King of Instruments

A listener’s guide to the art and science of recording the organ 


John Eargle takes us on a tour of some of the more interesting organs in the United States and takes on the unique challenges of recording the organ. These included the Rieger Organ in the Church of Pacific Union College, Angwin, California, the three-manual Rosales Organ in Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland, Oregon, the four-manual in San Francisco’s First Unitarian Church, the four-manual Rieger Organ in the Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, The Portland Rosales Organ, the Schudi Organ in the Church of St. Thomas Aquinas in Dallas, Texas, the Pilzecker Organ in St. Jude’s Church, Detroit, Michigan, the Aeolian-Skinner Organ in St. John’s Chapel at the Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts, the famed Marcussen organ at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, and the Casavant Freres organ in the Cathedral of St. Peter in Erie, Pennsylvania.
J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Major Gherardeschi: March Buxtehude: Fugue in D Major J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D Major Lefebure-Wely: Bolero de Concert Durufle: Scherzo Messaien: Dieu Parmi Nous Sowerby: Fantasy for Flute Stops Rorem: Rain over the Quaker Graveyard Dupre: Variations on a Noel