I likes me some pipe organ music. There are plenty of good, classical-style pipe organ pieces out there, but I’m interested in tracking down more unconventional pipe organ music - pairing the organ with unusual accompanying instrumentation, and/or employing musical styles that classical composers would not approve of.
Over the years I’ve collected several albums from the Paul Winter Consort. My favorite is Canyon, which is book-ended by two pipe organ pieces, “Grand Canyon Sunrise” and “Grand Canyon Sunset”. They are the artists-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John The Divine in New York; earlier this fall I finally had the chance to attend a Sunday-afternoon organ recital there, and it was breathtaking.
(Yes, I also have Whales Alive. It’s…OK. Not as good as Canyon, at least not to my ear.)
Another favorite comes from Mannheim Steamroller: G Major Toccata.
Hans Zimmer’s use of the pipe organ on the soundtrack for Interstellar was fantastic.
Hopefully the descriptions above give you some sense of the sort of thing I’m after.