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Colin Harvey

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  1. York Minster organ has been in the care of Harrison & Harrison for several years now. I understand the Minster are awaiting all the necessary permissions to be in place before they make an announcement, hopefully later this year. A lot of work and careful thought has gone into the best course of action for the organ; as many people will be aware there are many strands and considerations for this organ; musical, historical and how the instrument works in the building. There have been a number of experiments on the organ recently, mainly around returning the pressures back to their 1930s
  2. Here's the best video I've yet seen of Saint-Sulpice, showing off this organ's many incredible features, like the quadruple rise reservoirs, the barker lever stop actions. Also remarkable for its stunning aural recording and performance, this time of non French music, Mendelssohn's piano prelude and fugue in E minor, another stunning performance by Daniel Roth. https://youtu.be/1V2xhAdtodM
  3. One of the reasons the Tuba Mirabilis sounds so huge in the nave is because the rest of the organ has been so nullified by the drastically reduced wind pressures. The H&H primary great flues were originally voiced on a pressure of around 7-8 inches, at the time of your visit they would have been barely half that. The silly mixtures don't really get out of the case. From what I understand the high pressure flues weren't revoiced when the pressures were reduced, merely tuned! The enclosed solo tubas were down from 20 inches to about 6. I agree, the Tuba Mirabilis was so ridiculously out of p
  4. The Tuba Mirabilis is not in perfect condition at York Minster. Just to clarify, it isn't exactly horizontal; the boots and shallots are vertical, on top of the soundboard in conventional fashion. The treble pipes are heavily hooded to project over the parapet of the screen and the basses are mitred at 90 degrees at no great distance from the boot. The extreme bass pipes double back into the organ before being mitred 180 degrees to speak west over the screen parapet. A little more than the tuning scrolls have been disturbed on this stop! The stop was re-tongued, either in the 1950s Walker
  5. Many thanks Richard - look forward to seeing EHR! The new Ancient & Modern, published in March 2013, ought to be mentioned as an addendum to this topic. Our church adopted it and I found it to be an excellent hymn book for a middle-of-the-road Anglican church. It is an evolution from Common Praise. So called "Worship Songs" have a reasonable representation, with a generally sensible selection and there are many new words and texts set to more familiar traditional tunes which stimulated our thoughtful congregation. At the other end of the spectrum to the worship songs, feast days and th
  6. What is a "Cor de Chamois"? Is it The Voice of the Mountain Goat? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/chamois Or is it The Voice of a Porous Piece of Leather? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/chamois_leather And there will be a celeste of it as well! Of Course... An ethereal, heavenly mountain goat, or an ethereal, heavenly, shimmering piece of leather? The whole specification is such a mad confluence of nomenclature it's difficult to detect what's going on, or what the objective of it all is. But I'm sure the resulting organ will be Very Loud. Answers on a postcard please...
  7. I thought some of you may like these videos, of Sietze de Vries's improvisations, at the Groningen Martinikerk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk75PrwcTNU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtOvd22kppQ I've chosen these two as the tunes are quite recognisable to English-speaking readers but there are plenty more: the channel devoted to Sietze de Vries is here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Mr19740105 You'll have to wait a bit until the fugue on Ein Feste Burg but it's worth the wait. Although Sietze is quite often found at a British organ console during the school holidays accompanying
  8. *Hopefully* following on from the superb skills of Richard Hills on the 17th (which I would strongly recommend, along with sitting in the gallery to hear the Compton organ, where it sounds superb), I will be giving a lunchtime organ recital "down the road" a couple of days later. Christchurch, Freemantle, Southampton Tuesday 19 June, 1pm Colin Harvey Admission £4/£3 (I think - some paltry sum) William Walton (1902 - 1983) - Crown Imperial Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 - 1847)- Variations on "Vater unser in Himmelreich" - from Sonata No.6 (1st Movmt), Op.65 Thomas Adams I (1785
  9. Jos van der Kooy has released a recording of the Mendelssohn Organ Sonatas at the Bavokerk Haarlem, on the 1738 Mueller/ 1968 Marcussen organ: No.3 in A Major - 1st Movement No.6 in D minor - variations on "Vater Unser im Himmelreich" I think this is a CD I'm going to buy. The best recording I've heard of this lovely organ (captures the acoustic beautifully and yet is beautifully clear and faithful), faultess, indeed definitive, interpretation. http://www.challenge...duct/1225097294
  10. Agreed but if you click on the website link at the top of the petition, it takes you to a flickr website that states: http://www.flickr.com/photos/visionthing64...57614126360274/ From what I understand, the organist of St Marys Warrington approached the Parr Hall authorities/project team two years ago to investigate the possibility of moving the organ from the Hall to the church. They investigated the option, only to conclude that the organ would require major surgery to fit the church. The rest of the church recognised that they wouldn't be able to afford to maintain the organ, let
  11. I hope Ian Bell will not mind if I re-post the message he sent to the orgue-l distribution list earlier today:
  12. Yes - very good article I thought. You get to hear Jan-Geert do the double pedal thing (tune in right foot on the Trumpet, bass with left foot) in the Fugues at the end of the partitas - he usually uses the approaches Mark Duley outlines in his article when playing psalms in services - he gave a demonstration of iso-rhythmic Dutch Geneva Psalter accompaniment (where we participated by singing) when we visited. Mighty impressive stuff. If you get the chance to go to Crosshaven, do go - it'll be an extraordinary organ.
