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  1. There are several other recordings made at Weingarten which haven't yet been mentioned: 1. André Isoir recorded three volumes of JSB works there in Oct 1988 and 1990 on Calliope (CAL9710, CAL9715, and CAL9717). 2. Franz Raml recorded music by Justin Heinrich Knecht in Oct 1996 on MDG (MDG 614 0764-2) 3. Franz Raml recorded music by Johann Ludwig Krebs in 1999, again on MDG (MDG 614 0971-2) 4. Heinrich Hamm recorded a mixed recital in June 1986 on Audite (Audite 95.408) 5. Ludger Lohmann recorded music by Johann Heinrich Christian Rinck in Sept1996 on Naxos (Naxos 8.553925) I don't know whether any of them is currently available. Kind regards Oscar
  2. I've just stumbled across a live video stream of this evening's recital at Gloucester Cathedral being given by Jonathan Hope. Parry and Vierne 2. https://www.facebook.com/gloucestercathedralorganrecitals/videos/1354141388019622/
  3. Leslie Pearson made an LP with the microphones very close to the pipework in order to cut out any natural resonance (not much at the best of times!) at All Souls...but I don't recall its title.
  4. John Scott had a soft spot for the music of Percy Whitlock and was President of the Percy Whitlock Trust. I believe the last solo CD he recorded before leaving St Paul's Cathedral was of Whitlock's music, including the marvellous Organ Sonata. Any Whitlock work would be very appropriate.
  5. The secret for blind organists is to set the registration for an entire programme on pistons. I know that David Aprahamian Liddle makes full notes about the layout and tonal quality of every instrument he plays before registering any piece so that setting pistons is a fairly straightforward matter; every combination can be checked by listening and adjusted if necessary. Obviously a sequencer or stepper is ideal, but a good supply of adjustable pistons is all that's required. The story told in Alfred Hollins' autobiography about sensing the temperature of a lighted stop knob simply doesn't work at speed because it takes too long for the brain to process small variations in temperature. David uses registrants to assist with stop changing when playing on large instruments without modern playing aids. Additional rehearsal time is necessary and the whole business is obviously more challenging. It can be done very successfully, as his complete performances of Widor 7 and Widor 8 on the Father Willis organ at St Dominic's Priory show.
  6. The 1947 orchestration of the Elgar Organ Sonata was by Gordon, not Arthur, Jacob. The timings indicate the YouTube performance is that by the RLPO conducted by Vernon Handley in Aug/Sept 1988 which I find to be of good sound and brisk in the manner of Elgar's own performances. There is an alternative commercial recording by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Richard Hickox, recorded in May 2006 and at a rather more leisurely speed.
  7. The cathedral website seems to have omitted the first paragraph in their press release. It should read: "Gloucester Cathedral today announced that Jonathan Hope is to be the new Assistant Director of Music. Jonathan comes to us from Winchester Cathedral, where he has been Organ Scholar since 2012." Regards
  8. Many thanks for this info, David. Bryan Hesford was the dedicatee of several Peeters works. I wasn't aware of these articles which appeared monthly in the Musical Opinion between Feb 1977 and May 1978. Now off in search of these back issues....
