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    Huge monster in WA

    I recently obtained a recording of the grand organ at St. Patrick's Basilica, Freemantle (west of Perth, Western Australia). Played by a Mr. Dominic Perissinotto. I bought it because it's got the wonderful Guilmant Sonata No. 1, (probably my favourite piece for organ of that era). The organ at this church is a monster (at least by Aussie standards) see:

    http://www.ohta.org.au/confs/WA/StPats.html

    for a specification.

    Interestingly the recording also has Mr. Perissinotto's rendition of Pictures at an Exhibition (with wonderful use of all the colourful stops). Bravo to our Kiwis cousins for sucha wonderful restoration. Any Kiwis on this board??

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    Absolutely beautiful! Stunning!
    judy tooley

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    thanks Judy - yes, it's wonderful, one day I hope to tickle its ivories.

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    I noticed two pipe organs in that church. They were both pretty.
    One was really huge and the the other almost as small as the one
    I play.
    judy tooley

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    Hi Judy

    Yes, indeed ... it seems that a lot of large churches/cathedrals often have two or more. One to wake the congregation up and 't'other to accompany the choir, et cetera.

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    Hi CT64,

    Magnificent organ ... always admire the highly polished consoles that seem to abound in your region - Funny how all these 'donors' only visit other churches besides mine ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    . . . seems that a lot of large churches/cathedrals often have two or more. One to wake the congregation up and 't'other to accompany the choir, et cetera.
    Good one ... got a chuckle out of that phrase - I'll have to remember this one.
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    Krummiest horn ... problem with Australia is that there so much empty space between major cities ... for example from Perth to Sydney is a five day drive, like going from L.A. to New York.

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