Yesterday, one of the videos that I watched on YouTube contained the famous "O Fortuna" opening from Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana". You probably know that I can't deny to react to these kinds of impulses (you may call them "teasers" as well)...
But search results for the terms "o fortuna pipe organ" were just sobering, if not even disappointing. Someone did a Hauptwerk MIDI recording on the PAB (Palace of Arts, Budapest, V+P), but for my taste, it lacked both the drama and spacial vastness of any orchestra performance, especially an orchestra performance at the *real* PAB with the original organ being used in it. ConcertHall did not return any search results as well, so my wife hit that nail into my head to do it on my own. (Yes, I'm a really lucky guy to have a wife like her!) :-)
Additionally, I planned on combining two organs for the "Light of the Seven" performance already, but was so much in a rush that I simply forgot and skipped it. Of course, two big pipe organs are better than one, and it couldn't have been a better timing to remember right before this recording... A small how-to will be written down in the first comment of the piece.
For those who own a 7.1 surround system, an 8-channel FLAC file can be picked up here to get an impression of what it will sound like in my living room:
- URL: http://via.woody-mc.de/to/jZxvVXcQxAKf1b3W
- Player: Current versions of Media Player Classic are able to properly play multi-channel FLAC files.