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I expect quite a few of us are asked what we would like for Christmas. I've seen reference to the DVD from Liverpoool - what's the reference for that, please? Are there any other unmissable CD's, books, pieces of sheet music for organists this year? I am sure that members wouold, incidentally enjoy two recent purchases: "Fantaisie Triomphale" and Grades Pieces Symphoniques - two Chandos CDs from Liverpool for Organ and Orchestra - some amazing pieces I'd never come across before - well worth having - both available on itunes, too! What else is there?

 

Sad, I know, but... I would like to find recordings of Gray in F minor Mag and Nunc and also Wood in F (Collegium Regale). I see that Llandaff (Michael Smith) recorded the Gray and it's available from ?Priory but the other settings on this recording are all home-spun things that are not familiar. Does anyone know this recording, or can they recommend another?

 

Martin.

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the DVD from Liverpoool - what's the reference for that, please?

Martin.

 

PRDVD1

 

Priory Records Ltd, 3 Eden Court, Eden Way, Leighton Buzzard, Beds., LU7 4FY

Tel: 01525 377566

www.priory.org.uk

sales@priory.org.uk

 

John

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I expect quite a few of us are asked what we would like for Christmas. I've seen reference to the DVD from Liverpoool - what's the reference for that, please? Are there any other unmissable CD's, books, pieces of sheet music for organists this year? I am sure that members wouold, incidentally enjoy two recent purchases: "Fantaisie Triomphale" and Grades Pieces Symphoniques - two Chandos CDs from Liverpool for Organ and Orchestra - some amazing pieces I'd never come across before - well worth having - both available on itunes, too! What else is there?

 

Sad, I know, but... I would like to find recordings of Gray in F minor Mag and Nunc and also Wood in F (Collegium Regale). I see that Llandaff (Michael Smith) recorded the Gray and it's available from ?Priory but the other settings on this recording are all home-spun things that are not familiar. Does anyone know this recording, or can they recommend another?

 

Martin.

 

The Llandaff recording of the Gray (PRCD 551) is serviceable - I don't know of any others.

 

I'm aware of three recordings of the Wood; Blackburn (Priory PRCD 484 Mag only ) Ok ish; Peterborough (Priory PRCD 632) better and an old Saga Stanford/Wood LP by Magdalen/Rose now on CD from Oxrecs (no reference no that I can find) best.

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My son has pointed out a USB roll up keyboard - as a potential present! (needless to say he ignores the real thing....)

 

Does anyone think these are good for anything for anyone? I've only seen a photo of one - are the black keys raised, or are they just flat - I suppose they need to be flat to roll up???? :rolleyes::o

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Sad, I know, but... I would like to find recordings of ............ Wood in F (Collegium Regale).

 

Martin.

 

 

There is a CD of Stanford & Wood canticles & anthems by the Magdalen Choir under Bernard Rose, first issued on vinyl in 1964, which includes the Wood Coll Reg (OxRecs OXCD-5368).

 

There is also a contemporary CD transfer of English Polyphonic Church Music (Byrd, Sheppard, Gibbons, Tomkins, Dering etc) which must be one of the finest recordings of its kind ever made, with some quite unbelievably beautiful singing. Bernard Rose was a Tomkins specialist - his Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom reduces me to tears - a perfect Desert Island Disc in every way. (OxRecs OXCD-5287).

 

You should be able to get them from Blackwells, or else direct from OxRecs direct at Magdalen Farm Cottage, Witney OX6 7RN.

 

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My son has pointed out a USB roll up keyboard - as a potential present! (needless to say he ignores the real thing....)

Is it anything like the one played by the science officer with whom Jean-Luc Picard has a brief (one episode) romantic fling in 'Star Trek, the Next Generation'?

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There is also a contemporary CD transfer of English Polyphonic Church Music (Byrd, Sheppard, Gibbons, Tomkins, Dering etc) which must be one of the finest recordings of its kind ever made, with some quite unbelievably beautiful singing. Bernard Rose was a Tomkins specialist - his Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom reduces me to tears - a perfect Desert Island Disc in every way. (OxRecs OXCD-5287).

Agree totally about the Tomkins - it's a wonderful piece and this performance is magical. Nicholson's O pray for the peace is also a gem. I think the LP may have been on the Argo label originally, but my version is the horribly cheap Saga reissue. Sadly the OxRecs CD is now out of print and there are no plans to reprint it. I know, coz I tried to get a copy earlier this year. :rolleyes:

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I expect quite a few of us are asked what we would like for Christmas. .......home-spun things that are not familiar.

