Organ Recital by Richard M. Peek, S. M. D.
by Richard M Peek, CD from
the original LP record, 1966
In 1949, Alexander McCurdy serving as consultant for Covenant Presbyterian
Church of Charlotte, North Carolina, recommended Aeolian-Skinner as the
builder of the finest organs in America, and the contract was signed for
Opus 1196. The IV/86 organ was
built in 1952 with tonal finishing by G Donald Harrison and first played
in 1953. Richard Peek played these pieces on the organ as it existed
in 1966. Included in the 12 page booklet are all of the original liner
notes, full organ specification, capsule biography, photo, and AGO tribute
from 1999. I have endeavored to keep the best organ sound from this private
label recording, and therefore there are a few artifacts from the age of
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This Is A New Recording
Richard M Peek (1927–2005) and his wife, Betty, were
an enormous influence on the musical life of Charlotte for more than 40 years.
Dr Peek served three terms as AGO Chapter Dean, served on the committees for The
and The Presbyterian Hymnal (1990), conducted community Messiah performances
and concerts involving multiple Charlotte church choirs and orchestra,
played organ and harpsichord recitals, taught private lessons, brought well-known
organists to Charlotte for recitals and master classes, performed Gilbert &
Sullivan operettas, passions, masses, organized and led large-scale trips for
high school choir members, wrote organ and choral music, served as a regional
organ consultant, and much more. The Charlotte Chapter of AGO sponsors a yearly
organ recital in honor of the Peeks’ many years of service and musical
contributions to our area.