  9. Does anyone know if a detailed list of Chorale Preludes by Flor Peeters exists? He wrote more than 300 preludes, collected into sets, but these volumes do not always have a list of individual pieces or a table of contents. Any help would be appreciated. Oscar
  10. I am not aware of an entire CD devoted to music for solo organ recorded at St John's Cambridge but there are several discs which include one or more organ tracks. These include: Naxos 8.554659 : Herbert Howells - Paean (from Six Pieces for Organ) and Rhapsody in c sharp Op17/3 performed by Iain Farrington Naxos 8.555255 : Edmund Rubbra - Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Cyril Scott Op69 and Meditation for organ Op79 performed by Robert Houssart Naxos 8.555793 : William Walton - Passacaglia and Touch her soft lips and part performed by Christopher Whitton Naxos 8.557277 : Lennox Berkeley - Toccata (from Three Pieces) Op72/1 performed by Jonathan Vaughn Naxos 8.555795 : Kenneth Leighton - Veni creator spiritus and Rockingham performed by Christopher Whitton Naxos 8.570561 : Edward Bairstow - Toccata-Prelude on Pange Lingua performed by Jonathan Vaughn Naxos 8.554791 : Benjamin Britten - Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria performed by Iain Farrington Oxrecs OXCD-060 : 6 pieces by Bourgeois, Bach, Messiaen, Whitlock, Dupré and Howells performed by James Martin
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    David Aprahamian Liddle's Valse Locrienne Op5, written 1989-1990, is an exact palindrome. Regards Oscar
  12. JNM: Jerrold Northrop Moore whose magnum opus is Elgar: A Creative Life, reckoned by many to be the definitive scholarly book on that composer. I seem to recall he and Felix Aprahamian were about the only people who regularly reviewed organ music on Radio3's Record Review in the 70s and 80s. Oscar
  13. The Noel Rawsthorne and Flor Peeters performances from Liverpool Met were reissued on Priory PRCD 931 (Organ Music From The Two Cathedrals In Liverpool). Rerads, Oscar
  14. Here's a full track listing. I don't yet have the new CD set but, if my memory serves me correctly, the organs are: CD1/Tracks1-9 Liverpool Cathedral CD1/Tracks10-16 and CD2/Tracks1-3 York Minster CD2/Tracks4-16 Westminster Abbey CD3/Tracks1-10 Gloucester Cathedral CD3/Tracks11-15 and CD4/Tracks1-5 Coventry Cathedral CD4/Tracks6-13 Exeter Cathedral CD4/Tracks14-15 and CD5/Tracks1-10 St Giles Edinburgh CD5/Tracks11-24 Llandaff Cathedral CD6/Tracks1-6 Durham Cathedral CD6/Tracks7-13 and CD7/Tracks1-2 Hereford Cathedral CD7/Tracks3-9 Salisbury Cathedral CD7/Tracks10-12 and CD8/Tracks1-5 Norwich Cathedral CD8/Tracks6-23 Ely Cathedral CD8/Tracks24-25 and CD9/Tracks1-8 Worcester CD9/Tracks9-12 Westminster Cathedral CD10/Tracks1-15 Canterbury Cathedral CD10/Tracks16-22 and CD11/Tracks1-5 St Paul's Cathedral CD11/Tracks6-16 Lincoln Minster CD12/Tracks1-11 Chester Cathedral CD12/Tracks12-13 Selby Abbey CD13/Tracks1-5 Norwich Cathedral Regards Oscar
  15. >> Finally, which company recorded and produced the Keith John performance from the Tonhalle, Zurich? Priory (PRCD 264) recorded Keith John's performance of the Reubke Sonata, coupled with several Bach works incl BWV564 and BWV527, at the Zurich Tonhalle in August 1988. Oscar
  16. MusingMuso wrote [..snip..] The church is not by Pugin, but in fact by Giles Gilbert-Scott, [..snip..] MM The church was consecrated in 1859 and Giles Gilbert Scott was not born until 1880. The architect was his grandfather Sir George Gilbert Scott who thought of it as "on the whole, my best church." Oscar
  17. There are several recordings made on the New College instrument and issued on CD including: Bach - organ works Vol2 / Peter Hurford (Decca 421 341-2) Sonata No1 in E flat BWV525 Prelude in E flat BWV552/I "Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit" BWV669 "Christe, aller Welt Trost" BWV670 "Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist" BWV671 "Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr" BWV676 "Dies sind die heilgen zehen Gebot" BWV678 "Wir gläuben all' an einen Gott" BWV680 "Vater unser im Himmelreich" BWV682 "Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam" BWV684 "Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir" BWV686 "Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Zorn Gottes wandt" BWV688 Fugue in E flat BWV552/2 