Colin Harvey Posted November 26, 2008 Share Posted November 26, 2008 While listening to the rather stomach churning recordings at Kampen and Boswald on the Baroque organ tone thread, I came across this: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=gI9G-yLx2wQ&NR=1 This impressed me even less than the very unpleasent playing at Kampen for a number of reasons. Firstly, the organist's tempo is all over the place - there is no sense of moving forward with an underlying pulse - sometimes he tries to drag the congregation forward by playing slightly ahead of the beat but it's quite funny to notice how the congregation wins in the end. Secondly, the congregation and organist are very much doing their own thing and the 2 activities don't really sound related at all. The organist is blasting away on all his Cavaille-Coll inspired reeds for all he's worth and yet it bears no relation to the chorale at all... ... which brings me onto the third point. Is it really necessary to play at that level of volume all the time? Yes, it's a big congregation and yes, it's Psalm 150 but to play on full Grande Orgue and Pedale anches all the time strikes me as ... insensitive, unmusical and immature. And the touch is not especially good. It sounds like the organist is too over-excited to be in control of what he is doing. This is a sign of immaturity or inexperience to me - after a while, the excitement of playing a really loud and exciting organ like this wears out and you're left with just playing the music... I felt this accompaniment was at the expense of the singing - it draws attention away from the singing and the chorale to the unholy racket going on at the west end, when its function should be to accompany and lead. Not show-off. Are there any other points people would make about this example? More to the point, do people have examples of good accompaniment they'd like to post or point at - either congregational or choral. It would be good to have examples from other cultures too, so we're not just sticking to Anglican Choral accompaniment and hymns. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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