I am a bit of a pipe-organ addict. Since childhood I have always enjoyed listening to pipe-organ music, and singing alongside it was always a memorable experience in my years singing in church, school and semi-professional choirs.
Absolutely one of the most beautiful organ pieces ever composed, here is (appropriately enough for Easter time) the pipe organ for the magnificently triumphal hymn Christ The Lord Is Risen Today - here it is being played on the 1892 Johnson & Son Organ at St. Stanislaus Church:
Published on 1 Apr 2012
Saint Stanislaus Parish, Historic Polonia District, Buffalo, New York: Organist & Music Director Peter Gonciarz performs "Christ The Lord Is Risen Today" on the 1892 Johnson & Son Pipe Organ. For more information visit www.StStansBuffalo.com. (April 1, 2012).
Copied from: (3) Christ The Lord Is Risen Today, 1892 Johnson & Son Organ, St. Stanislaus Church - YouTube - <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIH3xqAHQc4>
In the video, it is played twice, the second time (starts at about 2:19mins in the middle) it shows the organist at work. Impressive skill. Just before that bit starts, the roaring of the air in the bellows (air pump) can be distinctly heard in the silence. As the organist is playing, one gets some idea of the time-lag between pressing a key and the sound issuing from the pipes.
My all-time favourite pipe organ music though would probably have to be Widor - Symphonie V, op.42 no.1 Toccata - Allegro
. Here, we are indeed privileged to hear it being played by its composer: Ch. M. Widor plays his Toccata from V Symphony Op. 42 No. 1
Published on 24 Apr 2009
Here the legendary organist plays his most-famous work, Toccata from 5th Symphony. When the recording took place, he had been already 88 years old. He many times mentioned, that Toccata was wrongly popularised, as a plain showpiece, without feeling, but with ridiculously fast tempos. Of course, here the age is a main argument, but... let's the composer speak through his music!
Copied from: (3) Ch. M. Widor plays his Toccata from V Symphony Op. 42 No. 1 - YouTube - <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8vz1D_L_OE>