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Ghekorg7 (Ret)

Rear Admiral Appassionata (Ret)
Looks very nice, Panos. But don't you mind the fact that one keyboard is "shifted" against the other?


It's kinda odd - Japaneese thinkin' of right hand plays more treble that the left... - but this is what I got... I have to work with what's best around:)

I dream of this beutiful HW3ect dedicated console....some day...who knows..

On the other hand I can transpose things in my VPOs, like managing to get the upper C2 lower key note to sound as C1 and have two identical 49 keyboards, or leaving things as they are I can have the 5th (treble) octave of a 61 key swell and get some echoes arrangments in some works...;)
The problem is when I have to play left hand in the upper manual and the work needs the left hand to play above C3....:crazy: then I end up with my hands hard crossed:grin::grin: Thank god I don't have to cross my feet also !:grin::grin::lol::lol::nut:
 

Stoda

New member
Here are some pieces from my Junior recital for my Bachelor degree, on the organ where I work.

Vierne's Symphony No.2: I. Allegro, III. Scherzo

Widor's Symphony No.6: V. Finale

all found here http://soundcloud.com/stoda/sets/junior-recital The organ was going through some "seasonal changes" at the time but you'll get the feel for the instrument and the space!

Great to hear you all play!

Stephen
 
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Soubasse

New member
Fantastic stuff Stephen! Excellent playing and a great sound from the organ too in what sounds like highly sympathetic acoustics. Where is this by the way? Are you able to point us in the direction of a stoplist? (Time for me to look at some more Vierne now!)
 

Krummhorn

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Great playing, Stephen ... and a wonderful sounding instrument, too!! Just enough natural building acoustical presence to make it very enjoyable listening.

I've always had a liking and great respect for the music of Vierne.
 

Contratrombone64

Admiral of Fugues
Stephen - fantastic, such lovely playing. I especially love the Vierne 2nd symphony, that opening movement is so profound and majestic. Great registration, where's the organ buddy? Can you post the stop list?

Love the interface of that "site" where you uploaded your music, very interesting.
 

Stoda

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Thank you all for your kind comments! The instrument is an absolute joy to play...especially in that space.

The organ is at St. Paul's Anglican Church on Bloor St., Toronto, Canada. There's quite a wealth of information about the organ in this link by Casavant Frères, including a stop list:

http://www.casavant.ca/new_temp/anglais/History/Early/0550.pdf

You may know the British/Canadian composer Healey Willan, who served as organist there... his masterwork, "Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor" was composed for this organ! :)

Stephen
 

Ghekorg7 (Ret)

Rear Admiral Appassionata (Ret)
Stephen I'm impressed !! thank you for your performance and sharing it with us !
Yeah. a stop list, would be nice to know.

Very interesting site to upload. I tried to sign up too, but that day I couldn't get to do it - link problems.... -
 

Soubasse

New member
Thank you all for your kind comments! The instrument is an absolute joy to play...especially in that space.
I'm not the least bit surprised: an Anglo-Canadian instrument with work by two of the finest representatives of those countries, no wonder I loved the sound! I doubt I'd ever get bored coming to that instrument week after week. Stephen, you're a very lucky man (but I'm sure you already know that!). Fascinating reading about those polyphone pipes - I had never heard of them before.
I've played and greatly enjoyed a lot of Willan's music, including the big C minor. Now knowing more about the instrument, it all makes more sense! Am definitely putting Toronto on a tour list if I ever get to Canada again (which I sincerely hope to do).
 

Stoda

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Silly me, that should read "I,P,F in E-flat minor."

CT- the diapason 32's are on the left side, with most of the other pedal ranks. Casavant was actually able to pull it off with just 6 polyphone pipes (more detail on pg. 4-5). Unfortunately I haven't seen the inside yet! Getting inside involves ladders... I'll look into getting inside when the builders come next.

