Title - 'Crossroads'
Artist - Mark Pacoe (Organ)
For those not in the know, Mark Pacoe is a famed organist from New York City. He has been experimenting with the sounds of the organ since he was a child, inclusive of having done so in a reverberant, large English Gothic church in Butler, Pennsylvania.
This kind of experience obviously inspired him in this studies in not only music, but also history, culture and spirituality. These formative high school years included master classes at Youngstown State University, a choir tour of Italy, and an AFS foreign exchange program in Germany. With the tremendous support of my his family and teachers, he subsequently, and rightly so, let's be quite honest here, pursued a career as a church and concert musician.
Currently rhe Director of Music and Organist at St. Malachy’s – The Actors’ Chapel in the heart of New York City’s Theater District and Times Square, he now brings us Crossroads. Located on West 49th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, St. Malachy's Roman Catholic Church was founded in 1902. And although the years have seen many changes in the neighborhood of the church, St. Malachy's remains today, an active, integral part of its most unusual, most dynamic community.
St. Malachy's service to its community was comparable to that of most other Catholic churches in New York City up until about 1920. Then the Theatre District moved in and suddenly, actors, dancers, musicians, craftsmen, and tourists were filling the seats, replacing the types of parishioners St. Malachy's had seen in previous years.
1. Ouverture, from Symphonies d'Alcione, 1706, Marin Marais, arr. Henk Verhoef
2. Air des faunes et driades, from Symphonies d'Alcione, 1706, Marin Marais, arr. Henk Verhoef
3. March en rondeau, from Symphonies d'Alcione, 1706, Marin Marais, arr. Henk Verhoef
4. Bourée, from Symphonies d'Alcione, 1706, Marin Marais, arr. Henk Verhoef
5. Prélude, from Symphonies d'Alcione, 1706, Marin Marais, arr. Henk Verhoef
6. Marche et airs des matelots, from Symphonies d'Alcione, 1706, Marin Marais, arr. Henk Verhoef
7. Ritournelle, from Symphonies d'Alcione, 1706, Marin Marais, arr. Henk Verhoef
8. Chaconne, from Symphonies d'Alcione, 1706, Marin Marais, arr. Henk Verhoef
9. Chant de May, Op. 53, No. 1, by Joseph Jongen
10. Miroir by Ad Wammes
11. Prelude in C major BuxWV 137 by Buxtehude
12. Hommage à Dietrich Buxtehude by Petr Eben
13. Saluto Angelico from Cathedral Windows, six pieces for organ, Op. 106, No. 5 by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
14. What A Friend We Have in Jesus! from Three Gospel Preludes, Book I by William Bolcom
15. Hamburger Totentanz from Trois Préludes Hambourgeois by Guy Bovet
From the heart of New York City at Times Square, Crossroads is an exciting CD of contrasting organ music that debuts the artist Mark Pacoe, and instrument by Peragallo. With a running time of 67:35, this album, amongst many of the same ilk that you have in your possession, will definitely breathe new life into that said same collection. Of that, you have my word.