sprondel Posted April 19, 2008 Share Posted April 19, 2008 Dear forum members, having been exposed to some truly sour chords when listening to Mendelssohn's A-Major sonata, played by Joseph Nolan on the organ of the Buckingham Palace Ballroom (new Signum CD), I wonder if the organ is tuned to something else than equal temperament. The liner notes say that it was built by Lincoln in 1818, rebuilt by Gray & Davidson in 1855, and restored in 2002 by William Drake. I wouldn't be surprised if the organ was tuned unequal, because it has some other antique features as well -- GG-compass on the Great and on the Choir, and a divided Great Sesquialtra mixture that would no doubt benefit from some pure thirds. The III/27 organ sounds very good, and Joseph Nolan's clean and fluent playing copes admirably with the dead acoustics. BTW, he starts with an all-chorus Bach Passacaglia. (Not that he had much of a choice, considering the stoplist.) In the know, anyone? Thanks, Friedrich Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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