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#41 Guest_Cynic_*

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 11:38 AM

This fanfare is not a YouTube item - just audio and is posted without comment! (Except to say that I recommend that your PC's sub-woofer is active...)

http://web.mac.com/j.....pe Organ.html

This is my first post to the forum after several weeks of watching and enjoying the content.

I shall introduce myself later today when I've returned from Stephen Cleobury's recital at Birmingham Town Hall.
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Terrific - improvised performance, tone quality captured and everything!
[Even allowing for the limitations imposed by hearing music over the internet.]
Fantastic voicing, too - this (to my ears) is no longer a vague homage to C-C, this is (from the evidence of your recording) firmly on a par - splendid by any standards.
Congratulations to all concerned.


#42 gerco1956

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 10:21 PM

My favourite is a performance of Franck's Premier Choral by the (Russian?) accordeonist Aleksander Skljarov: Part I and Part II. Unbelievable what he does on his instrument, and very well played. The sound is familiar with a French harmonium!

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#43 Ian Ball

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 10:33 PM

My favourite is a performance of Franck's Premier Choral by the (Russian?) accordeonist Aleksander Skljarov: Part I and Part II. Unbelievable what he does on his instrument, and very well played. The sound is familiar with a French harmonium!

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Quite astonishing!! :lol: Such variety of colour and dynamics. Incredible. :lol: A very moving performance too - he understands this piece better than some organists I could mention!

#44 pwhodges

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 11:24 PM

I note a comment saying that Franck was a harmonium player too!

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#45 Ian Ball

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 11:39 PM

Naji - I just adore this brief improv on Salve Regina. It repays several visits. Quintessential recent Hakim - tuneful, jazzy, playful, even childlike at times - and a classic dominant preparation which he then overshoots à la Walton (albeit in the minor). Superb control of both instrument and that famously luminescent acoustic too.

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 04:35 PM

The Naji Hakim improvisation is stunning - I don't know he concentrates with the hordes around the console. I had an involuntary giggle towards the end when he was "crossing hands". It brought back memories of the Beverley Hillbillies when Grandmaw boasts that Ellie-May (really her grandson in drag!) could play the pianny (sic) so well she could even cross her hands on the keyboard....

The link below is the next section of YouTube and is well worth a few minutes of your time.

http://www.youtube.c...feature=related

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 05:09 PM

Quite astonishing!! :lol: Such variety of colour and dynamics. Incredible. :lol: A very moving performance too - he understands this piece better than some organists I could mention!


Absolutely - and without music too - seriously impressive!

#48 Pierre Lauwers

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 05:45 PM

Another SPLENDID one:

http://www.youtube.c...feature=related

(Handkershief necessary before starting that one!)

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 06:57 PM

Another SPLENDID one:

http://www.youtube.c...feature=related

(Handkershief necessary before starting that one!)

Pierre



Indeed, Pierre. Such gentle 'unassumed' but beautifully musical playing.

#50 Pierre Lauwers

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 10:21 PM

The very same, from this month, with a somewhat better sound:



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Posted 25 January 2008 - 05:02 PM

Not YouTube, and apologies if this has been posted before but there are lots of interesting recordings here.

http://www.kmfa.org/..._archive.htm#PW

(Well, I think they're interesting.)

Best wishes

J

#52 MichaelDavidson

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 08:51 AM

Schweitzer playing the fugue from BWV 564.



I have heard a few Schweitzer recordings, but this one was new to me.

I was, of course, expecting the tempo to be slow, but I really wasn't prepared for just *how* slow it would be ...

#53 Richard McVeigh

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 12:55 PM

Not YouTube, and apologies if this has been posted before but there are lots of interesting recordings here.

http://www.kmfa.org/..._archive.htm#PW

(Well, I think they're interesting.)

Best wishes

J



Thank you so much for that link! Theres so many fascinating files on there!

#54 Peter Clark

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 02:39 PM

I felt weak at the knees when I watched this video of Cameron Carpenter playing the Chopin Revolutionary study. Yep, that's right. And guess what he uses to play the runny left hand bits with???
Think I'll give up now and take up truck driving again.
Cameron Carpenter on YouTube - Chopin

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Yes, impressive, but why should someone want to play Chopin's Revolutionary Etude on the organ other than because they can? It's a perfectly good piano work after all.

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#55 Ian Ball

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 04:36 PM

Yes, impressive, but why should someone want to play Chopin's Revolutionary Etude on the organ other than because they can? It's a perfectly good piano work after all.

Peter

I'm afraid I hate it (though not as much as his Franck Pièce Héroïque). Great facility, but I really don't see the point (and I write as someone who generally loves Mahler, Wagner et al on the organ). I'd be more impressed if he could play it beautifully on the piano. Why he feels the need to perform in his underwear is another issue...

#56 Vox Humana

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 04:50 PM

If I were playing that in public I'd certainly wear brown trousers at least.

I have to agree with the comments here though. Technically absolutely phenomenal and totally jaw-dropping, but musically a non-starter. Perhaps if he were playing it on a pipe organ...

#57 Ian Ball

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 04:52 PM

If I were playing that in public I'd certainly wear brown trousers at least.


plus bicycle clips, for sure.

#58 Colin Harvey

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 05:47 PM

Not YouTube but the recordings off here have given me a lot of pleasure recently:

Historic Organ Sound Archive

Lots of lovely traditional English organs (many very small) giving a very good account of themselves. And quite rightly too!

I'd go for 128K donwloads, which have no problems over broadband and are better quality.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 06:33 PM

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 08:31 PM

Fascinating. I always wondered what Messiaen's improvisations were like. I recognised the Christmas introit Puer natus est nobis. Thank you for posting that.




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