Parley Belnap at the Organ, BYU Jerusalem Center [CD] - Parley Belnap

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Organist Parley Belnap interprets a wide range of religious and secular music on the BYU Jerusalem Center organ.

Parley Belnap played and recorded these selections on the organ housed at the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies in Israel. Sitting atop Mount Scopus near the Mount of Olives, the eight-story center overlooks Jerusalem from the east. On the top floor, the organ is perched at the back of a 334 seat recital hall surrounded in glass to optimize the panoramic vista. Facing opposite the organ, the audience can simultaneously savor an organ recital and bask in spectacular views of the Old City. This compact disc showcases the instruments varied sounds and features a broad mix of styles that should appeal to a general audience.

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1. Toccata in D Minor
Johann Sebastian Bach

2. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Johann Sebastian Bach

3. My Heart Is Filled with Longing
Johann Sebastian Bach

4. Sonata NO. 6 in D Minor
Felix Mendelssohn

5. Hymn Improvisation on Cwn Rhondda
Paul Manz

6. Aria
Jan-Baptiste Loeillet

7. Benedictus
Max Reger

8. Prelude, Fugue, and Variation
César Franck

9. Adagio
Alexandre Guilmant

10. Minuet- Song of the Quail
Franz Joseph Haydn

11. March
Franz Joseph Haydn

12. Chorale Prelude on O God, Thou Faithful God
Flor Peeters

13. Passages in Arpeggio Form on the Pedals
Flor Peeters

14. Hymn Prelude on We Gather Together
Wilbur Held

15. Hymn Prelude on I Am a Child of God
Robert Manookin

16. Festive Trumpet Tune
David German


Produced by Ron Simpson and Parley Belnap

Recorded by Bona Belnap in the upper auditorium, BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies, R. J. Snow, director

Digital editing and mastering by Troy Sales

Tantara Records is an enterprise center in the School of Music at Brigham Young University, and part of the College of Fine Arts and Communications.

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  • 5
    Deja Vu

    Posted by David Ellsworth on 14th Mar 2014

    Parley Belnap taught me many things in my college classes, not the least of which was how to PROPERLY play the organ. I needed him and he delivered wonderfully! What I hear on this recording is the same registrations and meticulous attention to detail that he drilled into me. But even more than his teaching I treasure his example as a loving, dedicated, spiritual man. Many of the pieces he plays here are ones he taught me. He is the standard bearer for hundreds like me, and I'm so pleased to finally have a recording of his playing. I would have liked to hear a little more of the ambience of the room, but otherwise the recording is excellent and the variety of styles and sounds is perfect.