Whether you have just discovered the wonderful Organ Symphony or have loved it for ages, this is a recording not to be missed. Eugene Ormandy recorded this work with the Philadelphia Orchestra probably more times (at least four) than any other great conductor and is arguably one of its greatest exponents.
All of the recordings are superb but, although this one (Sony SBK 47655)was recorded back in 1962, I feel that it has the edge for several reasons: 1) You feel that the musicians are really enjoying themselves, such is the relish with which they all play; 2) the Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Philadelphia Academy of Music (where the work was recorded) must be one of the most magnificent-sounding organs in the world; 3) the organ playing of Edward Power Biggs has to be heard to be believed; 4) the other pieces on the CD, such as the Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah, Danse Macabre and Carnival of the Animals are also superb and come as a bonus; 5) it is simply amazing value for money.
It is also a great recording for the car, as it is divided into 24 tracks, which means that if you wanted to, you could listen the the sublime Maestoso and Allegro over and over again. (If I am in a bad mood or feeling fed-up, these two tracks always snap me out of it!)
For playing on your hi-fi at home, Ormandy's 1980 recording (Telarc CD80051) with Michael Murray on the organ of St Francis de Sales Church, Philadelphia, (reputed to be the world's largest and most powerful organ) takes a lot of beating for sheer power, although I find it somewhat lacking in comparison with the earlier recording, and you get only the symphony, in only two tracks, and it is a full-priced CD.
If you can't decide, go for the Sony disc - it's cheaper, you get much more and, in my view, better music for your money.