every now and then I like to listen to pipe organ music, but the thing is classical organ music is quite underrepresented in my Roon library. Could you guys help me out and give me some recommendations, please? I’m mainly looking for downloadable albums you guys regard as exceptionally well-recorded. Anything from baroque to contemporary compositions — I’m open to suggestions. Any listening tips will be greatly appreciated!!!
Looking forward to your posts…
Intriguing and contemporary (1 month old :-)):
This recording however has little to do with “jazz”, although it could only have been made by an improviser of subtle sensibilities. Some of Downes’s earliest musical experiences were as a church organist and in recent years he has been revisiting the instrument, exploring its sonic possibilities and idiosyncrasies, in improvisations both melodic and textural. In November 2016 producer Sun Chung followed Downes to three English churches – the Snape Church of John the Baptist and Bromeswell St Edmund Church – both in Suffolk – and Union Chapel Church in Islington, London. These are very different acoustic spaces housing organs of very different characters which Downes investigates creatively.
Thanks a lot, Rene. That’s a great recording. I’ve had this album since shortly after it’d been released. Like it a lot. As you know, you aren’t the only ECM fan in this forum…
don’t know this one yet. Will check it out as soon as possible. Thanks!!!
I still have a 2L -Recording of Terje Winge (Organism) that I didn’t rip to HDD yet. Highly recommended, too!
Thanks, have just sent you a PM.
I’m well aware of that and I would have bet a good sum to you already owning the recording, but since this thread is bound to become a staple for pipe lovers, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to add.
I know I’ve been treasure hunting your Piano and Drums threads…
And it certainly didn’t!!! Much appreciated!!! In fact, your post reminded me of this album again. That’s why I had another listen to it today. Very creative/original approach to this beautiful and awe-inspiring instrument.
An odd but interesting one: Cameron Carpenter and his travelling digital pipe organ:
Michael Murray on Telarc label. I only see the Saint Saens 3rd on Tidal , but the solo Bach works are great if you can find them. Mine is on vinyl.
I listened to the organ in the Duke chapel a few years ago, and it reminded me of how pathetic our hifi systems are…
I don’t know what counts as “audiophile” in this thread, but DGG and Archiv recordings of the late Helmut Walcha have been delighting me since I got my first one in vinyl in the 70s (yes, that’s a picture of the original boxset, from my daughter’s A-to-D conversion of my vinyl collection)
This is easier to find in digital form:
sorry, I usually avoid this awkward word like the plague, but I needed something short and catchy for the TITLE of this thread…
What I really meant was albums you guys regard as exceptionally well-recorded… Your recommendations definitely meet this criterion IMHO. Thanks a whole bunch!
Can you get this album? Not available for streaming as far as I can tell. Very French program on a Fisk instrument. I know the organist, the room, and the organ. I think it is very nice, I had the Vierne “Carrilon de Westminster” played at my daughter’s wedding I liked it so much. She didn’t so I had to sneak it in.
When I saw your request I immediately thought of this recording:
It’s a Wilson Audio Audiophile recording. I bought it as a download from HDtracks. The Buxtehude is not only my favorite track from the album but one of my favorites of my entire collection. I should note that the track metadata was not correct. Everything is in the right order but the Haydn, for example, occupies two tracks instead of four.