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In Topic: Soissons Cathedral organ damaged

16 January 2017 - 04:17 PM

This French news article contains a few pictures of the damage to the organ. The organ sits right behind the Rose window so will have born the brunt of the damage. http://www.lunion.fr...ree-sur-l-orgue

In Topic: Youtube

01 January 2017 - 01:26 AM

Happy New Year! I came across this extraordinary video of Olivier Latry improvising on the Fritts organ at Notre Dame University. Impressive stop management, including the use of a foot at one point.

In Topic: New organ for Cambridge

20 November 2016 - 11:39 PM

Not sure about this one but I for one did not find the 1975 H&H that in place there before it a very pleasant instrument to listen to - there seems to have been a relatively quick succession of instruments there.


The H&H is now in the Younger Hall in St Andrews, where I have played it. It is a truly bizarre specification and one struggles to find a rationale for it. The pedal looks substantial but is weak and incapable of sustaining an independent line, while the only swell reed is a 16' and thus rather useless. This whole is made even more disappointing by the fact that the organ itself is a pleasure to play with a wonderfully responsive action.

In Topic: Organs in musical ensembles

12 October 2016 - 12:53 PM

A number of contemporary choral works exist in such arrangements, and are used by choral societies for whom hiring a full size orchestra would be prohibitively expensive. My choir recently performed John Rutter's Requiem, with the reduced scoring of flute, oboe, harp, 'cello, timpani, glockenspiel and organ; which was surprisingly effective as an ensemble. I believe the arrangement was Rutter's own.

In Topic: Henri Nibelle - Organ Music

18 September 2016 - 01:04 PM

According to his French Wikipedia article, the Carillon orléanais and the three Toccatas are separate works. https://fr.wikipedia...i/Henri_Nibelle
The 50 pièces sur des thèmes liturgiques seems to consist of a collection of entrées, offertoires, élévations, etc. much in the manner of Franck's L'organiste and similar collections.