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    Daniel Chorzempa

    I have just heard (on Spotify) some recordings of Bach organ pieces by Daniel Chorzempa. The reviews of these pieces are mostly favorable and in some cases very enthusiastic. However I find the recordings to be very disappointing. (Dare I say awful?) Dirge-like tempos, every note detached (even in triplets,) and given the same value, no phrasing at all, very difficult to hear the subject line, basically one registration, even some audible mistakes, in fact everything that I consider bad in the playing of Bach.

    I'd like to hear what others here think of Mr. Chorzempa's work.

    BTW I am no expert, and not a good organist. My ideal interpretations of Bach organ are those by Lionel Rogg.


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    Mick
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    I heard him play a Bach-only recital in Finland in 1990. Computer-like playing: no mistakes but no life either. Half of the audience left during the interval. When going out I heard one lady angrily say to her husband "I won't listen to this any more!".
    Marko Hakanpää, organist of St. Michael's Church, Turku, Finland.
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    Hi.
    Glad you agree. Looking forward to more opinions.

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    Don't seem to be getting more opinions so I'll add that I have listened to more of his work and it's not so bad but nothing special. He uses a very detached style that I happen to dislike. And the Dorian Fugue which is probably my favourite Bach piece just happens to be particularly bad.
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    Is very strange to read these comments about Mr. Chorzempa that is considered for many people one of the best renowned organists. He is celebrated also for the historical recordings with important labels like Philips or EMI.
    Strange to read so bad comments...

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    When listening to his playing, I can only wonder why he is so renowned. What I have heard was totally lifeless. That's how I feel, and I apoligize for having a wrong opinion.
    Marko Hakanpää, organist of St. Michael's Church, Turku, Finland.
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    Probably got a good publicity agent
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    he reminds me of my college organ professor I had in the 1960's...... you had to re write your Bach as detached playing with breaks between all notes in even form and not a lot of phrasing as we do now. He said that in old days with reverb and tracker action it couldn't have possible been played as many organist perform at (1960's) time... .now he would really be out spoken.. a thought.
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    Lionel Rogg's recordings were done on a Silbermann organ in a very reverberant space. No problem with clarity or phrasing even with a legato style. So that's no excuse!
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    Finn Viking, please don't apologize for your opinions! And your opinion is not wrong. No one has said they like Mr. Chorzempa's playing.
    Mick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Berg View Post
    Lionel Rogg's recordings were done on a Silbermann organ in a very reverberant space. No problem with clarity or phrasing even with a legato style. So that's no excuse!
    Mick
    I think it has to do with mic placement for recordings too ... in the live acoustic settings don't they place the recording mics closer to the organ cases?
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    Well his playing is quite technically correct ... not a bad tempo but a little too much detachment for my tastes. He does employ good registration changes and does express a little rubato at some places indicating he does have some "feel" for the music.

    I found a few of his playing recordings on Youtube.

    The late E. Power Biggs was also somewhat robotic in his playing style, but had lots more feeling in his interpretations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    I think it has to do with mic placement for recordings too ... in the live acoustic settings don't they place the recording mics closer to the organ cases?
    That's a fault of the Rogg recordings IMHO, the mics seem to be moved around a lot so the acoustic keeps changing. But the loud pieces are still clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    Well his playing is quite technically correct ... not a bad tempo but a little too much detachment for my tastes. He does employ good registration changes and does express a little rubato at some places indicating he does have some "feel" for the music.

    I found a few of his playing recordings on Youtube.

    The late E. Power Biggs was also somewhat robotic in his playing style, but had lots more feeling in his interpretations.
    Can't agree with you from what I've heard. Every piece has the same registration and it never changes. And the tempo of the Dorian Fugue is absurdly slow. But I think I should stop bashing him now, (not that he would care!)
    Mick

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