Recent content by jhnbrbr

  1. When the experts screw up.

    Have you ever been to an organ recital by a professional when something has gone horribly wrong? I can remember two such experiences, but I won't name names as I wouldn't want to destroy anyone's reputation! The first was a very emminent British organist giving a recital at Birmingham Cathedral...
  2. Those two extra pedals

    As we all know, "full" pedalboards come in two varieties: 30 note and 32 note. But do any organ compositions actually use the two extra pedals? As far as I can remember, I've never come across one, but my repertoire is admittedly very limited. So my challenge question to all organ "anoraks" is...
  3. Remembering the people of Haiti

    They are in our thoughts at this time of terrible suffering and loss.
  4. The compleat Franck on the tube.

    I set myself the enjoyable little task of looking for all 12 major organ works on Youtube - and I found them! SIX PIECES (1860's) 1. Fantasy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIZN0SVDizw 2. Grand Piece Symphonique http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy4hJocyrLM...
  5. The Crossword Clue Challenge

    Self-explanatory really, a spin-off from the verbosity challenge. Here's one to get it started ... Took a more elevated seat, we hear. Good for taking the mickey. (6) . . . . R .
  6. Gustav Merkel: Sonata Op 30 (4 hands)

    I have always thought of Merkel as a writer of (good) short pieces, but here's something a little more substantial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-cSP6qWmAs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxAHgWTNhJA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ee7gKvXMAE
  7. RIP Edward Woodward

    He was a great actor who could play any part from a spy to a bin man, but perhaps he will be most remembered for this ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FdV-O8o7ok
  8. Have you ever seen a UFO?

    Technically, I have seen a UFO, but it was rather a boring one - nothing like a flying saucer. I was walking across a field at dusk when something above the trees caught my eye. I don't really know what it was, but it appeared to be a piece of translucent material (eg clear polythene sheet)...
  9. Which is your favourite Franck Choral?

    The first is my favourite (by a narrow margin) but I haven't found a Youtube recording I liked - not until today. Nathan Laube interprets it beautifully, the recording is nice and clear, and that all-important Vox Humana is quite delicious. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tare6rI_d-s...
  10. Franck: Sonata for "Violin" and Piano

    What? You can't find your fiddle? There must be something else you could use .... ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQdASKnIFCg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDy_vZHEi6E http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9lk7Ddmv1E http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TKN0XgyXy8
  11. Franck Piano Quintet

    Here is a full performance of a work very dear to my heart. But how did the mild-mannered organist of St Clotilde come to compose such a sizzlingly erotic outpouring of raw emotion in the first place? One theory is that he had fallen deeply in love with his student Augusta Holmes, and expressed...
  12. For the troubled in spirit ....

    Just discovered this charming little song by my idol C.F. Perfect for calming the mind at bedtime... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SlaNR9Xbus
  13. Two slices of panis

    "Panis Angelicus" has become one of those musical cliches - a song better known than its composer - and it goes without saying that every up-and-coming classical singer will want to make a recording of it. But in spite of the endless repetition, it never quite loses its simple magic. Here are...
  14. Striking the keys of tracker instruments

    A few years ago the UK TV programme "The South Bank Show" featured Dame Gillian Weir (for whom I have a lot of admiration). At one point she was shown teaching a US student and encouraging them to strike the keys of a tracker action organ quite hard in order to accent notes. I hadn't come across...
  15. Descendant of Cesar Franck(?)

    Does anyone here know for sure whether Thomas M Franck, the distinguished international lawyer who died recently was a descendant of Cesar Franck? The second link below says that he was (though it is not very accurate in its musical details) but his Wickipedia entry (third link) says that he...
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