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The choir of Coventry Cathedral, c.1988, deliver the Coventry Carol accompanied by the (I'm guessing) inclusive music group.

 

There are other clips in the same account (notyobs) that you might find interesting.

 

Best wishes

 

barry

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The choir of Coventry Cathedral, c.1988, deliver the Coventry Carol accompanied by the (I'm guessing) inclusive music group.

 

There are other clips in the same account (notyobs) that you might find interesting.

 

Best wishes

 

barry

 

It's a pity that the extra musicians seem to be the ones responsible for spoiling this very atmospheric performance.

Coincidence? In 1988 arch-arranger [indeed the all-time-gold-medal-SOP-hymn-Souper-Up-in-Chief] Paul Leddington Wright was Organist and Master of the Choristers at Coventry.

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The choir of Coventry Cathedral, c.1988

How different from when I last heard them in the early 1970s (yeah, I don't get around much). Back then they had a very continental tone even more dramatic than George Malcolm's choir at Westminster Cathedral. And first-rate they sounded too.

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I felt weak at the knees when I watched this video of Cameron Carpenter playing the Chopin Revolutionary study. Yep, that's right. And guess what he uses to play the runny left hand bits with???

Think I'll give up now and take up truck driving again.

 

chirps

Churchmouse - still feeling weak-kneed

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Oh , I should have added to my first post but was a bit shy; there are 4 or 5 little videos of my Martin playing the Christchurch Rieger: Grison, some of his own bits n' bats, and a Lefebure-Wely Sortie. The latter might be of interest to some of you as it also shows shots of the interior of the organ and I even braved climbing to the top of the swell to get those as well. (heights AND Cameron Carpenter playing make me weak-kneed, obviously!)

Martin's little collection you can find on YouTube here

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Oh dear, it's back to primary school again for me with that Chopin. And I thought I was doing well to get through the first page of the Krebs E major toccata as my recital party piece!!! This guy is easily a match for Virgil Fox. Though for sheer laughter therapy, THIS takes some beating :P

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A few of my favorite YouTube clips:

 

Bach Prelude in e minor BWV 548 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ouJ3O2T4ZI0

Bach Fugue in e minor BWV 548 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=idhHq1mn1XA

 

The only clip I've found of the Paris Aubertain (not brilliant playing but a fine sound)

 

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=voqGH5Re5b8

 

Latry playing Vierne (sadly not his fantastic recording at Notre Dame)

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=vvXddUK7I4k

 

Leonhardt and Buxtehude: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5VrGQGi4lvA

 

Little Fugue in g minor BWV 578 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=x1Vm6_mn4ME

 

Something a bit fun out there for you theorists: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_1ain4qftoM

 

Some sublime piano plaing:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=pR6kpZzOGdo

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5QGwS69fVyA

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Lox6Qab8A

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrr3bfA5QKs

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Oh dear, it's back to primary school again for me with that Chopin. And I thought I was doing well to get through the first page of the Krebs E major toccata as my recital party piece!!! This guy is easily a match for Virgil Fox. Though for sheer laughter therapy, THIS takes some beating :P

Sorry, CB, but I couldn't get your links to work.

 

Whilst I agree that Cameron Carpenter has a fantastic technique, he doesn't have the musicianship Virgil Fox could display. He comes across to me as a highly skilled acrobat, devoid of musicianship. Or am I just jealous?!

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I'm afraid it made me feel weak at the stomach.

 

J

 

 

I felt weak at the knees when I watched this video of Cameron Carpenter playing the Chopin Revolutionary study. Yep, that's right. And guess what he uses to play the runny left hand bits with???

Think I'll give up now and take up truck driving again.

 

chirps

Churchmouse - still feeling weak-kneed

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Here are a few of my Favourite Youtube Videos:

 

Parry - I Was Glad - St Pauls Cathedral

 

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=2YstlGy1Ld0

 

Vierne - Finale - Symphonie No. 6. A tad too fast IMO but a terrific performance.

 

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=iyQ5Qq-rviM

 

Thalben-Ball - Elegy - Technically great performance, I thought maybe a bit more expression needed. For example maybe dwell a bit longer on the fortissimo chord before the pedals come rumbling in below. Only my opinion though!

 

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZJlGuNFi8g&...feature=related

 

Durufle - Prelude and Fugue on the Name of ALAIN. Simply breathtaking music worderfully performed.

 

Prelude - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=3kYAG5ArZsg&NR=1

Fugue - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JR-sqchqWnE

 

And finally, my favourtie video on youtube to the present day:

 

Guilmant - Final - Sonata No. 1

 

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=GOzV41iwe-E

 

I think this video is simply wonderful. The organist (Raúl Prieto Ramírez) simply plays it fantastically, both technically and musically. He puts so much life, energy and enthusiasm into the performance. I also love the organ, especially that wonderful reed (chamade?) at the end. I keep going back to it again and again as I find simply breathtaking to watch and listen to!

 

Kind Regards,

 

Richard

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Here is a good example of a split personality organist - half way through Danse Macabre he pops out for a hair cut ...and a new console etc!!

 

AJJ

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Came across this set by chance whilst browsing the website of the church in question. History of the organ:

 

St. Laurenskerk, Rotterdam, NL

There are pictures of this organ as early as 1645 when an organ was in situ. This had been built by Hans Goltfusz. This lasted until around 1790 when a new organ was built by Wolfferts: this was worked on by Meere in 1828.

