Last night's organ recital by Charles Cole (NLM blogger!) was truly a revelation. The organ at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake with Cole (London Oratory) at the helm provided an experience you simply cannot obtain outside a venue like this. Forget the digital downloads and the headphones. The experience of hearing Bach, Langlais, Olivier Latry, Jeanne Demessieaux, Bernardo Storace, and more was like none other.
I should make particular mention here of Olivier Latry's Salve Regina. It was performed alternatim was a choir singing the solemn version of the Salve, followed by expressive playing that followed up on textual thematics. If there is some list somewhere of the greatest organ pieces ever, this should be on it.
Here is an image shot from my iphone following the event.
Here is the composer himself