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  1. Another video of Hakim improvising at La Trinite in 2005 just showed up.
  2. This excerpt from John Eliot Gardiner's "Bach Cantata Pilgrimage" shows him visiting the Thomaskirche and discussing the new organ with Ullrich Bohme. Unfortunately for those of us who are linguistically challenged it turns out that Sir John speaks what sounds (to me, at least) like very fluent German ...
  3. The 1879 Willis in St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh acquired 'second touch' in 1897 thanks to Hope Jones. See E01407 for details. Not sure how long it lasted - NPOR doesn't list any work between a 1901 "cleaning" by Norman & Beard and the 1929 Arthur Harrison rebuild, but I seem to remember having been told that the Hope Jones action didn't last that long ...
  4. Someone has uploaded more than 50 versions of BWV 578 (the "little" fugue in g minor) (and, no, I haven't listened to all of them ...)
  5. Dupre playing the F major toccata at St Sulpice in 1961 and I just listened to this for the first time and, to be honest, I don't quite know what to make of it. It is just so different from what I am used to.
  6. The young American organist Joseph Ripka at St Sulpice:
  7. Played at a speed that would leave even Ton Koopman out of breath, but without any of Koopman's flair ...
  8. Here is the first part of a documentary about organ building including brief remarks from several organ builders - I recognised Sebastian Gluck of New York and, of course, John Mander - not sure who the others were.
  9. BWV 545 on the Aubertin at Saessolsheim
  10. There was an article in Choir and Organ a few years ago in which John Kitchen mentioned having learned one of the big Dupre works (can't remember with certainty which one, but I *think* it may have been the Symphonie Passion) on just such an instrument.
  11. I don't think that this improvisation by Olivier Latry has been posted here yet ...
  12. Matteo Imbruno has recently put up several very good quality recordings which can be found here.
  13. Must have been Georg Felix Handel Bartholdy ...
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