Vox Humana Posted October 5, 2015 Share Posted October 5, 2015 Last month Mrs Humana and I spent a few days in Catalonia. Our primary aim was to see the inside of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, which was just a mass of scaffolding when we were there in 2008 - but that's by the way. One evening Mrs H was zapping through the TV channels and happened upon Televisió El Vendrell which was in the process of broadcasting this complete organ recital, very musically played by Ana Aguado. Since we missed the first couple of pieces, I never saw a mention of the church. I don't remember her playing Reger and she ended with three delightful pieces by Martin y Coll, but the date seems right, so I think this must have been it. It was a real treat. No fussy announcements, just a screen title at the start of each piece and uninterrupted music. I was prompted to wonder how many other countries do such things. I can't see the BBC broadcasting an hour-long organ recital nowadays, either with or without absence of commentary. John Scott Whiteley's Bach series didn't really fall into this category and I suppose the last nearly comparable thing would have been Dame Gillian's "King of Instruments" series of 1989 - or possibly one of Jennifer Bate's Messiaen broadcasts (neither of which I can find on BBC Genome).I've not been able to find out anything much about the organ at El Vendrell, other than it seems to date from 1777 and that Pau (aka Pablo) Casals had lessons on it when he was young (so I imagine it's where his father was organist). Tonally it was very pleasant. I thought the pleno sounded rather "broken glass", but that might well have been the fault of the small TV on which we were listening. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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