Read this article and watch the video featured in the LA Times
Review of the CD released last year in the Classical Music Sentinel. Thanks again to Frederick Hohman for his stellar work on this project, and of course to Manuel Rosales
for building such a stunning work of art!
"Instructions on how to play this CD: 1) Close all your windows and doors. 2) Check your house for structural issues. 3) Alert local seismologists about your plans. 4) Crank up the
volume and gasp in amazement at organist Daryl Robinson's flawless technique and solid musicianship, and bask in this magnificent instrument's power. 5) Go around your house and
check all the windows for cracks. 6) Look outside to see if your neighbours have moved away.
The disc opens with the impressive Scherzo symphonique by Pierre Cochereau, one of those rare pieces that imposes severe demands on the performer's technique and stamina, whilst maintaining an extremely musical momentum and dénouement. It also brings out a pipe organ's character by alternating between full stops to only one or two. It's easy to understand why Daryl Robinson won first prize in the 2012 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance when you hear his thrilling reading of this work of gargantuan proportions. And at the other end of the sonic spectrum lies Sigfrid Karg-Elert's Harmonies du soir which highlights this versatile instrument's gentler side. I've heard thousands of recordings in my life, and very rarely have I heard anything as beautiful as the quality of sound this pipe organ produces on the soft, goosebump inducing, final chord of this work. The Tanz-Toccata again allows you to marvel at Robinson's agilities, while the piece by Jean-François Dandrieu brings out his attention to style and period performance. And if you thought that you had heard this organ's full force in the Cochereau, wait 'til you hear the "monster" exposed during the Prelude and Fugue on BACH by Franz Liszt. The final chords alone will make you glad to be alive.
The recording engineers at Pro Organo have very well captured this organ's power as well as the space it occupies. With impressive stops including a 32' Contre Bombarde, this instrument moves great volumes of air. Enjoy! Hope you're on good terms with your neighbours."
Jean-Yves Duperron - February 2014
Walt Disney Concert Hall
The organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall
in Los Angeles is Rosales Opus 24
and is a joint project with Glatter-Götz Orgelbau of Owingen,
Germany. The unique facade, a design collaboration between Manuel Rosales and Disney Hall architect Frank O. Gehry, has become an icon of modern
concert hall organ design.
more on this organ,
including the stoplist, photos, and a full concert schedule. There is also a fascinating
graphic illustration, "Inside the Disney Hall Organ."
Hear the 2004
Inaugural Recital on this organ by Frederick Swann in
archives as Program #0820.
St. Paul's, Richmond VA, Calls New Minister of
David Sinden has been called as the new minister of
music for St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia. The
organ at St. Paul's is Rosales Opus 22. Click for an
article on the church's website.
Opus 11: Trinity Cathedral, Portland OR - 20th Anniversary
The year 2007 marked the 20th anniversary of Rosales
Opus 11 at Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. The event was
observed by a recital featuring John Scott on October
29. Jonathan Ambrosino writes of this instrument:
been now eighteen years since I first saw that organ. I still have
my handwritten notes and impressions from that visit (three years
before my first laptop!). It was David Junchen who urged me to see
it most of all, and Grahame Davis ... and seemingly countless
others. Sometimes it's difficult to think back to those far more
unyielding times, when its fusing of the supposedly unfusable
reflected the culture as much as the instrument itself. It was a
clear watershed, amplified by so many people understanding that very
fact right from the start.
more about this landmark organ, including John Scott's recital program.
Also see an
article about the retirement of John Strege after 37 years as
organist and choirmaster at Trinity.
Opus 32: First Lutheran Church of Venice CA
A new page has been added to this website for the
organ at First Lutheran Church of Venice, California. The instrument
was a collaboration with Parsons Organ Builders. Click for
David Britton Memorial Website
A website in memory of Dr. David Britton
(1942-1992), concert organist and recording artist, has been
established by Manuel Rosales. Anyone with material to contribute
for the site may contact Manuel by
email. Visit the site at
Opus 37: St. Edmund's, San Marino CA
We are honored to have been chosen to rebuild the
historic Aeolian-Skinner organ at St. Edmund's Episcopal Church in
San Marino, California, in the San Gabriel Valley near Los Angeles.
The 31-rank instrument was designed by Joseph Whiteford, who was
then President and Tonal Director of the Aeolian-Skinner Organ
Company of Boston. It is the firm's Opus 1323 from 1957 and was dedicated with
a recital by Irene Robertson on April 13, 1958.
Click for more
on this organ, including the stoplist and photos.
Opus 33: St. Stephen's, Monona WI
The new Rosales
Opus 33 at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Monona, Wisconsin,
was played for the first time in services on Christmas Eve 2005.
The dedication recital was played on David Schrader on June 2, 2006. This 29-stop organ with mechanical action is a collaboration
with Parsons Organ Builders of Canandaigua, New York. Click for
on this organ, including the stoplist and photos.
Also from OHS Press comes Litterai Organi: Essays
in Honor of Barbara Owen, published in celebration of the
fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Organ Historical
Society. This volume includes an essay by Orpha Ochse entitled
"Manuel Rosales and the Los Angeles Organ Renaissance."