Three powerful organ performances by Sri Chinmoy.
Dear listeners, we bring you three historical performances by Sri Chinmoy, two from the Netherlands, and one from Norway. For correct historical perspective, we quote directly from the CD notes:
“The Aspiration-Power-Mountain cassette tape was released in 1989 containing only the two Dutch performances. A Norwegian performance from the same concert tour was added for the present CD.
When Sri Chinmoy began playing organ in 1987 he requested that each of his performances be documented to include not only its date and location but also details such as the time of day and information about the instrument he played.”
Track 1- Haarlem, The Netherlands
“The St. Bravo Church (Grote Kerk) has one of then world’s most historically important pipe organs. Construction of the church was begun in 1307, and its first pipe organ was installed in 1630 by Galtus and Germer van Hagerbeer. The present instrument was the world’s largest when Christian Muller of Amsterdam built it in 1738. This organ was considered the most complex man-made device known, and was already a tourist attraction when it was new. George Frederic Handel was charmed by its vox humana setting that imitated the human voice; Felix Mendelssohn played on it, and in 1766 the 10-year old Mozart created a stir when he performed on it. A local story tells that the organ’s thunderous sounds have loosened the church’s foundation stones. The organ was modified numerous times, most notably by Marcussen & Son in 1961, and despite its 275-year history, ninety percent of its 5,000 original pieces are still in use. This is Sri Chinmoy’s 32nd organ performance.”
Track 2- Den Haag, The Netherlands
“The Great Church (Grote Kerk, St. James Church) in Den Haag began as a wooden chapel in the thirteenth century. Its first pipe organ was installed around 1518, and in 1882 a new instrument was built by J. Fr. Witte of Utrecht. The present instrument was built in 1971 by Metzler and Sons of Dietikon, Switzerland. This is Sri Chinmoy’s 33rd organ performance.
Track 3- Oslo, Norway
” The Ullern Church in Oslo was built in 1903. In 1987 the Swedish firm Akerman & Lund replaced the church’s original instrument with a modern tracker organ. This is Sri Chinmoy’s 35th organ performance.”
Artist: Sri Chinmoy
Name: “Aspiration-Power-Mountain” CD by Sri Chinmoy
Composer: Sri Chinmoy
Release Year: 2014
Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes
Tracks uploaded and published: Kamalakanta Nieves and Tejvan Pettinger
Format: Advanced Audio Coding