Composer Gerald Near is one of the foremost living composers of church music. This recording presents, for the first time, his complete set of Twenty-Eight Chorales on Hymn Tunes for Organ, along with his Organ Sonata and other works.
Organist and CMU faculty member Steven Egler presents these works on the 56-rank Casavant organ in Central Michigan University's Staples Family Concert Hall. He is joined on some selections by Frances Shelly on flute. The multimedia portion of this Enhanced CD includes a Virtual Organ Crawl and photographs of the pipes from the organ in the concert hall.
“This recording is essential for all who perform, teach, or have an interest in the music of this distinguished American composer.”
- The American Organist