Soubasse- yes, I'm very fortunate! I recently finished my first year there as organ scholar and get plenty of practice time. You're welcome to visit if you ever swing by Toronto. Btw... if you'd like to hear the IPF performed on this organ, my teacher recorded a CD there many years ago which is fantastic.

http://www.emusic.com/album/John-Tuttle-Willan-Dupr%C3%A9-Durufl%C3%A9-John-Tuttle-Organist-MP3-Download/10990143.html

In the next few months I'm looking to do some video recordings, which could give a closer look :)
 

Contratrombone64

Admiral of Fugues
Stoda - what I find fascinating is the SIZE of the church (considering it's not the Anglican Cathedral in Ontario), amazing. If you ever happen to come to Sydney, you must see the monster that is pictured (partly) on my avatar!
 

Soubasse

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Silly me, that should read "I,P,F in E-flat minor."

You should worry, I've only just realised that I was hopelessly confused with the Reger Intro, Pass and Fuge (which isn't even in C minor either!):eek::eek: I must be getting old!

But I do have a handful of Willan's pieces ("the Dean of Canadian composers" :)) including some lovely preludes based on plainchant, along with some free works. He had an accessible and playable sound.
 

Stoda

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Stoda - what I find fascinating is the SIZE of the church (considering it's not the Anglican Cathedral in Ontario), amazing. If you ever happen to come to Sydney, you must see the monster that is pictured (partly) on my avatar!

Yep, its actually bigger than the cathedral, which is not far away. I figure its because the "new" church building was built in 1913, after the current cathedral.

And oh my! Who would ever find need for a reed of that size? Haha...so where in Sydney is this?

Reminds me of this video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Wpn7xyzUqg
 
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Contratrombone64

Admiral of Fugues
It's in the Sydney Town Hall, which is smack bang in the heart of the city (the block that is bordered by George, Park, Bathurst and Clarence (? or is that York?) Streets.
 

QFE

New member
I'm not able to record 'my' organ, but a local nusician, Matt Worley, used the church and the organ to record his latest album.

http://www.mikedickson.org.uk/tron/right.htm here are a couple of samples, giving you an idea of the delightful sounf the instrument makes - I hope you are fans of 'Yes' :) (you'll need to scroll down to almost the bottom of the page and look for 'Wilden Church Organ')
 

Ghekorg7 (Ret)

Rear Admiral Appassionata (Ret)
I'm not able to record 'my' organ, but a local nusician, Matt Worley, used the church and the organ to record his latest album.

http://www.mikedickson.org.uk/tron/right.htm here are a couple of samples, giving you an idea of the delightful sounf the instrument makes - I hope you are fans of 'Yes' :) (you'll need to scroll down to almost the bottom of the page and look for 'Wilden Church Organ')

Thanks QFE.
Good link. I got some Mellotron sounds from Sampletron and now full free version of SampleTank 2.5. Also some very good VSTi s among them the Mellotron MkV (double keyboard) as used By Tony Banks !
Electrostudio has a great Novatron. You can open the case (virtualy...) and see the tapes running !! Sounds great and functions like the real thing.:)

By the way I 've got all Yes' albums in Vinyl, also Relayer's official score book (for keys & Voc & for Guit & Bass). Remeber "Soon the light...." ending of "the gates of delirium"?
I'm a fan alright, still got a concard with Roger Dean's logo with a space island...

Cheers
Panos
 

teddy

Duckmeister
Thank you QFE. Although I joined the forum for the jazz section, Part of the reason I stay with it is posts like this. Very enjoyable.

Teddy..
 

QFE

New member
Cheers guys. Glad you liked the link. Panos, I saw Yes at the NEC in Birmingham. Quite a staggering performance. The had their rotating stage and swapped between band members old and new depending on the song being performed. The level of musicianship all round was of the highest order and sadly, not something I've seen since in a 'pop' group.

On the subject of Tony Banks, I have been toying with the idea of doing a Genesis arrangement for recitals; 'Firth of Fith' seems to be the most likely candidate at the moment. The only thing that puts me off is the fact that recital goers probably wouldn't 'get it' unless they were Genesis fans :-( Still, if I do it, I'll let you know how I get on.
 
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