Organ Music Recommendations
January 8, 2017 12:55 PM   Subscribe

I have been listening to an album of Bach Preludes / Fugues, performed on a organ (here). I like the classical music meanderings, the droning consistency, and especially the organ sound. Could you help me find more like these?

I haven't had a lot of luck finding similar organ music -- often the volume will drop down for a lengthy period, disrupting the constant flow. I am ok with out-of-tune real organs, that adds to the charm.

Could you recommend similar full albums / playlists of songs like these?
posted by tintexas to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Look into E. Power Biggs
posted by BWA at 1:06 PM on January 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Cameron Carpenter is amazing.

He made a great album of all Bach last year (All you Need is Bach), and a more assorted record in 2014 that's amazing (If You Could Read My Mind).
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:46 PM on January 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Give a listen to some Buxtehude. Bach's organ works were heavily influenced by this slightly earlier German baroque composer.
posted by drlith at 1:55 PM on January 8, 2017 [3 favorites]

If you're not already a listener, Pipe Dreams streams their episodes online and has a lot of content online.
posted by Think_Long at 4:27 PM on January 8, 2017

You'll probably like the organ music of Max Reger. He was a late romantic composer much influenced by Bach. He wrote oodles for the instrument; an example at random.

Another composer to listen to is Olivier Messiaen, although you'll have to cherry pick, since much of his music is more timeless and contemplative than constant all-stops-out droning. I movement of his I like is Joie et Clarté des Corps Glorieux.
posted by bertran at 4:31 PM on January 8, 2017

Also, the Organ Sonatas of Paul Hindemith might work for you, though there are some quiet spots. Sonata #1.
posted by bertran at 4:37 PM on January 8, 2017

Seconding Buxtehude, and adding Sweelinck to your list!
posted by orrnyereg at 6:58 AM on January 9, 2017

My favorite is, and always will be, Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3 ("The Organ Symphony."
posted by JimN2TAW at 6:02 AM on January 10, 2017

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