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Hi John:

Another tip. You can preview/sample a huge selection of pipe organ music at the website of the Pipe 
Dreams radio show:
http://pipedreams.publicradio.org

And here is a long essay by the host about favorite organ works to explore:
http://pipedreams.publicradio.org/articles/picks.shtml

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Schroth" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 6:10 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Quality pipe organ recordings


> 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!!!
>
> Kind Regards,
>
> John Schroth
> MTS
>
> 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:
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uf2uUzABZQ
>> 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" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> 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 
>>> label.
>>>
>>> <smile>
>>>
>>> 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:
>>> http://prioryrecords.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1832&search=st+thomas
>>>
>>> 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.
>>> http://prioryrecords.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=2029&search=saint+thomas
>>>
>>> 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.
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>>
>>> Richard
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> 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
>>> http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
>>> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.
>>>
>>>
>>
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