Guest spottedmetal Posted March 29, 2008 Share Posted March 29, 2008 Dear All On another thread rather irrelevantly to hybridisation I mentioned the Carlo Curley recordings and American instruments with lots of "expression pedals", and queasy strings on which MM enlightened us further. However, this morning I discovered possibly the most horrible example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtKgOZX3DcU where the pipe-organ greets the synthesizer - and if there is something wrong with hybrids, that's just it. Earlier this week the pianist Richard Greenwood's memorial service was held at St Mary's Barnes. There is a spectacular 1984 Peter Collins there which is very lovely - but from this one can see how one gets to Trono. Possibly some might call it a vegetarian instrument . . . excellent for Bach, looks good, relies on upperwork to support congregational singing. But the postlude demonstrated the problem - wonderful sound across the Chancel and front of Nave, but at the back and particularly diagonally at the back, the sound was weak and does not fill. Perhaps that's the reason why some hybridisation was experimented with at Trono - and certainly Carlo's recording does not show up the problems. Whilst being convinced that some artificial spice can salvage an out-of-fashion instrument and yet to be persuaded entirely otherwise, in the case of Trono just because one experiment has not worked as well as it might does not invalidate the experiment. In discussion with a young organist who normally plays a spectacular Markussen, he mentioned that it doesn't have "the beef" to fill the chapel where he is - and this is the strength of traditional out-of-fashion H&Hs which are weak in the spice department. In building conservation, we aim for certain principles which do not appear to have been universally applied to organ building and re-building: 1. Where adaptation is involved, changes should be reversible 2. New additions should be identifiable and not confusable with the old 3. The integrity of the old should not be compromised Sadly the numbers of rebuilds of former generations that we are now seeing as having been regrettable suggest that perhaps some of historic building philosophy would be well brought into the realm of organs. When temporary fashions cause people to muck around with the pipework inside cases to satisfy the fashion, none of the historic building criteria are obeyed, especially 2 and 3. Where we see temporary fashions, which of course have validity in themselves, cause pressure for instruments of the old fashion to be done away with or altered beyond recognition, then might possibly a temporary importation of some temporary technology imported onto a MIDI output which allows the instrument to more satisfy the new fashion have a place? In this way, the permanence and integrity of the old instrument can be preserved and either extra rawness can be imported into an H&H or possibly but potentially less successfully more red blood cells might be imported into a vegetarian. . . However, the recording of Trinity Wall Street above in my mind clocks up failure, particularly as it replaced apparently an intrinsically superb pure pipe organ. IMHO hybridisation might have a valid place but at Wall Street, that wasn't it. Best wishes Spot Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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