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  1. I think there's an error on the digital format of the FJ album - the same mis-labelling of the track in question occurs on Spotify. (But off hand I can't remember which piece this actually is!) The Impromptu is definitely the piece played by JSW in Sheffield City Hall.
  2. On a related point, the famous AH/Col. Dixon organ at Whitehaven (1904), destroyed in 1971 by fire, boasted a four rank Harmonics on the great (, but no reeds... Does this mean that the swell reeds and/or solo tubas were expected to be added to the Great, or is this a possible example of an 'exposed' mixture? (And is this where G. Donald Harrison got the idea?)
  3. This monster has a Celestial Organ, but I guess much depends upon your definition of 'celestial', and on your idea of heaven! (A pedal Ophicleide? Yum!) The key characteristic seems to be remoteness from the main instrument - usually high up in a tower/dome etc, so that the sound descends from on high. http://www.nycago.org/Organs/NYC/html/StBartholomewEpis.html
  4. I'm afraid I don't belong to Facebook, so can't see this. Is there another way we can verify this dreadful tale? I'd recommend board members write to the Pastor, his ordinary & the Congregation for Divine Worship: Palazzo delle Congregazioni, 00193 Roma, Piazza Pio XII, 10. It might be worth quoting the following, from Sacrosanctum Concillium, the document of Vatican II dealing with liturgy & worship: 'The pipe organ is to be held in high esteem in the Latin Church, for it is the traditional musical instrument, the sound of which can add a wonderful splendor to the Church's ceremo
  5. Thanks for this - reassuring, & good to have the view of someone who has played the instrument. R3 seems to have a knack of making so many instruments (& choirs too, for that matter) sound less attractive in broadcasts of Choral Evensong than in the flesh. Perhaps they're out of practice when it comes to recording organs...
  6. I've never heard this instrument in the flesh, but thought it sounded glorious in David Titterington's recording of La Nativite (Hyperion), recorded around 1986. Listening to the odd broadcast, including this one, since then, would anyone else agree that the tonal scheme seems to have rather lost its integrity...?
  7. Beautiful - who would you ask to build it...
  8. Your post made me dig out some Flentrop records yesterday evening! And listening to Holy Name Chicago, Dunblane & Eton I find you're quite right. A really beautiful sound - definitely post-neo-Classical, and far removed from the screeching heard from other continental builders' machines in intimate English churches. I suppose the Flentrop flue sound is actually more-or-less what Ralph Downes was aiming for - but I'd say that's the only sense in which it's English, mixture compositions notwithstanding! The T&B will indeed be wonderful, but I quite agree that the Chapel (which I don'
  9. Idly browsing, I found this on the website of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge: The College has recently commissioned a new chamber organ from Taylor & Boody (for arrival in 2011), which will be of an elaborate Renaissance/early Baroque design with 7 stops tuned to an historical temperament at A=415, while the main organ will soon be replaced by a 30-stop, three manual instrument by the Dutch firm Flentrop (c.2015). I don't know whether others had already heard about this commission - if so, apologies. I'm afraid I'm dismayed at the impending arrival of yet another Euro-organ, whe
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    How about Bach & Buxtehude? The Komm Heiliger Geist settings are gorgeous, quite apart from the big Fantasia which kicks off the Eighteen. And the Messiaen Messe de la Pentecote is worth working up to... ;-) I'd second the vote for Palestrina's Dum Complerentur - Peter Maxwell Davies has one too, if you're so inclined...
  11. They were in rather a hurry though, weren't they...?
  12. Not strictly on topic, but the additions made to the 1969 Holtkamp in the Paul Recital Hall at the Julliard in 2002 are an interesting barometer of changing fashions: http://www.nycago.org/Organs/NYC/html/Juil...ampPaulHall2002 What seems not to change though, is the capacity for eminent organists to mutilate the integrity of instruments in their care! (I haven't heard this organ though, and it may sound a whole lot better following its 'improvements', I suppose. But the console too!!!) Does anyone remember that fashion for tacking neo-barock positives onto romantic organs...?
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