Welcome to The International Historical Organ Recording Collection
On this website and on the accompanying Youtube channel you will find historical organ recordings transferred from 78rpms and early LPs. They are all recorded before 1973 which makes them public domain and therefore legally publishable. The transfers are privately made by the owners of the original sources so these recordings are not digital copies from any commercial reissues. I have chosen to publish the recordings on Youtube as individual videos but also (and perhaps more important) as playlists sorted by the individual organists.
The commercial interest and profits in reissuing historical organ recordings are low and therefore a lot of materials have never been transferred to a more up to date medium.
I will try to attach as much historical information concerning the matrix number of the transferred 78s, the recording year and label, but I encourage everyone who visits this site to contribute with knowledge, biographical information, corrections, and/or with new recordings. Send me a transfer of the source or send me the source itself and I will have it transferred and sent back again.
If, against my best efforts, there are copyright violations of any kind, please let me know and I will remove the items immediately.
This is the chance to actually listen to these historical recordings many of which are almost legendary and examples of musicianship of the highest order.
I hope you will enjoy your journey into the world of historical organ recordings.
Lars Rosenlund Nørremark
Founder and curator of IHORC