This is the historic Church of the Gesu on the campus of Marquette University in Milwaukee, a building designated as a State landmark where the largest
pipe organ in Wisconsin sounds in all its glory in a splendid acoustical setting. This recording was made in 1992 on the Kimball/Kilgen electro-pneumatic action pipe organ there by then Principal Organist John Quasi Weissrock. Dr. Monrotus studied
the organ privately there with him during 1998-2001 at the time that this instrument was undergoing a gradual rebuild by the Schantz Company. In this photo the console of the five-manual electronic organ from which Mr. Weissrock taught the webmaster
of this web site while the Kimball/Kilgen/Schantz pipe organ (center console) was being rebuilt is visible in the lower left foreground behind the balcony rail.
The Schantz console today is new, supplied with tilting stop tablets, and remains a 4-manual but expanded to 115 ranks. The listener will note the highly effective accents introduced into this interpretation of this work, the
impeccable sense of rhythm, the elastic tempos, the skillful changing of manuals and stops including the strategic adding of a glorious 32' reed, and everything kept clearly audible throughout, always listening for the listener and never leaving the listener
behind. These were all trademark methods of the performer who was not only a world class organist, powerhouse of technique, and sensitive artist who played in a wonderful French style but was also a skillful communicator with a penetrating intellect,
a greatly admired and loved choir director, a legend in the Milwaukee area, and a particularly fine teacher -- gone, but not forgotten.