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AJJ

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  1. Wasn't he there once before? A
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    Remembrance

    An army firend of Farrar was the writer J. B. Priestly who was also present at the assault in 1918 when Farrar was killed. A
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    Remembrance

    Vaughan Williams - Prelude from Phantasy Quintet arranged by Marco Lo Muscio and available from him. Lovely piece! A
  4. This looks very exciting. One point however - I wonder how the divisions in the main case can be equally effective from the east and west. I note the 2 x Open Diapason arrangement on the Great as at Gloucester but unless the other pipework is divided west and east (also as Gloucester) then there would presumably need to be some sort of compromise. Hopefully it will not be on a north/south orientation as at Exeter or Wells where to my ears at least the overall effect can be disappointingly diffused - indeed at Wells it often sounds to me as if it is in another building! Presumably also the Swell will have two sets of shutters. We await further details with interest! A
  5. Does anyone know please whether Olivier Latry has recorded Rite of Spring yet? A
  6. I went to the Yves Castagnet concert in the opening recital series last night. The opening item was the Cesar Franck 3rd Chorale which to my ears at least sounded quite authentic, seemingly using the C-C pipework only. The strangely compelling 2nd Symphonie by Dupre followed and immediately all the other colour sonds were evident, sparkling mutations and the big reeds etc. Castagnet's own 'Poeme' for two organs followed - an amazing and almost impressionist piece with Virgile Monin playing the choir organ. This piece could almost be said to have played 'the building' sonically and was highly effective. The organ can obviously do justice to a huge chunk of the repertoire and in that acoustic can be tremendously exciting or show off a wealth of quieter sounds - I enjoyed hearing it - not necessarily comparing it to any former incarnations but as the instrument that it appears to be now. A
  7. I have this disc and have enjoyed listening to it very much. As I wrote somewhere above I have also a recording (45rpm) from when the organ first went in as well as a tape of the Langlais Mass and other liturgical music where it features. Although one recent review was not all that nice about the instrument I feel that the combination of acoustic and instrument is ideal for the repertoire and that as an organ of its time it works really well. Really good playing too! A
  8. I will be in Paris for a short time early next month - can anyone please advise as to where I could spend a happy half hour browsing through some decent organ music with the possibility of purchasing! Ideally in the central area - I once shot off on foot somewhere behind S. Eustache looking for Di Arezzo only to find that they seemed to be mail order only! Thanks A
  9. Duruflé is really interesting despite his very small output, I have recordings of the Prélude, récitatif et variations op. 3 for flute, viola, and piano (1928) which is a fine piece as are the Trois danses op. 6 (1932) for orchestra. The Andante et Scherzo op. 8 (1940) for orchestra uses material from the organ Scherzo op. 2 (1926) - I have only heard this in a rather bad recording. Maurice Duruflé, the Last Impressionist (Ronald Ebrecht, 2002) is quite an informative read if one wants a compendium of scholarly articles and Maurice Duruflé the Man and His Music (James E. Frazier, 2007) is a real insight into the man and his background. A
  10. 'Not quite sure how to do this but try: http://mander-organs-forum.invisionzone.com/index.php?/topic/734-introduce-yourself/?hl=%2Bintroduce+%2Byourself as a start. A
  11. Does anyone play any music by the above - he was sometime organist at the Collegiate Church in Neuchâtel in Switzerland and a student of Marcel Dupré? 'Googling' reveals some interesting music on CD/iTunes etc. but no mention of scores. A
  12. A few years ago I and some others were able to have a private demonstration of the ND organ by Philippe Lefebvre one evening once the crowds had departed. We did not alas visit the tribune but from down in the nave things were crystal clear and hugely atmospheric. He started with the classical choruses and then went on to the Franck 'sound world' followed by the noises Vierne would have been used to and finally on to Cochereau and post Cochereau, the latter via an improvisation. My lasting impression was of a versatile instrument well able to deal with anything thrown at it. The early pipework gave a convincing (if refined perhaps) account of the appropriate repertoire and it was similar for the earlier and later romantic/symphonic areas on first C-C pipework alone then with the additions from Vierne's era. The (lengthy) improvisation then showed what the rest of it could do, not in the style of Cochereau, very much more '21st Century' - not easy listening but very effective. The whole experience was extremely tiring on the brain (one needed to listen etc.) but one not to be forgotten. It showed what an amazing instrument the ND organ is and how at the hands of one who knows it well it can make some marvellous music. A
  13. Does anyone know if there a link anywhere to the updated stop list? A
  14. An update......Rennes Cathedral main west end organ is a fine beast in reasonably good working order and the east end choir organ a real gem! I was lucky to be able to play both last week. There are also other interesting instruments in Rennes which are regularly featured in their annual recital series. Rennes is also a good place for a couple of days exploring and the rather good Saturday market (in the old city near the Cathedral) is one of the largest in France. A
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    Elgar Organ Sonata

    Not C-C but the Sonata was concluding voluntary on a R3 Choral Evensong broadcast from New College Oxford some years ago, I don't remember the player. It actually sounded rather fine! Coincidentally also I heard it last month played very effectively by Gary Sieling at Southwark Cathedral, an instrument I had previously not heard 'live'. It worked well here too despite the slightly strange balance of the Swell as heard from the nave. The small solo reeds and great flues came over very effectively and the big choruses and larger reeds bounced merrily around the place without a feeling of being bogged down. The Lewis organ though is uncharacteristic for its time. A
  16. 'Will be going to Yves Castagnet on 2nd October - an interesting programme, he's a superb player, I like his own compositions and am intrigued by his piece using BOTH organs. I have also heard the rest of the gang play in the not too distant past. 'Should be fun! A
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    Elgar Organ Sonata

    There is a recording from sometime ago of the Sonata by Thomas Murray played on the big Hook organ at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Boston which really convinced me of the merits of the piece. The playing is of course stunning but the organ with its clear choruses, wealth of solo sounds and generally less than romantic tendencies brings a somewhat lighter touch to the music than we often get. There is excitement, thoughtfulness and when necessary momentum but the playing combine with choice of instrument really brings a different perspective to things. A
  18. There is a new pipe organ at Newquay - opened last year by David Briggs. It seems to have been created by Lance Foy from a couple of redundant instruments from elsewhere and I believe also re-uses the console from the stop-gap digital. I have not managed to hear it nor seen a stoplist yet. A
  19. The Bristol & District Organists Association is very inclusive and encouraging in its activities for student members etc. as well as having a full, varied and lively programme of events for all. A
  20. We regularly use Chartres as a stopping off point en route up or down France and frequently this happens over a Sunday. I can vouch for the imaginative use of music at the Cathedral - especially in the 'big' services such as Easter and Assumption. To me the organ there feels much more part of the ceremonies in its nave position rather than if it were far off on a west gallery. As well as the organ festival there is also a regular series of concerts both in the Cathedral and in other churches in the town. Chartres is one of our favourite places! A
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