Thanks to everyone for their input on recommendations for quality pipe
organ recordings. At some point this week I will re-read all the posts,
make some notes and order some of the recommendations that the ARCS
community has made!!!
On 4/19/2015 4:45 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Getting a bit into the organ weeds here ...
> The St. Thomas Church organ that Richard recorded was somewhat
> modified from what Mercury recorded in 1957 (and, in fact, in 1956,
> the organ had been extensively modified from its original
> construction). There was a roof leak in 1966 that damaged the organ,
> requiring repairs. And then there was a renovation that somewhat
> changed the sound. Richard's recording of Ms. Hancock is very
> detailed, some of the best hearing of what that organ's higher-pitched
> pipes sound like. It also fits very nicely with the Dupre pieces,
> because they are thickly arranged (ie many notes sounding in quick
> succession), and a closer-in perspective prevents the notes from being
> buried in a muddy echo haze.
> The St. Thomas organ is being replaced. In fact, in this video the
> church produced featuring former Newsweek editor Jon Meecham:
> a dismissive tone is taken toward those who loved the old organ. Note
> that when Meecham gets talking about the organ, the Mercury Widor
> recording by Dupre is in the background.
> I was just in the church on Friday. There is construction going on all
> over the place. Despite the hustle and bustle on 5th Ave, and the
> construction, it was surprisingly quiet and peaceful in the chapel. I
> was happy to see the old organ before it gets ripped out.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Richard L. Hess"
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Quality pipe organ recordings
>> I can recommend "Organs of New York, Vol I" Judith Hancock at St.
>> Thomas Church on the HESSOUND label.
>> Actually, the two Dupré pieces on it were re-released on the Priory
>> Label out of the UK, but it appears to have gone out of print.
>> I have not heard this one:
>> While this is a Christmas album, recorded by moi at St. Thomas in
>> 1982 --the hiss is organ windchest noise, not tape hiss--the
>> mastering engineer still tried to remove a bit of it.
>> It has some nice snapshots of the organ and the noted choir is in
>> good form.
>> Both the ProOrgano and the JAV recordings I've heard were good. I
>> don't know if ProOrgano is still carrying the Dorothy Papadokos
>> recordings at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, but she did a
>> great job in that wonderful space. She left since there was no organ
>> to play after the fire maybe fifteen years ago.
>> For Theatre organs, the late Tom Hazleton Pipes of the Mighty
>> Wurlitzer at the San Sylmar organ in California.
>> On 2015-04-19 1:21 PM, John Schroth wrote:
>>> Good question - I should have been more specific. Classical mostly
>>> although I might have an interest in picking up some theatre as well.
>>> Kind Regards,
>>> John Schroth
>> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
>> Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
>> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.
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