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- Hartford Cathedral St-Joseph
- G. Hancock : 9 Improvisations on the cathedral windows
- Disque Pro Organo;, sept. 2008 CD / DVD
137-rank, 4 manual Austin Organ (1962) at the Cathedral of St-Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut.
The result was a 68-minute program, a veritable organ symphony in 9 movements. Each movement is Dr. Hancock's musical interpretation of one set of three towering stained-glass windows that line the East and West walls of the sanctuary of the Cathedral of St. Joseph. In addition to 8 improvisation on the 8 sets of theme windows in the Cathedral nave, Dr. Hancock offers a ninth improvisation in response to the ”Christ the King” window that overlooks the organ pipes in the Cathedral's gallery.
There is a wide range of musical moods among the nine improvisations, and a variety of forms are used, including a free-form Toccata, a Scherzo, and a Prelude and Fugue. The multi-camera production allows us to observe up-close the manual and pedal techniques that have made Dr. Hancock's improvisations so legendary. Performance video is merged with stunning videography of the stained-glass windows by the 20th-century French master, Jean Barillet.