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  1. Thank you Peter, Curiously, this performance is not available on my YouTube programme and, more pertinently since it was a CD i was wanting, I am unable to find it as a CD either. Remember a wonderful rendition at Selby Abbey by Fernando Germani a long time ago - wish that had been recorded.
  2. Many years ago when I was much younger and a good deal fitter - early sections have more pedalling than the Tour de France - I struggled to get to grips with Max Reger's "Ein Feste Burg" but was never really successful. I was able to make a passable fist of the last three pages which could sound magnificent on a large instrument. Strangely perhaps, for one who considers that the world came to an end in 1750, I regard this work as a worthy successor to you know who but equally strangely, have no recording of his Opus 27. I would be grateful for recommendations of good performances on sui
  3. My thanks for the heads-up on this. I have listened to and thoroughly enjoyed the service which I thought was of a high order of attainment. It reminded me of the glory days of Barry Rose. And on the basis of one good turn and all that, but nothing to do with Choral Evensong, can I commend the truly excellent Wachet Auf done by the Netherlands Bach Society on YouTube. This a wonderful choral offering, not the Schübler variation.
  4. Une flûte en chamade. It would need some form of support which I imagine would dull the tone to some degree?
  5. Perhaps it's as well that I did not compound the confusion by adding that my fondly-remembered cleric took his holidays walking in the Lütschinen valleys!
  6. Sadly, if your experience had been any wider, your conclusion would have remained substantially the same. I'm old enough to remember when the incumbent was an MA Oxbridge, could quote Euripides in the original and was thoroughly expert in the technicalities of Walschaert's valve gear. He bicycled in a fawn jacket to watch the village cricket and knew everyone. Usually the organ was a modest affair, recently affixed with a plaque from BOB but was valued for what is was and not regarded as an outmoded and unwanted financial expense. Regrettably, the tower bells often are viewed in the same
  7. I'm afraid that I cannot help with Phonak - I have no knowledge of the make. However, I can confirm the usefulness of Bluetooth connectivity. I use this specifically for telly watching where normal volume settings can be maintained for those also watching. This audio background provides "body" but the hearing aids contribute enhanced sound levels and the precision necessary to understand often poor diction and the missing higher frequencies. I easily can imagine that the Bluetooth feature would prove useful in other situations but my experience does not extend that far. In my view, h
  8. Indeed it is. Although I can't help being mindful of the changes of company fortune that have occurred since I last met Noel Mander at the inauguration of Cecil Clutton's house organ a lifetime ago.
  9. I met Jane several times through a mutual friend living in Pont Street. Apart from being an excellent organist, she was unusually attractive and good fun We ribbed her unmercifully after she did the page-turning for, I think. Ralph Downes, at the Albert Hall. In my view, the best recording of the Saint Saëns 3 still available is of her with the Paisley Cavaillé-Coll. A remarkable performance, particularly so when one considers that the orchestra and soloist were recorded at different times in different places. I'm sorry she's gone. (Edited by the moderator)
  10. This has little to with the thread topic but has reminded me of an incident many years ago when I was staying at the Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth which looks out onto the Stephans Dom. I was about to pitch into bed a bit after midnight when, through the opened window, wafted the Schubert B flat major Sonata from a piano somewhere within the hotel. The building was almost deserted but in one of the reception rooms I found a few retirees in their pyjamas and dressing gowns with a uniformed member of staff listening, spellbound, to the exquisite performance. The small audience rose to attention
  11. A while ago, I experienced a similar phase, although it was mercifully short-lived. In my case, I ascribed it to increasing laziness; I was losing enthusiasm for the discipline necessary to the performance of this musical genre. Romanticism can be just that and from a performer's point of view, a convenient disguise of shortcomings of technique. This view is likely to generate some flak but after more than 70 years of "restless" contrapuntalism, I'm probably too old to change. Besides, I'm not really enamoured of the large instruments generally associated with this stuff. Sadly, I'm m
  12. In my case, deafness (like so much else wrong) is a function of old age but was initiated by my time as a commercial pilot of piston-engined aircraft. I very much doubt that organ playing induces this condition - I think one would have to spend many continuous hours at a large and powerful instrument with constant pleno to induce any likelihood of hearing damage. My authority for suggesting this is that Virgil Fox retained his aural faculties unto the end. No brick bats, please!
  13. I think, to a degree, that as with other things, one generally gets what one pays for. I have had glasses prescribed and supplied by independent opticians and found the only significant difference between these and glasses from Boots, Specsavers et al, has been the substantial price differential.. However, with regard to my hearing aids, I have dealt only with an independent, registered/qualified audiologist, so cannot comment on the High Street element, but I'm told that these chains are able to offer their attractive prices through bulk ordering from one or two manufacturers and of co
  14. Me too. But I sometimes wonder about possible consequences of the radio signals passing from one device to the other and through the brain. However, given my age, this has to be an academic consideration and in any event, these pulses are of such short duration and low amplitude that it probably doesn't matter..
  15. I have found the usual amplifier tone controls - typically around 15dB lift/cut - to be insufficiently effective. Furthermore, they generally follow log curves and Baxandall principles which, in my situation, do not help at all; hence the pernicious graphic equaliser. But I've never noticed any "delay", except when an old film on that excellent Channel 81 on t' telly has lost its sync and wandered off. But I have yet to find a hearing aid that is able to determine that which I wish to hear and exclude that which I do not. There is a great deal of hype attached to this subject. Perhaps
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