I've loved this piece for most of my life and this is a super interpretation, although it would sound even better in a more reverberant acoustic. Interestingly, Gardiner's interpretation is extremely similar to that on an old LP by Magdalen College, Oxford under Bernard Rose. The speed, dynamics and nuances of expression and the general air of devotion are all very similar indeed.
Corvedale is lovely, though I prefer the anthem version with its continuous organ part.
In 1975, John Scott was the only organ scholar at St John's Cambridge when he had to conduct BBC Choral Evensong because George Guest was ill. He was 19. It wouldn't happen nowadays! (They brought Jonathan Rennert back from post-grad 'retirement' to play the organ.)
I dodn't know Corvedale, I guess it's not in the NEH? Sounds alright on a first hearing but not inclined to lynch just yet!
A Lenten evensong, unaccompanied (links are to youtube)
Introit: Tomkins, Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom (this recording is good but a bit slow!)
Responses: plainsong, of course (can't seem to find a link, sorry, everyone know the plainsong responses, right)
Psalms: 15th evening (sorry not very original)
Canticles: Whitlock, Fauxburdens
Anthem: Monteverdi, Adoramus te Christe
No hymns (thank goodness), no voluntaries, no faffing about, just Evensong - the best thing about Lent.
Yes, I agree with this approach both for the console label and what the public should be told on the website or in printed programmes. Of course, it potentially loses some prestige (although, regardless of what is being said here, I suspect for some people it will always be “the Father Willis”). But the same can be said of other originally FW organs around the country rebuilt by H&H, the first, I think, at Wells, then Gloucester among others.
The H&H console label at Winchester lists everything from Henry Willis 1851/4 to the latest rebuild by H&H 1988 - including Hele’s additions of 1905, of which, (possibly to VH’s relief!) only 100 pipes remain in the present organ of about 5,500 pipes. I haven’t been up in the organ loft for very many years, but there were various plaques nearby recording details in the organ’s history, and I imagine that they are still there.