Howells “By the Waters of Babylon”

This is a wonderful and undeservedly obscure work of Herbert Howells on the text of Psalm 137. The unorthodox instrumentation has meant that concert halls often show the piece to better effect than churches. This recording is at Edythe Bates Old Recital Hall at the Shepherd School, Rice University.

Chris Besch, baritone
Sam Park, violin
Max Geissler, cello
Bryan Anderson, organ

Durufle “Tambourin”

This is an original transcription by me of Durufle’s “Tambourin,” which is the third of the Trois danses pour orchestre, Op. 6.  While Durufle prepared versions for piano, this is the first adaptation to the organ.

Landscapes of Patmos

This is a live recording of Petr Eben’s “Landscapes of Patmos” (Images from the Revelation of St. John), made March 20, 2017 at Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. Bryan Anderson is on organ and Keith Hammer, III is on percussion. This dramatic and mystical work is not heard often, despite Eben’s brilliant orchestration between the ensembles and blazing depictions of the apocalypic symbols. At you can find written notes that explain the associations and allusions within this piece.