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Peter Allison

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  1. but that is what the BBC does best (being slightly political for a second) mislead, mis represent, give mis- information 🤣
  2. I have it on reasonable authority that the organ is one of those difficult instruments to record (like the 2 Liverpools, and St Pauls) for reasons that those who know more about it than me can say . To close a recording and the different Divisions are not heard in context, and to far, and the sound gets less direct and the room/acoustics spoil it. There are a number of recording about, most sound different, like the Bates /Liszt, Weir and Simon Preston > There are many others
  3. I agree, what is it for? I am at a slight loss for words, a great expense for a non essential item (thats the church for you) They should be ashamed really, when just up the road in Warrington at the Parr Hall, they are helpless, or am I missing something, and regardless how its paid for🤬
  4. I think she wasn't talking to organists, but to Joe public, who probably have no idea what an organ is (apart from that box of whistles that makes a noise), or how it works
  5. My PC also did that. I mentioned it in the comments section. The music played fine, but like you said, the speech was off
  6. I better keep the recordings I made there a few years ago, safe and sound, just incase
  7. A lot of people seem to "write off" certain large church/cathedral instruments if the are not in the style, or made by the likes of H&H, Willis, for example. I personally had not heard the Guilford organ until the other day (through Beauty In Sound), and its stunning, whether or not it was second hand, it fits the building like it was made for it
  8. Marco Lo Musico is a very good organist and pianist. His versions of collaborations with ex Genesis Steve Hacket are very good, as his interpretation of my musical hero, Rick Wakemans, Jane Seymour ( without drums and mini Moog) from the 6 Wives of Henry VIII album.
  9. Thanks Owen, but as I cannot play, a recording is what I would want
  10. this is what I have gathered. I know Thomas Heywood has done them all, but with the pandemic happening, am not sure how far he has got
  11. I am just collecting a few CD's at the moment, and am wondering if there is a transcription of the Beethoven 6? I know the Australian organist, Thomas Heywood is doing all 9 Symphonies eventually. Was just wondering if someone like Jonathan Scott had done it
  12. I must admit to having no LP's left in my small collection, just a lot, maybe 200+ DAT and MD's (I have yet to go through them) that I got left by a late friend, his older reel to reel recordings inc the master recordings made at Selby Abby, went to a friend in Liverpool, along with his 2 machines
  13. I agree 100%. The recorded organ music enthusiasts has had to for so long do with offerings from so many people, some know what they are doing, but with average quality recording equipment and others with big budget gear, but just produce so so sound. This is from a personal point of view, and not a dig at some well known companies with large catalogues of music to their name
  14. the mention of Mirabilis, got me thinking, am sure I have one that I ripped to the SSD to listen too.... and sure enough, there it was , Mr Fletcher at Warwick 🙂
  15. As way of a taster, here is a You Tube Video of one of the pieces to be found on the disc.
  16. Further to the words of Darius, I just want to say it was a pleasure doing it. It was dedicated to my late father, who was just your normal "Hymns and Psalms" village organist of many years, from the 1950's, and incl a 26 year stint on the rota of Durham Crematorium. The recording is so "life like", possibly due to the very high quality recording chain in both DSD and PCM Hi Res SACD (read that as very expensive), and was edited and mastered on what I call "proper Hi Fi Speakers", again costing 1000s, and by an organist/recording engineer, who understands that recording an organ is unlike any other instrument. The recording was done at the beginning of September last year, amid the Covid Pandemic, and will be the last recording of the present instrument, as the hall is o be closed for renovation and that will include a few organ upgrades, I believe
  17. Just found this on Google, so may not be correct... "Marcel Dupré, Helmut Walcha, Arthur Poister and most recently, Paul Jacobs.
  18. A late friend of mine, Mr David Rogers played the closing ode in the form of an improvisation, in Durham Cathedral in 2008, its on my soundcloud, along with another "Masonic" based one, (as my late father and I and David are/were Freemasons) https://soundcloud.com/peter-allison-571354835/masonic-improvisation
  19. With All religions taking part in Masonry, the word "so Mote it be" is a simple non denominational phrase... I think "So mote it be" is a ritual phrase used by the Freemasons, in Rosicrucianism, and more recently by Neopagans, meaning "so may it be", "so it is required", or "so must it be", and may be said at the end of a prayer in a similar way to "amen". The phrase appears in the Halliwell or Regius Manuscript, the earliest known document relating to a society of Masons in England, dating from the first half of the 15th century.[1] "Amen! amen! so mot hyt be! Say we so all per charyté".[2] The phrase has been taken up by neopagans and they use it in a similar way in their ceremonies and rituals
  20. I have found that an older Michael Woodward recording that were reissued by Priory, show SGH in a better state
  21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WroPrruS6bs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr7EEqzSErw and I sponsored a friends recording of the Whitlock Sonata (and other works) in Rochdale Town Hall, was there for the recording with Darius B. He used mega expensive (£1800 each) Mics (5 of them) plus a core sound/soundfield type for an experiment (tho not used in the recording itself) and recorded in DSD SACD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL5nRpk1Fb8
  22. I am an avid watcher of his channel an a couple of others. But I personally feel that Richard speaks to my inner geek ( recording wise). And as you said Martin, he is a great communicator and is so enthusiastic. Pity there are not more like him
  23. Get Kirsty and Phil in quick, it needs a serious makeover for 2021
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