James Kibbie: March 15, 2013


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James Kibbie is Professor of Organ at the University of Michigan. He also maintains a full schedule of concert, recording, and festival engagements.

Dr. Kibbie is internationally renowned as an authority on the organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He has performed the complete cycle of Bach organ works in a series of eighteen recitals and is in constant demand as a Bach recitalist and clinician. His recordings of the complete Bach works on historic baroque organs in Germany have been welcomed with enthusiastic critical and audience acclaim. Dr. Kibbie's recordings of all 270 Bach works are available as free internet downloads:

Kibbie earned the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from North Texas State University (Magna cum Laude), the Master of Music in Organ Performance from North Texas State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan.

A reviewer in American Record Guide wrote: "Kibbie's performances are persuasive. His registrations are colorful and effective, he roars through the most complex passages with dazzling facility, and he articulates the rhythmic excitement of the music with a wonderful flexibility and clarity."


Praeludium in C Major, BuxWV 137: Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Trio Sonata III in D Minor, BWV 527: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Andante - Adagio e dolce - Vivace

Fantaisie I : Jehan Alain (1911-1940)

Then to the rolling Heav'n itself I cried,
Asking, "What lamp had Destiny to guide
Her little Children stumbling in the Dark?”
And-"A blind Understanding!" Heav'n replied.
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Fantaisie II : Jehan Alain

Litanies : Jehan Alain

When the Christian soul in its distress
no longer finds new words to implore the mercy of God,
it repeats the same invocation incessantly with a vehement faith.
Reason has reached its limit. Faith alone continues upward.

"Adagio" from Symphony VI, Op. 42/2 : Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

Marche du Veilleur de Nuit : : Charles-Marie Widor
from Bach's Memento

from Sunday Music: Petr Eben (1929-2007)
Moto ostinato - Finale