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Adrian Gunning

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  1. I have played this piece for years and a d natural sounds ok to me. Adding a d flat just makes it sound wrong now! It is just what you are used to hearing I suppose. It is all over in a flash in any case.
  2. St John the Evangelist RC Church, Duncan Terrace Islington, London N1 8AL 2009 Organ Series ‘B. A. C. H.’ James O’Donnell (Organist & Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey) Saturday 26th September at 7.30pm L Marchand Grand Dialogue in C (3ème Livre d’Orgue,1696) J S Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 659 O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig BWV 656 Jesus Christus, unser Heiland BWV 665 R Schumann Fugue I from Sechs Fugen über den Namen Bach Op 60 F Liszt Prelude and fugue on the name BACH L Vierne Clair de lune J Alain Deuxième fantaisie
  3. ...''Also, when the tutti was used the power was there, but in a startlingly 'unforced' way....'' The reason Ralph Downes always produced a good unforced Tutti was because he had musical ears, and had the Tutti set to a combination which was preselected, and not able to be altered by the player. The Tutti was made adjustable once the new combination system was installed a few years back, after the console's refurbishment when Simon Preston opened it. This led to players adding as many stops as they could not realising that the tonal balance was being disturbed. RD was very strick about what,
  4. I well remember the GDB organ before all its guts were removed, and I can tell you it was FAR more exciting than what you hear now. Unfortunately the Great Cornet was replaced with another of smaller scale, and has lost all the zing and attack that it used to have. Yes it might be better to acompany on, but for solo recitals it has lost SO much! Please restore it back. I too love(d) this organ. Adrian Gunning
  5. Thank you William for posting this. Hopefully it will answer peoples questions. What is the latest over the 'monogram' ?!!!
  6. The RFH and Gloucester organs are unique and should be treated as such. Adding octave couplers as at Gloucester (to produce more 'thrill' and flexibility) would have made Ralph Downes foam at the mouth! He balanced the choruses the way he wanted them. It is interesting to note that the octave couplers at the RFH do not affect all the stops! He realised the effect this would have on the mixtures and their balance in the chorus. The reeds are wonderful and should be left as they are. We need more organs with French reeds in the country not less then we have already! What the RFH needs is a bett
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