Bach - organ works Vol3 / Peter Hurford (Decca 421 617-2) "Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend" BWV726 Partita "Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig" BWV768 Bach - organ works Vol5 / Peter Hurford (Decca 421 631-2) Prelude and Fugue in a BWV543 Prelude and Fugue in b BWV544 Prelude and Fugue in C BWV545 Fantasia in b BWV563 Toccata in E BWV566 Howells - choral and organ music Vol1 / Edward Higginbottom (CRD 3454) recorded 1987 De la Mare's Pavane (from Lambert's Clavichord) Op41 Flourish for a bidding Jacob's Brawl (from Howells' Clavichord) St Louis comes to Clifton Walton's Toye (from Howells' Clavichord) Paean (from Six Pieces for Organ) Preludio "Sine Nomine" (from Six Pieces for Organ) Psalm Prelude No1 (First set) Op32/1 Regards Oscar
  18. There is a 1989 recording, released by Abbey Records, listed by Colin Brownlee in his marvellous archive. If you scroll to page 106, it's the first item on that page. I think that Priory Records recently acquired the Abbey catalogue and they might have the master tape. Good hunting! Oscar
  19. For more details about this release, visit the Herald website. By the way, I forgot to mention the excellent booklet notes by David Gammie. In recent years, he has become the leading writer of programme notes, both for recitals and CD booklets; I find his contributions very informative and elegantly written. You only need to look at the perfunctory twaddle that accompanies many orchestral and chamber music CDs to see how fortunate we are. Oscar
  20. I have just received Adrian Gunning's superb new CD (Herald HAVPCD 361), recorded last October on the Cavaillé-Coll/Debierre organ of Notre Dame d'Auteuil, Paris. For many years, Adrian has been a committed advocate of Tournemire's music and it is marvellous to have his incandescent performances of twelve movements from L'Orgue Mystique performed on this fine instrument in a suitably spacious acoustic. The timbres are ideal, with beautiful strings and flutes, roaring bombardes and typically French-sounding mixtures. In lesser hands, Tournemire's L'Orgue Mystique can seem like endless shapeless doodlings, with nothing much to get your teeth into. Certainly the music requires a rich tonal palette and plenty of resonance to make its mark. Enthusiasts may already have George Delvallée's peerless 12CD set of all 51 suites, but this new CD is a great way to sample the choicest plums. Has anyone else heard this CD? Are others as enthusiastic? Oscar
  21. There is an 8ft Suavial on the Schwellpositiv of the 1960 Metzler organ at the Grossmünster in Zürich, a marvellous organ used by the young Lionel Rogg for his first (nearly-) complete JSB recordings and the three Hindemith sonatas. André Marchal also recorded there. What a pity this organ has made so few appearances on CD. Regards Oscar
  22. Joe Sentance, of St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London, has a long association with Dr Jackson and included both the Diversion for Mixtures and several movements from the organ sonatas in recent recitals. The Diversion received a particularly warm reception. Regards Oscar
  23. Peter Wright is performing Dupré's Le Chemin de la Croix at Southwalk (Anglican) Cathedral this Wednesday 31st March at 7.30pm. Again, not to be missed. Regards, Oscar
  24. Many thanks for the details of Gavin Brown's career. I cannot recall seeing his name as a recitalist at a venue other than St Peter's Brighton...but we didn't then have the marvellous organrecitals.com website to provide comprehensive listings of forthcoming organ concerts. Best wishes, Oscar
  25. The recent mention of St Peter's Brighton reminded me of a broadcast in the mid 1960s of the complete Symphonie No1 of Vierne performed by the church's organist Gavin Brown. As an enthusiastic schoolboy, I wrote to him and he invited me to join him there after Sunday morning Mattins for a tour to the instrument. It was the first time I had seen a HNB rebuilt with the then-trendy rectangular thumb pistons. I recall little of the detail but two things that stuck in my mind were the thunderous pedal Ophicleide and the tierce mixtures on the Great and Swell. Where did Gavin Brown go after leaving St Peter's? I cannot remember seeing his name as a recitalist thereafter. Regards Oscar
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