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CD RELEASE : Michael Dudman - one of Australia's foremost concert organists playing the Great Organ at Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Massachusetts.

After almost 30 years recordings of Michael Dudman one of Australia's foremost concert organists playing the iconic Great Organ at Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Massachusetts is to be made available on compact disc and digital download. Recorded in September 1990 and subsequently broadcast in January 1991 on Newcastle radio station 2NUR FM as part of his radio series 'Great Organs of America'.

 

The master tapes were found in 2004 and after many years of painstaking research with assistance from organ players and scholars from across the globe, these recordings have finally been curated and will be available on 7th August 2019 - 25 years since Michael's passing.

 

Featuring works by:

Louis Vierne

Alexandre Guilmant

Theodore Dubois

Joseph Bonnet

Leon Boellmann

 

Michael Dudman’s career as a radio broadcaster spanned 30 years and rewarded listeners with a wealth of recorded material from around the globe. He made frequent solo and concerto appearances throughout Australia and recorded for Chartreuse, ABC and Festival Records. He was also the first Artist-in-Residence for the Sydney Opera House with a season lasting over just over three months.

 

He made a number of documentary programs on Australian and American organs including;

Organs of the Hunter Valley Organs of Western Australia Historic Organs of Sydney Historic Organs of Tasmania Great Organs of America

 

Michael’s radio show Organ Music with Michael Dudman, broadcast on 2NUR ran for over 2 years and boasted an impressive feat; never playing the same piece twice. Such a challenge awarded the show with almost a thousand different pieces, and winning the BASF Award for Best Australian Music Program of public radio in 1992.

 

"A Master of music with a rare talent"

- Sydney Morning Herald

"A Musician of rare skill and grace"

- The Australian

 

Recordings of Michael, which were presumed lost, have been found by chance and are to be released in August 2019.

The recordings were made in September 1990 during Michael's 3rd tour of the USA, for the radio series "Great Organs of America" which was subsequently broadcast on 2NUR Radio.

 

The recordings feature works by Bach, Couperin, Vierne, Guilmant, Boellmann and others, and were recorded at Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Jamaica Plain, & Wolburn Massachusetts.

 

The DAT tapes were recovered during the clearance of an office in Sydney, but with no accompanying log sheets the recordings were of little use for release. After years of painstaking research the recordings have finally been curated and will be available for CD for the first time as part of a special release to commemorate the 25th anniversary since Michaels passing.

 

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