 

Martin.

 

 

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Here's one to keep organists happy for weeks, months.....perhaps years!

 

 

Go to "my pics" and it's the first one:-

 

 

http://musingmuso.piczo.com/?cr=2&rfm=y

 

 

:rolleyes:

 

 

MM

 

PS: To hell with organs after Christmas Morning.....it's the Lewis Hamilton story for me!

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Is it anything like the one played by the science officer with whom Jean-Luc Picard has a brief (one episode) romantic fling in 'Star Trek, the Next Generation'?

 

At last! Another Star Trek fan (it seems) on this forum. How many more out there? Come on, own up, don't be shy!

 

Make it so!

 

Peter

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My son has pointed out a USB roll up keyboard - as a potential present! (needless to say he ignores the real thing....)

 

Does anyone think these are good for anything for anyone? I've only seen a photo of one - are the black keys raised, or are they just flat - I suppose they need to be flat to roll up???? :rolleyes::o

 

Hi

 

The one (very cheap) version that I saw in a shop had sharps level with the naturals.

 

Tony

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At last! Another Star Trek fan (it seems) on this forum. How many more out there? Come on, own up, don't be shy!

 

Make it so!

 

Peter

 

Me too, but only Star Trek TNG and Star Trek Voyager (principally because of 'Seven of Nine'!)

 

John

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Me too, but only Star Trek TNG and Star Trek Voyager (principally because of 'Seven of Nine'!)

 

John

 

 

And Deanna surely?

 

Do either of you (Gareth and John) play any ST music on the organ? I mentioned before that I had played a bride in and out to DS9 and Voyager. I once played the theme to ST: First Contact (by the amazingly versatile Jerry Goldsmith) before a congregation of academics at university who had gathered to witness the signing of an ecumenical chaplaincy covenent. I was told (by the Anglican chaplain) that the music I played to accompany the actual signing of the document sounded suspiciously like The Archers!

 

Peter

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I once turned the theme from 'Voyager' into a French toccata. We were saying 'bon voyage' to a Trekkie curate at the service in question.

During my time at Nantwich, a 'Star Trek' themed wedding came up. It had been allowed by the same incumbent who had allowed the mediaeval themed wedding I've mentioined in a prevoius thread.

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And Deanna surely?

 

Do either of you (Gareth and John) play any ST music on the organ? I mentioned before that I had played a bride in and out to DS9 and Voyager. I once played the theme to ST: First Contact (by the amazingly versatile Jerry Goldsmith) before a congregation of academics at university who had gathered to witness the signing of an ecumenical chaplaincy covenent. I was told (by the Anglican chaplain) that the music I played to accompany the actual signing of the document sounded suspiciously like The Archers!

 

Peter

 

Not yet I haven't, but it sounds a good idea!

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I bought a "roll-up" keyboard from a store in the USA as I had never seen it being sold here. I ended up paying as much in shipping as the thing itself cost, and then the same again in taxes and courier administrative charges that they slapped on for the hassle of being over the £18 import tax threshold. Moral of the story, don't buy abroad. I subsequently saw them - for a fraction of the price I paid - on ebay.

 

As a gimmick it's asages nice idea, and I imagine one day it might be useful if going camping or something and you really want to bring a musical instrument with you. It has a wide range of instruments and is available in four or five octaves and one version is even MIDI compatible.

 

On the downside, the accidentals/black notes are not raised above the whites, so playing by sense is very difficult, and you also have to squeeze the note quite firmly to get it to sound (obviously it isn't touch sensitive). So overall it is fiendishly difficult to play the right notes and your fingers rapidly fatigue because of the force needed to play.

 

Would I recommend it? As a Christmas present to the friend who has almost everything else and who will accept a joke item, perhaps yes. It has its place, just don't expect anyone who has one to use it more than once in a blue moon.

 

Contrabombarde

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Agree totally about the Tomkins - it's a wonderful piece and this performance is magical. Nicholson's O pray for the peace is also a gem. I think the LP may have been on the Argo label originally, but my version is the horribly cheap Saga reissue. Sadly the OxRecs CD is now out of print and there are no plans to reprint it. I know, coz I tried to get a copy earlier this year. :(

 

I managed to obtain a copy of this excellent recording yesterday, direct from Magdalen College. If you look at the Magdalen College website there are ordering instructions. It looks like it's also possible to collect in person at the lodge.

 

Needless to say, I'm enjoying listing to it - superb.

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