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
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
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From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 4:09 PM
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
> 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
> 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.