Today, the organ in the Ocean Grove Auditorium, Ocean Grove, New Jersey, is 177 ranks on five manuals with ten divisions and a total of 10,823 pipes. It began life in 1908 as a 14-rank instrument by Robert Hope-Jones, who had recently opened his Elmira, New York factory. Its most recent addition is a 14-rank antiphonal division built by A. R. Schopp’s Sons of Alliance, Ohio.
The famous auditorium still hosts a summer festival of organ recitals played by renowned guest artists and the Auditorium’s Organist in Residence, Gordon Turk.
On this recording, Gordon Turk performs a great variety of works from Böhm to Reger and demonstrates the resources of this legendary organ.
J. S. BACH: Passacaglia in c, BWV 582; Kommst du nun, Jesu, BWV 650 from Schubler Chorales
REGER: Introduction & Passacaglia; Benedictus, Op. 59, No. 9
GUILMANT: March on a Theme of Handel (“Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates”); Adagio from Sonata III
FRANCK: Final, Op. 21
BOËLLMANN: Ronde Francaise, Op. 37
JONGEN: Chorale, Op. 37, No. 1; Chant de May, Op. 53, No. 1; Toccata pour grand orgue