Product Code: DG 10049
Artist: Bach, Michael Murray
Origin: USA
Label: Telarc (1980)
Format: LP
Availability: In Stock
Cover: VG
Record: VG+
Genre: Classical U

The Great Organ At Methuen

Very smart clean vinyl housed in a gatefold cover having sticker removal tear on top left.

Michael Murray (born March 19, 1943 in Kokomo, Indiana) is an American-born organist and writer.[1]

Murray studied at Butler University and the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, before private study with Marcel Dupré in Paris. (He was the last important student of Dupré, of whom he would later write a biography.) During the 1968–69 performance season, Murray performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach in a series of twelve recitals in Cleveland.  He later commemorated the 150th birthday of César Franck by playing that composer's complete organ works in 1972. He repeated the cycle for the hundredth anniversary of Franck's death (1990, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.)[2] Murray's performances have included nearly every major city in North America, with numerous appearances as a soloist with major orchestras.[3][4][5]  Critics hailed Murray's rare combination of technique, thoughtfulness, and musical feeling. He has made many recordings on the Telarc label,[6]  featuring the works of Bach, Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns and others.[1]

Murray is now retired from concert performing and recording. He also retired in June, 2014, from St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio, where he was organist for 31 years. He was named organist emeritus. He is also a librarian in the Music and Dance Library at The Ohio State University.[7]

Murray has written many articles and has published five books.  His Marcel Dupré:  The Work of a Master Organist (Northeastern University Press, ISBN 0-930350-65-0) is in its third printing.  He has also written French Masters of the Organ (Yale University Press, ISBN 0-300-07291-0) and served as editor for A Jacques Barzun Reader (HarperCollins, ISBN 0-06-093542-1).  He has written a biography of Jacques Barzun, Jacques Barzun: Portrait of a Mind (Frederic C. Beil, ISBN 1929490410).

Murray has been awarded an honorary doctorate by The Ohio State University (2000).[8]