pcnd5584 Posted August 9, 2012 Share Posted August 9, 2012 Oh how depressing reading you lot of moaners. Accept his playing for what it is. I find CC's recording of the the Bach T & F in F really exciting and it seems to me that flashy, unconventional performance is entirely welcome, like his dress sense. I think that you are missing the point, here. 'Flashy' anything is, arguably, utterly false - and in my experience, simply gets in the way of the music, which is of far greater worth. Neither does a 'flash' performance necessarily equate to one which is either musical or imbued with informed taste. Surely one of our priorities is to try to interest young people in playing the organ. We need to ensure that there is a 'next generation'. With this in mind, and with regard to your comment on his dress sense: you also miss the point, here. As I have already stated, were I to employ Carpenter as an ambassador to the young for the organ, I know - without any doubt whatsoever - that the parents of my many pupils would not want their children anywhere near him.* There are many good players around who do not seek apparently to lift themselves above the cause of the music. Yet they could not accurately be described as dull. If you really want a good, exciting performance of the Toccata and Fugue, in F major (presumably BWV540) - find an archive recording of Thalben-Ball playing it. He took it as least as quickly as Fox, did not 'cheat' by playing the pedal solos on manual doubles (or by the unusual Pedal to Great coupler †) - and he also played all the notes correctly and in the right order. * To quote but one example, Daniel Moult has organised a number of excellent workshops for children and young people, with a 'hands-on' approach. They have been well received. He did not need to resort to being 'flash', he simply portrayed the organ as a captivating instrument and the music which was featured with skill and enthusiasm. Apparently, he did not feel it necessary to wear an outrageous costume in order to achieve his goal. † The organ of Riverside Church, NYC, has such a device: http://www.nycago.org/Organs/NYC/html/RiversideChurch.html#AeolianSkinner1118C Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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