Photo credit: George Tames, NY Times
Today is a milestone birthday for one of the biggest names in the Organ World. It would have been the one-hundredth birthday of Olivier Messiaen, who was born on this day in 1908.
I will admit that the first time I heard his music, I wasn't enamoured of it. Then I heard Gail Archer and Colin Andrews play his work ... and I was hooked. It was unlike anything I've ever heard before. Do a search on his name on places like YouTube, Pandora, Last.fm, etc. and give his music a listen.
As an example, here is Messiaen playing an improvisation on the Cavaillé-Coll at Église de la Ste.-Trinité in Paris.