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James Kibbie

Organ Music of Dieterich Buxtehude:
James Kibbie at the Schnitger Organ of St. Ludgeri, Norden, Germany

“This anthology represents some of Buxtehude’s finest works eloquently performed on a remarkable North German organ from the composer’s own time.”
—Arthur Lawrence, The American Organist

“Great control, excellent tempos, clarity, rhythmic excitement, and intelligent, expressive phrasing.  And the organ sounds glorious.  Highly recommended!”
—Bruce Stevens, The Tracker

James Kibbie is Professor of Organ at the University of Michigan.  He also maintains a full schedule of concert, recording, and festival engagements throughout North America and Europe, including appearances at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Royal Festival Hall in London, Dvorak Hall in Prague, and Lincoln Center in New York.  During his month-long concert tour of the Soviet Union in 1991, Pravda hailed him as “a marvelous organist, a brilliant interpreter.”  A frequent jury member of international organ competitions, he has himself been awarded the Grand Prix d'Interprétation at the prestigious International Organ Competition of Chartres, France, and is also the only American to have won the International Organ Competition of the Prague Spring Festival in Czechoslovakia.

In addition to his landmark recording “Organ Works of Dieterich Buxtehude,” Dr. Kibbie has recorded a number of compact discs in the USA, Canada and Europe, including music of Bach, Alain, Tournemire, Sowande, Morrison and Ropek, as well as the Christmas anthology “Merrily on Hill,” recorded on the famed Skinner organ in Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan.

James Kibbie is also internationally renowned as an authority on the organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach. His recent recordings of the complete Bach works on historic baroque organs in Germany have been welcomed with enthusiastic critical and audience acclaim. Thanks to generous support from Dr. Barbara Furin Sloat in honor of J. Barry Sloat, the University of Michigan is offering Dr. Kibbie's recordings of all 270 Bach works as free internet downloads at

James Kibbie's "Organ Works of Dieterich Buxtehude" is available for purchase from the iTunes Music Store. Previews of all selections are also available in the BlockM Records catalog