  13. Here are some recordings of the Van Eeken organ at the Norderkerk in Rijssen, played by the church organist, Jan-Geert Heuvelman. Improvisation on Psalm 85 (4 variations): http://youtu.be/rUip9MaOT7w Improvisation on Psalm 96 (8 variations): (this is a playlist - after each clip, the website should go onto the next verse after a brief pause). I was very lucky indeed to visit this organ earlier this year (the church is ultra-orthodox and access to visit the organ is not easy). Due to the nature of the church, it is highly unlikely there will be commercial recordings of this organ, o
  14. How about the Tuba Mirabilis at York? That's pretty devastating in the nave. Ever since the rest of the organ was emasculated in the last two rebuilds, it has stood completely out of all proportion to the rest of the organ. I have to say it sounds far finer in the recordings I have of it in the 1950s than it does today.
  15. Michel Chapuis improvising in the North German Baroque manner on the Aubertin organ at the Eglise Saint-Louis en l'Ile, Paris http://youtu.be/zZp0f_ETmYQ Highly recommended!
  16. Dear All, I came across a small series of Youtube clips on the 1511 Van Covelens organ of the Grote Sint Laurenskerk, Alkmaar. This organ celebrates its 500th birthday this year, celebrations of which will be held during the Orgelfestival Holland in June (more details at ww.alkmaarorgelstad.nl). I also understand there is to be an article on this organ in a future publication of Choir & Organ (I hope). Until then, more information on the organ can be found at http://www.orgelsite.nl/kerken39/alkmaar1.htm. I should point out that the Holpyp, Openfluyt and Sufflet on the Hoofwerk ar
  17. MM, Read what I wrote carefully and you'll see I can be pretty accurate. Of course it starts at the Martinikerk - that is why I wrote "this video turns into a performance..."
  18. This video turns into a performance of Bach's Piece d'Orgue, skillfully cut between 3 Gottfried Silbermann organs, played by M.C.Alain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f3NxiQPFHU Interesting for 2 reasons: 1. The Dresden Hofkirche instrument relies on the pedal reed alone to balence against the Great Organ chorus, without a coupler. This is worth bearing in mind in relation to the discussion on independant pedal upperwork for Bach elsewhere on this forum. Usually the Silbermanns would not have a pedal coupler for an organ of 16.8.16 (those that do are usually later additions) - the
  19. I remember Stephen Bicknell visited the Trost organs in Thuringia and on his return even he privately raised serious concerns about Trost's sanity. He wrote a couple of very good articles about the Trost organs in Choir & Organ, which I would recommend to everyone to get a good understanding of these organs. The mixtures are indeed bizzare in Trost organs, even by the standards of the day. The chorus mixtures invariably include Tierces, in the 4' series in the bass but breaking back to the 16' series in the treble - yes - you'll find a 3 1/5 tierce in the Great mixture of even quite a
  20. Thanks for that playlist link MM. I'm just remembering how fabulous those reeds are on those organs. So rich, so lyrical and so expressive. And really sensitive - I found (to my frustration) you really need to know how to play to get them to sound like that. Getting the best of those reeds means you really need to understand how the organ breathes and how your touch affects it. I agree it's very feasible and worthwhile to play Reger on a large, well-found British organ, although sadly most of the recorded performances of Reger on these organs I've heard tends to fall into the "bombastic b
  21. I hope you don't mind if I post another, very interesting (and IMNSHO a very fine) performance of the Reger Toccata in D minor Op.59: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZzQzrVJhfw There's more on the website in the commentary.
  22. Chaps, can we take this discussion on mixtures to another topic please - this (very fine) topic is getting diverted from its original purpose of sharing Youtube clips. Perhaps one of the proponents of the mixture debate can start a new topic or ressurrect one of the old topics on this subject?
  23. Here's an interesting play list: 10 contrasting performances of the "Little" fugue in G minor, BWV 578. http://www.youtube.com/user/gegenshow#grid...86C4A37D9AFECEB There are others as well Kevin Bowyer: Ulrich Bohme: Maurice Durufle: Marie-Madeleine Durufle: ... and I can't be bothered to link to all of the rest of them here. You can see them all here: http://www.youtube.com/user/gegenshow#g/u There's Jacques van Oortmersson, Peter Hurford (whose recording sounds almost like a caricature of the neo-classical), Christopher Herrick amongst many others.
  24. The Italian Symphony is a very fine piece indeed and she transcribes it extremely well. Just not sure it really comes across so well on the organ in a dry acoustic like that - nowhere to hide but she's so well prepared she doesn't need to! I like the Stamm videos at Waltershausen. Is it just me or does he sometimes look a bit tense and uncomfortable on that organ? Before we start going on about historic organ consoles not being comfortable to play or "ergonomic", just watch someone like Jacques van Oortmersson play at the Waalse Kerk or Pieter van Dyke play at Alkmaar - both similarly his
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