Frank Taylor, who studied under Melville Smith among others, was a professor at LaSalle College in Newton, Massachusetts, and died in 1986. He did not have a very active career in performance or recording, and this is one of only two virtually unknown published works by him, and as such it is a singular relic - as magnificent as it is obscure. The session, performed on a gorgeous Charles Fisk organ at Old West Church, Boston, was flawlessly recorded by David Griesinger, and it captures both the majesty of the selected works and the superior qualities of the organ itself. Numerous recordings have been made of these works over the last seventy five years, but most seem dry and mechanical by comparison to Mr. Taylor's emotionally charged approach to the material. The recording has a remarkable quality of presence, seemingly placing the listener directly in front of the organ's massive registers; one can almost feel the air moving. The Grand Jeu from DuMage's Livre d'Orgue literally takes one's breath away.
This recording and Taylor's other published work, a double album featuring works of Marchand and DeGrigny, were originally released in the 1970's on a local independent label, Elysee Editions, which has been defunct for some years. The recording received no promotion or publicity, and went largely unnoticed. This release then, is a second chance for devotees of the genre to experience a truly remarkable treat. Whether you are new to classical organ music, or an experienced dilettante - prepare for a thrill. This album has juet been released on Itunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and several other major digital music portals. The second recording of the works of Marchand and DeGrigny, is scheduled for release later this year.