“One of the finest of symphonic concert artists is certainly Thomas Murray. He follows in the grand tradition of W. T. Best as well as Edwin H. Lemare. This new Delos recording is certainly no exception to this rule. The artist has selected two superb symphonic compositions for this recording as well as selecting one of the finest of symphonic organs built by the Schoenstein Organ Company and located in St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas, 4-80 – (Opus 145).… The instrument utilized in this recording is certainly a prime example of this philosophy of great organ building for a church.… This instrument’s tonal design has everything needed for the success in performing romantic symphonic transcriptions: lush and orchestral strings, orchestral and large solo reeds including bright trumpet and outstanding tuba stops; broad diapasons and warm and lush orchestral flutes which add up to the art of the organ builder.… Added to this specification, the artistry of Thomas Murray and his total understanding for the art of the organ transcription and one finds a perfect combination between organ and virtuoso. His colorful registrations combined with nuance and subtle expression (this expression utilizes two stages of expression on certain divisions of this organ which makes 4P expression possible) as well as his total understanding for the art of the musical phrase makes for a total artistic whole as well as one of the finest of symphonic organ transcription albums available on the market today. Excellent program notes feature the complete specification of this fine instrument. Highly recommended. An excellent recording to demonstrate one’s stereo system.” —Dennis E. Ferrara
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