Those of you who have been following the blog know that I have a serious problem. It’s gotten really out of hand, as well… After this Christmas there is virtually no room left on my CD shelves for any more albums! *Panic* My organ music collection has grown to 411 discs worth of music!!! But even faced with the problem of lack of shelf space, there is actually another problem that is lurking that is more dire. With my love and passion for the music of the French romantic and post-romantics, it would seem that I have collected most of what there is to be had out there!

So, now what!?!?!

Relax, world. Problem handled. It’s just simply time to get my head (and ears) out of this rut!

It’s a new year! Time to explore new horizons!

With the addition this Christmas of organ works by Joseph Callaerts, Guy Weitz, and another volume by Gustav Merkel, I was reminded how much joy I get from exploring and discovering new things that I have never heard before. In the last few months I’ve found countless albums that I’m interested in. Here are just a few of the composers I’m hoping to discover (and re-discover) and explore this year:

Johann Ludwig Krebs
Friedrich Wilhelm Markull
Paul de Maleingreau
Samuel de Lange, Jr.
Jan Zwart
Johannes Gijsbertus Bastiaans
Pietro Yon
Marco Enrico Bossi
Camil van Hulse
Edgar Tinel
Anthoni van Noordt
Pamela Decker
Elfrida Andrée
Otto Olsson
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Melchior Schildt
Matthias Weckman
and more…

Any more suggestions?

This list doesn’t include countless albums on various instruments I’m dying to hear. Some of my favorite American builders have some new instruments that I can’t wait till they are recorded–particularly the C.B. Fisk Opus 147 in North Carolina and the Dobson Opus 93 at St. Thomas in New York. There are several other European organs that I need to find recordings for as well. I particularly want to get my hands on an album performed by André van Vliet on the Klais organ in the Elisabethkerche in Marburg, Germany.

I know, I know… Big plans. I’m allowed to dream.

But first I have to deal with the fact that I have no extra real estate on my shelves. That problem will be solved once I’m done working on my organ façade! Once that project is done I already have plans to build a new CD shelf. Currently I have three Ikea shelves standing against each other. I figured out if I were to remove the space that four of the six uprights take up, I could increase my capacity by over a hundred twenty standard CD jewel cases!

Oh, yeah… I’ve got plans…