MusingMuso Posted May 19, 2008 Share Posted May 19, 2008 Improvising upon a theme, (as organists tend to do), I was wondering who are best performers around the world to-day, by country? In the days when we actually had organ-broadcasts on radio, many of those included some of the great names from other countries, so we actually heard of people like Andre Isoir, Heinz Wunderlich, Anton Heiller and Fernando Germani. Recording companies also gave us names to conjour with; some of whom carved a niche for themselves in specialist areas of music performance and musicology. Desparately attempting to keep in touch, I wonder which performers would now be regarded as top-notch, from countries in Europe, Australia and America: perhaps even further flung or less well-known countries such as Argentina, Iceland, Norway, Russia or maybe even Botswanaland. (Of course, there may well be organists in exile in Thailand, but I think we can draw a veil over them). Now before anyone rushes to the keyboard to say that "organist A" is crap, and should never have been allowed near a keyboard, or that "organist B" is a musical moron who knows nothing much about Bach, I think we should have at least a basic rule of fair engagement. We don't want, I hope, derogatory comments and personal insults; so keep it positive. What I, and presumably others, would be interested to know, is the general concensus about who are the great and good in the contemporary organ-scene, by country, because I'll be blowed if I could name half-a-dozen. Reasons would be welcome, and even evidence of recorded performances, because whilst it is often difficult to judge an organ from a recording, performances can usually be discerned with great accuracy. The other rule must be "country of origin" rather than country of residence, or we will all end up thinking that John Scott was born in New York State and that Carlo Curley hails from London (or wherever he lives these days since moving out of the vicarage at Hammersmith). MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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