I love organ music and I have special sweet-spot for *everything* JS Bach ever wrote for the massive pipe instrument, and an equal adoration and fascination for contemporary organ literature. Zorn's first instrument was actually the organ, and he was already putting his fingers to work by the age of 9. As actual "captured" commercially available performances/ recordings, "The Hermetic Organ", is in three Volumes, the first two recorded live at St. Paul's Chapel in New York City. From torrential intervals raining down the pipes, to the ecclesiastical moments of modal prayer, to the restraint of a Webern-like simplicity, Volume 2 is my absolute favorite and the rewards add up and reveal themselves more and more each time one listens (good headphones needless to say make the experience that much more fantastical).
Tzadik discs usually come with the signature informative spine, that is loose once you unwrap the plastic. Saving you all the 1 second it would take to enlarge the photo, here is what is said of Vol. 2:
"Drawing upon traditions as varied as Messiaen, Xenakis, Ligeti, Bach, Tournemire, Ives, Korla Pandit and The Phantom of the Opera, Zorn’s organ improvisations are transcendent, inspiring, ecstatic experiences, offering a direct line to the workings of his rich compositional imagination. Performed at St. Paul’s Chapel at a time when the organ was undergoing extensive reconstruction, the limited number of stops available to him focused his imagination to new heights, resulting in Zorn’s most revelatory recital to date. The second volume documenting these legendary organ recitals is a overwhelming experience filled with moments of passion, tenderness, fragility and extraordinary power."
|John Zorn performing at Alice Tully Hall|
|Before the majestic, swirling improvisations of the (Vol.1) performance at St. Paul's|