 

The Wolfferts / Mere organ was lost, along with almost all of the rest of the cathedral on 14th May 1940 when Rotterdam was heavily bombed by the Germans.

 

The current organ contains 4 manuals, 84 stops, 150 ranks and around 7600 pipes: it was built by Marcussen of Denmark in 1973.

 

There are several clips on YouTube and it sounds fantastic:

 

Firstly, someone trying to play Handel's "Water Music" on the instrument. Sounds OK.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNJy1KJLOXg

 

Next up is an improvisation on Psalm 54. Anyone know the composer?

 

And another improvisation on 'Holy Holy Holy':

 

Lastly, this piece makes great use of the organ's chamade ranks. Anyone know the title & composer of the piece?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmPYSlolSVw

 

Anyway, sounds fantastic: I shall make every effort to hear this organ next time I find myself in Holland.

 

As an aside, this church has three other organs:

 

Transept organ:

Marcussen of Denmark, 1959. 3 manuals, 31 stops, 52 ranks

 

Choir Organ:

Unknown builder, 1725. Came from a catholic church in Amsterdam. Moved to Bunschoten but was later moved to Rotterdam by Marcussen of Denmark.

1 manual, 8 stops, 12 ranks and a tremulant. Borrowed pedals with no independant stops. Manual - Pedal coupler.

 

Positive Organ:

Built for a church in Rotterdam, 1963. Moved to St. Laurenskerk in 1990.

 

Dave

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Whilst I agree that Cameron Carpenter has a fantastic technique, he doesn't have the musicianship Virgil Fox could display. He comes across to me as a highly skilled acrobat, devoid of musicianship.

 

Which one?

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I know; I was sort of making a point (badly). The two performers seem pretty similar to me. However, what do people think of this:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=pATsnf9Ie5s ?

Very clever technique, excellent handling of the instrument, and all from memory too. But it just doesn't come across as a musical performance IMHO. He takes massive liberties with Franck's intentions, and these just get in the way of the music to me. But I can admire the technique - and the clever gratuitous thumbing-down in the F sharp minor bit before the end.

 

I much prefer this interpretation: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=dugrozq17Ek&...feature=related

 

Concerning Virgil Fox, I have contemplated posting the following on this thread, and have now decided to put my head above the parapet, and am quite expecting to be shot down for having "bad taste". For a really moving performance, see http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JSbNgX1_-SA. I think that most people will have the same initial negative reaction as I had. However, upon subsequent listenings, I've really grown to appreciate this, especially considering the circumstances of its performance. I think it displays a really fine sense of musicianship, and a really skillful organist, and I've gone back to listen to it several times.

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I felt weak at the knees when I watched this video of Cameron Carpenter playing the Chopin Revolutionary study. Yep, that's right. And guess what he uses to play the runny left hand bits with???

Think I'll give up now and take up truck driving again.

 

chirps

Churchmouse - still feeling weak-kneed

 

Do you think he intentionally dressed up to look like Freddie Mercury?

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I know; I was sort of making a point (badly). The two performers seem pretty similar to me. However, what do people think of this:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=pATsnf9Ie5s ?

 

 

I love the way he introduces vibrato into the organ tone by waving his wrists and arms around while holding keys down.

I hadn't realised that the Mashall and Jaeger (electronic) instrument is touch sensitive to that extent. Now wonder people are (supposedly) raving about it.

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Pierre Cochereau:

 

 

 

More Rotterdam - worth watching for the concentration on the stop-pullers' faces..... and the shaking organist toward the end!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4QQXCobw40

 

 

Daniel Roth - Vierne Symphony 2 Mvt1

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOofV3PCnno

 

 

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor..... again. This time on the Hill Organ in Sydney Town Hall

 

 

Peter

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Next up is an improvisation on Psalm 54. Anyone know the composer?

 

And another improvisation on 'Holy Holy Holy':

 

Lastly, this piece makes great use of the organ's chamade ranks. Anyone know the title & composer of the piece?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmPYSlolSVw

 

If you look through the comments on these videos I believe that you will discover that they are all original improvisations.

 

Apparently the last one is based on "the dutch hyme: 'Eens als de bazuinen klinken'"

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There are several excellent videos in various formats (YouTube, blip, WMV, even the dreaded RM) available at this St. Sulpice web page. The most interesting are those of Daniel Roth improvising for visitors while calling out the stop changes: "Voix Humaine by Clicquot", "a wonderful stop, Flûte Conique, just behind the façade", and so on. Watch him stretch for the fourth manual and imagine Widor playing the Allegro from Symphonie No. 6 back back when the Récit was on V: The mind boggles!

 

Here is another recording of M. Roth, this time playing

in Rouen. I very much want to pick up this CD after watching the video, but it requires an SACD player. Has anyone on this forum invested in an SACD player? Was it worthwhile? I wonder if they make computer optical drives with SACD capability?

 

Moving a bit closer to home for most forum members (warning: PDF) I found myself enjoying this recording of Petr Eben's

shortly after he passed. Linked off to the right you can find the same piece recorded in three parts at the Bätz organ in Utrecht Domkerk with some very busy stop-pullers!

 

Finally, for a laugh try some of this insanity. It must be rather difficult to keep up with the Joneses up at West Point, but the U.S. Naval Academy is gamely trying. Their "64' Double Ophicleide" reminds me of the sideline artillery fire at the Army-Navy (American) football games I saw growing up. It must be said that Veterans Stadium was a better acoustic for such cannonades.

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