From the Heartland
Two Nordlie Organs in South Dakota
Peter Sykes, organist
About the Instruments
The selections by Buxtehude, Bruhns, and Woodman were recorded at the Brandon Lutheran Church, Brandon, South Dakota. The selections by Brahms, Bach, and Heiller were recorded at the First United Methodist Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
For more information about Nordlie pipe organs, please visit the J. F. Nordlie web site. This site also has sound samples from this disc.
About the Performer
Active as a solo performer on organ, harpsichord, clavichord, and fortepiano, Peter Sykes has appeared at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Library of Congress.
Mr. Sykes received degrees from the New England Conservatory and Concordia University in Montréal, studying with Gabriel Chodos, Robert Schunemann, Blanche Winogron, Yuko Hayashi, Mireille Lagacé, and Bernard Lagacé.
He was the winner of the Chadwick Medal from the New England Conservatory for outstanding undergraduate achievement in 1978, and in 1993 was laureate of the Erwin Bodky award for excellence in the performance of early music. He is Director of Music at First Church (Congregational) in Harvard Square, Cambridge, and Chairman of the Early Music Department and instructor in organ and harpsichord at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.
Peter Sykes has recorded music by Couperin and Rameau on Ti-229.
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