pcnd5584 Posted July 16, 2007 Share Posted July 16, 2007 I think the sound of the organ at Selby (currently) is horrid.I wouldn't want to play it or hear it played. Neither the choruses nor the reeds sound like any big Hill with which I am familiar. I wish the remains of this instrument well, and like many others regret that it is now officially unplayable, but it is both extremely sad and highly regrettable that a true 'heritage instrument' like this was ever subjected to such ill-judged and inappropriate modifications. Where was the diocesan adviser at the time?! IMHO pcnd is absolutely correct in his comment about the pedal mixture - even if (as you say) it can be effective in a limited and specific way, this is at a ridiculously high pitch. Not even the great Mr.Downes would have done it. Drawing such a stop - in effect a pedal Scharf-Cymbal - can only help confuse the sound of the organ - bass notes squeaking their way between the various manual pitches. I stand by my word: ridiculous. In the genuine baroque organ, the purpose of high pitches is 1. to make the pedal completely independant at a time when pedal couplers were scarce 2. to hold high cantus firmus lines To specify a Cymbal mixture without a proper chorus mixture in any division is plain misguided. To return to the topic, by (fairly dramatic) comparison with Selby, the organ at Manchester Town Hall is not similarly spoiled. It may not be 100% genuine C-C, but when I played it, there was plenty to admire and appreciate. Absolutely. I would like to see this instrument and that at Chester Cathedral returned to something more closely resembling the 'Hill' stage of their lives. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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