New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ JAV Recordings)
Ann Elise Smoot, a critically acclaimed concert organist and teacher, teamed up with JAV Recordings to record two historic 18th-century pipe organs in the Alsace region of France. For Ms. Smoot, making connections and placing the organ repertoire in its wider musical and cultural context has always been a part of her teaching philosophy and recital programs. She is currently Professor of Organ at Trinity
Laban Conservatoire in London, as well as co-founder of the RCO London Organ Forum and Education Editor for the publication Organist's Review. She received her BA and MMus from Yale, studied at the Royal Academy of Music
and won two major organ competitions.
Repertoire by Clérambault, Muffat, Böhm, Couperin and Bach are featured on this CD. The program explores the connection between French and German 17th- and 18th-century music. The music is perfectly suited to the 1732 Andreas
Silbermann pipe organ of the beautiful Abbey Church of St Maurice in Ebersmunster and to the 1741 Johann Andreas
Silbermann pipe organ of St Thomas
Church in Strasbourg, organs that reflect both French and German baroque tonal influences.
JAV Recordings hired noted German sound engineer Christoph Martin
Frommen to make this Surround Sound recording, using high bit-rate digital converters and seven DPA Brüel & Kjaer microphones. When listening to this recording on a Surround Sound playback system, the results are remarkable. The spatial relationship and ambient environment of both churches are faithfully reproduced, as well as the crystal clear sound of their Silbermann Pipe Organs. The 5.1 Surround Sound File can be downloaded from https://www.qobuz.com
A 24-page booklet with essays, a biography of the artist and numerous photos are part of the package. The recording is available in CD format, iTunes download, high resolution stereo and Surround Sound downloads from Qobuz. The booklet is available in PDF format with the downloaded file. To purchase a CD copy of this recording, visit https://www.pipeorgancds.com