Lausanne Posted October 21, 2009 Share Posted October 21, 2009 I have just returned from Wayne Marshall's concert on the Royal Albert Hall organ this evening and wondered if anyone else had been there. Was it just me or did most of the programme appear to be played at break neck speed? I expect variations in tempo from different organists, but when it becomes difficult to recognise the piece being played, I find it hard to appreciate the music. There was certainly a great deal of technically superb playing, even if the 16' pedal pipes clearly were not impressed by being asked to repeat quicker than it takes them to sound in the first place. The sound of the instrument was very good, despite the poor acoustics. It must take a week or two to tune the whole thing. There was a relatively high level of background noise, either a heating system or perhaps even the organ wind (surely dealt with in the recent restoration). We were sat at the other end of the Hall, so up close it will have been intrusive during the quieter pieces of music. I was surprised to find that the next RAH organ concert is not until next summer, obviously one or two other things happen there in between. I'm in London until Saturday, any suggestions for other concerts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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