forever (TC)
(NM) = Nicholas Martin
(TC) = Terry Charles
Nicholas Martin & Terry Charles2015
The Kirk of Dunedin Community Church in Dunedin, Florida houses one of the greatest orchestral pipe organs in the world. Designed and assembled by Terry Charles, Curator of the Organ, the organ comprises windchests and pipes from various historic instruments. It is unique in source, installation and variety of voices. One third of the organ is theatrical, two thirds are romantic classical. The world famous pipe organ enjoys the appropriate title, “The Grand Duchess”.
The Sanctuary of the Kirk was designed architecturally and acoustically with music from a grand organ in mind. Likewise, the pipe chambers which house the multitude of pipes are of special design and construction to allow the organ’s voices to “bloom” into magnificent music.
The ivory and gold leaf four manual console was designed and built by Mr. Charles. The organ was greatly increased in versatility and capacity in 1997, the “horseshoe” features an array of 307 stop tabs which virtually surround the organist. The console, a creation in itself, is one of the largest in the world – controlling one hundred ranks, genuine orchestral percussion instruments and TWO concert grand pianos!
Organ & Keyboard Cavalcade Review
We start this issue with the first release of 2015 (which incidentally is by the same artist as the last release of 2014). The player in question is Nicholas Martin, although he’s only playing half this CD, with the remainder played by American organist Terry Charles. Mr. Charles is also the designer and “assembler” of the theatre organ featured here, “The Grand Duchess” at the Kirk of Dunedin in Florida, USA.
Nick released a solo DVD from the Kirk back in 2010 to celebrate the organs 25th anniversary. He also released a “25 Years at the Kirk” CD and some of the material on that CD was taken from this release in 1998, although we never stocked that original version.
If you don’t have any of those releases, then let me introduce you to the organ, or rather let the inlay do so… “The Kirk of Dunedin Community Church in Dunedin, Florida houses one of the greatest orchestral pipe organs in the world…, the organ comprises windchests and pipes from various historic instruments. It is unique in source, installation and variety of voices. One third of the organ is theatrical, two thirds are romantic classical.”
The organ is a four-manual, one-hundred rank behemoth, finished off in ivory and gold leaf (no less). The horseshoe console almost surrounds the player and features 307 stop tabs. As well as the one-hundred ranks, the console also controls genuine orchestral percussion instruments, plus not one, but two concert grand pianos. The pipe chambers and the space within the church (the sanctuary) were designed “architecturally and acoustically” with a grand organ in mind and from what I can hear on this CD, it certainly does sound grand. The CD has a lovely rich sound and I swear you can even hear the gold leaf vibrating through the speakers!
Highlights include, “Born Free / Exodus Theme” (TC), “Here’s That Rainy Day / September in the Rain” (NM), “Is it True What They Say About Dixie” (Medley)(NM), “All I Ask of You” (TC), “Love Makes the World Go ’Round” (TC), “If” (TC) and “Selections from Oklahoma” (NM).
Review by Ian King from Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine.