Julian Wachner’s Triptych for Organ and Large Orchestra was commissioned by Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Montreal in celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2004. Triptych was recorded at Saint Joseph’s Oratory. The building itself, with its magnificent dome, overlooks Mont Royal — from which the city of Montreal derives its name. The main basilica situated at the peak of the structure, boasts a reverberation time of over 5 seconds and is almost two football fields in length! All of these background elements influenced Julian Wachner for the composition of this Triptych for Organ and Large Orchestra.
Julian Wachner is one of North America’s most exciting and versatile musicians, sought-after as conductor, composer, and keyboard artist. In his new position as the inaugural Director of Music and the Arts at Trinity Wall Street, Wachner serves as Principal Conductor of the Trinity Choir, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and of NOVUS NY, the contemporary music orchestra in residence at Trinity Wall Street. This appointment complements his existing roles as Music Director of the Kennedy Center’s GRAMMY® Award-winning Washington Chorus and as Principal Conductor of Opera McGill, Montreal.
Christophe Rodriguez - Le Journal de Montréal - 11 February 2012