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  1. Sure, you might not want to perform romantic repertoire on such an instrument, but there’s a lot to be said for the discipline of practicing with simple flute registrations, and that is surely the primary purpose of these small instruments. Yes it’s nice to be able to hold concerts in your living room, and there’s still plenty of repertoire you could use for that. The only downside I can see in terms of practice is the lack of a swell pedal.
  2. This thread has wondered far from whence it began, which seems to be normal round these parts, but in an attempt to bring it back, I should mention that my copy of Melancholia by Inquire arrived yesterday, ordered direct from the french label. http://www.musearecords.com/ext_re_new_catselect.php?np=18427 I had already heard the last movement of the Vierne thanks to Contrabombarde's link above, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the rest of the album this morning. The first disc is a concept album based on Sartre's Nausea, which was originally titled Melancholia, and was published in 1938, t
  3. Wow. That’s some guitar playing skills.
  4. I have been known to play the Widor toccata on a keytar (with a synthesized backing track) Never heard of Inquire, but I must check them out. Sounds just like the kind of thing I would love.
  5. If there were a culture in this country that valued the organ, the demise of Christianity would not be an issue. It is worth comparing the situation here with that in the Netherlands. In an increasingly secular society many churches have closed, but the organs (often of huge historical significance) remain in use. The number of organ recitals that take place seems staggering, and they are by and large very well supported. It seems unlikely to me that the Dutch organ building industry will die out any time soon.
  6. But that only applies to the staff, whether performing or front of house. There are (to my knowledge) no similar protections for the paying public.
  7. It was discussed here when it was first announced by Škrabl. Although it appears that the stop list has changed slightly since then. There is now an Hautbois on the Récit which was noted in the comments as lacking.
  8. There’s also a version by Anne Marsden Thomas that does just that in the Oxford Service Music for Organ, manuals and pedals Book 1. Her solution is a da capo, then a 3 bar coda after bar 8.
  9. No one has mentioned Barber’s Toccata Festiva yet which has a very substantial organ part including a pedal solo. It’s almost an organ concerto in all but name.
  10. The most expensive performers on a per note basis have to be the two percussionists in Bruckner Symphony no. 7. Just one note in a piece lasting over an hour.
  11. Those two comments, from John Lill and András Schiff, are very perceptive, perhaps suggesting that those pianists that are successful in transferring Bach’s music to the piano are those that have some affinity for the instruments on which it was originally composed, even if they don’t play them themselves. I know a pianist (who doesn’t play the organ) said to me that she had a much greater appreciation for Bach’s music after playing a harpsichord for the first time. As far as my own experience is concerned, I now have no inclination to play Bach on the piano, but before I learned either the or
  12. Definitely agree with VH’s comments regarding András Schiff. He’s one of the few pianists who I enjoy listening to play Bach. His depth of feeling for the music is unsurpassed. As far as Bach piano transcriptions go, the only one I care much for is Brahms’ version for left hand of the Chaconne from the D minor partita. Unashamedly romantic, but still with the character of the piece intact.
  13. Thanks for this. Will make sure to listen. Though I might have to catch the second one one iPlayer (or whatever it is called these days) as have a rehearsal at the same time. On a related note, does anyone know if any of the OrganFest was recorded? Would be great to hear some of the concerts for those off us who weren’t able to make it.
  14. I don’t think the BBC can be held too much at fault for merely repeating what the RAH say about the organ. The fact the the hall doesn’t seem to know (or care) about the instrument under their protection is however concerning.
  15. As far as i can work out, the B&H edition is not for organ and piano. Rather it is either for organ or two pianos. In the case of the two piano version, the first pianist plays the manual parts of the organ version, and the second pianist plays the two staves at the bottom of the score. The note on IMSLP seems to suggest that both versions are by Liszt, the with the organ version being the original.
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