Brian Childs Posted August 16, 2005 Share Posted August 16, 2005 Hi everybody, I thought I would see if the collective wisdom of the group could provide me with any explanation(s) of something that has always puzzled me, though the matter is hardly of earth-shattering significance. Those of us with even moderately sized CD collections can hardly fail to notice that some instruments appear far more frequently than others. Simply restricting myself to British organs, the area with which I am most familiar, (though I have noticed exactly the same apparent phenomenon with regard to organs in France and Germany)it is glaringly obvious, for example, that whilst Coventry, Blackburn, Salisbury and Norwich Cathedral Organs have been recorded by several different players, some of whom seem to have no discernible connection with the cathedral in question other than being physically present in the building in order to play the organ, other equally fine (or finer?)instruments , eg Liverpool Anglican Cathedral are recorded only by a staff organist and by no one else. I do not intend to multiply examples, though I could. At one level the explanation is obvious. The authorities in the different cathedrals adopt different policies. But why do they do this ? Is the explanation as simple as the personal prejudices and likes of a particular Dean or Provost or are there other reasons more susceptible to objective explanation and discussion. I am taking it as a given constant that the organ is in "recordable condition" and that there is someone who actually wants to record it. There is little mystery about the lack of demand to record instruments which are in such a pitiful condition that no one could be expected to buy or listen to anything recorded on them, at least with any semblance of enjoyment. A related matter is what motivates these policies to suddenly be put into reverse, so that a famine turns into a feast ? For years no CD was available of the Organ in Ripon Cathedral and the position in relation to Liverpool Metropolitain Cathedral was worse, since only the old Ryemuse LP of extracts from the inaugural programme of recitals was available. As I write I can call to mind at least 5 CDs of Ripon and I know of another in the "can" awaiting release: likewise I know of at least 3 CDs using the Metropolitain Cathedral Walker. Does anyone know the answer , or have any plausible theories which can account for this state of affairs? Regards to everybody, Brian Childs Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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