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  1. Seconded. The entire service was marvellous, the acoustic is now so much better for music since the removal of the original ceiling tiles. The Howells St Paul's service was very fine, as Darius has said. Do listen to it on BBC Sounds in the next month if you have an opportunity.
  2. For many years I have lurked on this forum, visiting every day but rarely posting. There are many wiser and better informed members, and I feel poorly qualified to contribute. I am greatly saddened by sudden collapse of Manders, and the dispersal of their wonderful team of craftsmen. As others have said, their instruments will be a long-lived reminder of their work. I hope many forumites will join the new forum and have every expectation it will continue where this one leaves off. Many thanks to Steve for getting this set up in good time.
  3. Daniel Chorzempa recorded Vierne's Symphonie No1 for Philips Classics on the 1889 C-C organ at St Sernin Toulouse in August 1987.
  4. The Frobenius organ in All Saints Kingston-Upon-Thames has glass shutters to both the Swell and Positiv divisions.
  5. I have a vague memory that Anthony Halliday and Iain Simcock performed Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto (the Emperor) at Westminster Cathedral many years ago with the piano at floor level beneath the west end organ gallery. The seating was turned round so the audience was facing the performers. I cannot recall who arranged the orchestral parts for organ.
  6. 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 8.55
  7. 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/
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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 sha
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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 l
  19. I find threads about new instruments and photos of the work in progress very interesting. I enjoyed watching the progress of the Tickell organ at Worcester, the Klais at Leeds, and the St Martin instrument at Petersham. I'm unclear why the new Aubertin in Denmark has caused a problem. Photos of all these instrument give me a chance to see things that I wouldn't normally see and thereby increase my understanding and appreciation of what goes into the making of a modern organ. Nigel's enthusiasm for Aubertin instruments is widely known, yet his postings are factual, without purple prose a
  20. In addition to Nicolas Kynaston at Altenberg Cathedral and Gillian Weir at the RAH, there are at least two more recordings: Péter Sírak on the Mander organ at Nagasaki Cathedral and Léonce de Saint-Martin at Notre Dame de Paris in 1953. Regards Oscar
  21. I've been in touch with Dr Horton and he sent me the following remarks: a) although several early works have plentiful registration markings ('The Wilderness', 'Blessed be the God and Father', original version of the Introduction from the Introduction and Fugue in C sharp minor), he stated in a letter in 1845 that he had given this up because no two organs were alike. Swell reed in Wash me throughly. I'm not an organist, but I would expect a registration change at the end of the first section (bar 32) c) Use of the pedals. Wesley used the pedals more sparingly than later generations and
  22. Paul's contributions to this forum on matters of repertoire are sadly missed. I'm glad to know his personal email is still working. Regards, Oscar
  23. Paul Derrett made a splendid recording of the Weitz Symphony at Hereford Cathedral for Priory many years ago...so he might be able to provide his solution to these questions if you ask him. I think he is currently unable to post to this forum, but an email to him should work. You can contact him via the link on his website - paulderrett.piczo.com/?g=1&cr=6 Regards Oscar
  24. The Cavaillé-Coll in St Michael's Abbey, Farnborough is ideally positioned in the apse behind the altar and sounds marvellous from the nave, to only part of the building open to the public and congregation. Of course, the acoustics are helpful to all music-making there, so that even a dog howling would create an interesting experience. Howells? (apologies!) Regards Oscar
  25. Unfortunately, the rumour is true. The Organ Appeal website confirms this. The problem of raising the necessary money in these difficult financial times means that the completion date for the full replacement organ has been extended beyond Easter 2010. However, the organ that will be in place at Easter next year will be uncompromised in quality with preparations in place for the installation of the Solo Organ when funds are in place. It's good to see that several fund-raising events are scheduled. Let's hope they are successful and the delay will not be over-long. Regards Oscar
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