Frederick Hohman plays a program entirely of organ transcriptions of music by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, in this 1991 recording made on the Reuter organ of Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, Colorado. In addition to Romance Op 5, Andante cantabile from the Fifth Symphony and Fantasy-Overture to Romeo and Juliet as transcribed by Edwin H. Lemare, the program contains Hohman's transcription of Marche Slav, Opus 31, and the first recording (played by the transcriber) of his transcription of the 8-movement Nutcracker Suite, Opus 71a.
Whether he’s commanding the “King of Instruments” in the town halls of Australia, in historic English cathedrals, or at noted American universities and festivals, in concert, Frederick Hohman transforms the pipe organ from a “Sunday morning“ instrument into a virtual symphony orchestra. Critics have noted his intense energy “like a victorious athlete” [Portland Press Herald, Maine], thoughtful interpretations “full of fantasy’ [Raleigh News and Observer], his creative use of organ tone with “registrations appropriately kaleidoscopic” [The American Organist magazine], and his pedal technique “the best you’ll ever hear” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]. His concerts have brought appreciative audiences in America and abroad to their feet, sometimes more than once during a concert.
From 1976 to 1978, while in the organ class of David Craighead at the Eastman School of Music - where he earned the Performer’s Certificate, Mus.B., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees - Frederick Hohman was heard on FM radio performing the gamut of organ literature as he hosted a weekly half-hour radio program, aired by affiliates with National Public Radio (USA). In 1984, Frederick Hohman was named First Prize Winner in both the Eighth National Organ-Playing Competition (Mader Foundation, Pasadena, California) and the Arthur Poister Memorial Organ-Playing Competition (American Guild of Organists, Syracuse, New York). Since then, for two decades, he has appeared in concert at the opening of new American pipe organs, for conventions of The American Guild of Organists, The Organ Historical Society and The American Institute of Organbuilders, and in several noted cathedrals and universities throughout the USA and abroad.
In 1987, the first of what was to become his more than 10 critically-acclaimed CD recordings appeared on the Pro Organo label. Hohman’s CD releases have won critics’ favor in the pages of The Absolute Sound, Fanfare, The American Organist, The Diapason and Britain’s Musical Opinion, The Gramophone and Organists’ Review. In 1996, Frederick Hohman made a transition to television, when he became the host and principal performer for 24-episodes of the Midnight Pipes television series. Midnight Pipes aired in several tv markets over PBS affiliates. Performance segments from the series continue to appear on Classic Arts Showcase, a classical music performance program distributed worldwide on the ARTS Cable Channel.
Frederick Hohman also composes original organ and choral music, with scores published by Lawson & Gould, Wayne Leupold Editions and Zarex Corporation. Although to date he has maintained no formal teaching studio, since 1999, he has offered constructive guidance to young organists by serving as the permanent festival artist and adjudicator for the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival and Competition/USA, held every September in greater Hartford, Connecticut.
Current details on Frederick Hohman’s ever-expanding musical life are found on the internet at: www.frederickhohman.net
Excerpt, Track 1, Marche Slav, Opus 31, Tchaikovsky, transcribed by Hohman
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The Diapason ... here is the contemporary virtuoso Hohman, who need no introduction as a champion in both classical and transcription fields, posing, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, half in seriousness, on the cover of this CD booklet with a collection of colorful nutcrackers. And as I listened to this disc, again I am reminded of how the melding of two elements - of child-like fantasy, or naïveté, and the absolute command of an artist over his instrument - which Dupré so well typified, are again brought together in Hohman’s oeuvre. ... This is the first organ CD of any kind which has, over several weeks residing in my music room, captivated and held the attention of adults, pre-schoolers and the ever-illusive teenager! For whatever the magic is that this CD possesses, I cannot recommend it too highly. It brings a little Christmas regardless of the time of year it is played.