CT_Worcester Posted January 22, 2009 Share Posted January 22, 2009 I attended a magnificent recital by David Sanger at the Town Hall last night. It was the first time I have heard the organ since the hall re-opened. I must say the old girl was in terrific voice, though, sadly, the audience fell short of the usual numbers of Birmingham organ enthusiasts. I know that the changes made in 2007 were not extensive, but it seemed to me that the organ had more 'presence' in the hall than formerly, and the choruses, right up to full organ with bombarde division, were impressive. Maybe the refurb of the hall has given it a more sympathetic acoustic: I always felt the sound fell a bit flat formerly. The programme was as follows: J.S. Bach Toccata, Adagio & Fugue Mendelssohn Andante in D, with Variations Franck Grande Pièce Symphonique Bingham Roulade Schumann Four Sketches for Pedal-Piano Vierne Tempo di Scherzo, Largetto & Final (From Symphony No 5 in A minor) There was an encore - Leo Sowerby's 'Carillion', which showed off the new Whitechapel bells to great effect. What particularly struck me about the recital was the way in which a British 19th-century town hall organ can deal with the French romantic repertoire in a thoroughly authentic way - as another member of the audience put it, "He got sounds out of the organ that I've never heard before!" Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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