In this 77-minute recording, organist Frederick Hohman presents a program of 12 of his favorite movements from the 10 Organ Symphonies of Charles-Marie Widor [1844-1937] upon the 1927 Casavant organ, recently revived by Schantz Organ Company in the sanctuary of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi (greater Twin Cities), Minnesota USA. The 20-page booklet contains a 4000-word essay by Dr. Hohman about Widor and his music, as well as a brief history of the organ and the organ specification.
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
Soar Above - from the Widor Organ Symphonies Synopsis
St. Andrew‘s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, Minnesota USA WEBSITE
20 pp booklet, traycard, jewelbox
The American Record Guide “Frederick Hohman is well known in organ circles. A prize-winning artist, he has made numerous recordings ... This sampler is not only well played, but the instrument heard ... combines French and German qualities into a very pleasing sonority. ... Hohman plays with authority and ease, and the clarity of the engineering makes this recording a must ... High marks for this practical addition to the Widor collection.” - Metz, Jan / Feb 2012
The Blu-ray Audio version of this title goes on sale on June 28, 2012.
The Diapason, Oct 2011 “Hohman has mastered and captured the true essence of Widor‘s legacy and performs the music in a way that is refreshing and unmistakably alive. ... Hohman has encapsulated the true essence of French interpretation not only in splendid registrations but also in tempi that bring out the lyrical characteristics of the melodic line. ... articulation, warmth, fluidity of melodic line, and sound color are all combined with his sense of control and beauty.“ - Kevin D. Parizo Ph.D.