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  1. Likewise - apologies for misinformation. Was going from a conversation with Michel Gaillard in my pigeon French!
  2. Bernard Aubertin has made a speciality of fractional length reeds, with cylindrical resonators and leathered shallots, which produce strong, stable notes with lots of fundamental. They take up very little room. There are several examples at 32' pitch. Can't recall whether they are 1/4 or 1/8 length, but they sound superb!
  3. Go and play it. A stupendously good instrument, hugely improved by the (not-so-recent) rebuild. And, for my personal taste, more pleasurable to hear and play than Coventry, and more versatile.
  4. Although, these days, both firms are making luscious post-Romantic style instruments rather successfully. Had the privilege of hearing the new Musikverein Rieger on Sunday (Hindemith 2nd Organ Concerto and Strauss Alpine Symphony). Magnificent, although not the steadiest wind, nor sufficient 32' flue fundamental to support Strauss' Alpine Symphony. Nevertheless, some beautifully classy 'new' colours (i.e. back to the '20s) and light years away from Clifton, Christ Church, Smith Square and The High Kirk, beautiful and classy though they can be. And the mobile console... my my. Mirror finish, eb
  5. Forgive me. I didn't realise you were also qualified in cut'n'paste.
  6. Alternatively, you can talk to an employment lawyer. Send me a PM. Most of the above is completely wrong.
  7. Absolutely electrifying. A musician who plays with his ears. Loved it.
  8. Hear hear. One simply wants an adequate bass to the manual stops when accompanying. Balanced independent choruses are not only completely irrelevant but undesirable, since one accompanies a cathedral choir by using the organ like a giant one-manual, perhaps leaving one keyboard free for uncoupled solo effects occasionally. Even that might be a rare thing, since an enclosed Solo division will usefully be coupled down for many things. So, one might be moving mainly between Swell and Choir (with So and Sw coupled to Ch) most of the time, with solos played on the Gt flutes or diapasons. Or one cou
  9. No - that's in the left hand
  10. Blackburn Cathedral Lunchtime Organ Recital Wednesday 2 November, 2011 at 1.00 pm IAN BALL (Worcester) IN MEMORIAM Music for Reformation Day, All Saints & All Souls J.S. Bach: Ricercare à 6 (from The Musical Offering) arr. Jean Guillou Maurice Duruflé: Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’ALAIN Ferencz Liszt: Funérailles (from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses) arr. Kynaston David Briggs: Attende Domine (from Le Tombeau de Duruflé) Naji Hakim: Gershwinesca Admission free; retiring collection
  11. Thank you. I couldn't have replied better myself to such a condescending and largely irrelevant post, and I certainly have no intention of justifying my opinion or posting my CV on this forum. But by way of postscript, one should not assume that the Clifton Cathedral organ is 'adequate' for the building (depending on your definition), or that it stood a chance of ever being so. It was the best the Diocese could afford at the time, and is an improvement on the original intentions of the Diocese and architect. Like the BH organ, it is intrinsically a fine instrument, but the circumstances surrou
  12. Oh. Forgive me. I must remember to blame the engine next time I drive an under-powered 'family' car, or blame insufficient RAM next time I use a slow computer being sold for gaming.
  13. Remember to turn your hi-hi up to 11. You don't want the neighbours complaining that the BH organ is too quiet.
  14. St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh: Great Stopped Diapason.
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