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White Sink Plug - 40mm (11/2")
White Sink Plug - 40mm (11/2")
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5.0 out of 5 stars A snug fit., 23 Mar. 2015
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A very snug fit, thanks mainly because the rubber is soft enough to have some'give' in it.


Krebs - Complete Organ Works, Vol 6/The Organ of St.Peter Mancroft, Norwich
Krebs - Complete Organ Works, Vol 6/The Organ of St.Peter Mancroft, Norwich
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Kitchen- Organ works of J L Krebs, vol 6, 31 July 2014
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All the tracks on this Priory CD were recorded on the fine Peter Collins organ at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich. The instrument was built unashamedly in the 18th century North German style and it has been recorded often in the thirty-odd years since it was built. It is ideally suited to the music of Ludwig Krebs, one of Bach's pupils. Krebs makes full and appropriate use of the organ's many available tonal colours. His recital covers a good range of the composer's output- chorales, praeluia, trios etc- all played with precision and sensitivity.


MICHEL CHAPUIS AUX ORGUES AUTHENTIQUES SILBERMANN
MICHEL CHAPUIS AUX ORGUES AUTHENTIQUES SILBERMANN

5.0 out of 5 stars Michel Chapuis- organ of Marmoutier, Alsace, 29 July 2014
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The famous 1709 Silbermann organ at Marmoutier has often been recorded and rightly so. Although on paper its specification is firmly French, it is versatile enough t give a very good account of Bach and other European composers. Accordingly Chapuis includes music by Murschauser, Bohm, Buxtehude and Bach in addition to French composers Jullien, Couperin, Grigny and Dandrieu.

This CD presents a mature, but still energetic, Chapuis treating us to a selection of his favourite pieces. In recommending it I should mention that the booklet supplied with the disc is in French only; at least mine was. The performance, however, is first class.


Marienhafe Von Holy Orgel
Marienhafe Von Holy Orgel

4.0 out of 5 stars Peter westerbrink (organ)- recital from Marienhafe, 1 July 2014
The splendid organ at Marienhafe was built by Gerhard von Holy in the early years of the 18th century. It is a 2-manual instrument of moderate size and is very versatile, despite the pedal being limited to pull-downs from the Hauptwerk.

In a rhythmic and pleasing performance Peter Westerbrink includes works by Scheidemann, Scheidt, Reincken and Buxtehude, but he also gives us a taste of Petrus de Drusina and Johann Steffens, names hitherto unknown to me, plus a few anonymous works. To house this CD, VLS supplies a handsome case which is twice the thickness of a normal jewel-case. This makes room for the 44-pages thick detailed booklet in three languages which includes the organ's specification and all registrations used.

One cannot help comparing this disc with the Ambitus 1988 recording (still available) by Martin Bocker on the same instument. Bocker's recital is confined to better-known Baroque composers. His lively playing and imaginative registrations make his performance the better of the two in my opinion. Westerbrink does very well, but Bocker's is a hard act for any organist to follow!

This CD is normally quite expensive, so if you want it cheap you will need to look around. I managed to get mine from the German Amazon site.


500 Jahre Orgel Lorris
500 Jahre Orgel Lorris
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andre Isoir (organ of Lorris en Gatinais), 20 Jun. 2014
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In 1973 Isoir recorded a couple of vinyl discs of French Renaissance music on the modern early-French-style organ by Koenig at Bon Pasteur church, Angers. Calliope's remastering of most of the tracks is still available on the CAL 5901 "Attaingant" CD and it is still very pleasurable to hear, despite the tonal limitations of that instrument and the age of the original analogue tapes.

Some 27 years on, Isoir has provided a further look at the Renaissance scene (and later!) with this very comprehensive recording on the one-manual 16th century organ at Lorris-en-Gatinais; again the firm of Koenig has been involved, this time in restoration. The instrument's colourful 11 stops include a Cornet and two divided reed regusters, so it is very versatile. Isoir's interpretive skills are undiminished as he explores music from all over Europe, the time-frame beginning with the Robertsbridge manuscript. From Sweelinck et al we move through the 'high Baroque' to two 20th century composers, Jehan Alain and Jacques Berthier. I rather liked the Magnificat on tone 1 by Titelouze, the five galliards by Frescobaldi and the beautifully-played Pavan by Nerman. Most of the earlier items can sound dull
on many organs, but, given a skilfully-restored old treasure played by someone of Isoir's callibre, they can really come to life, as this CD demonstates.
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Orgue français en Cotentin
Orgue français en Cotentin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christophe Simon (organ of Notre-Dame de Carentan)- French Baroque music, 17 Jun. 2014
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I bought this CD mainly because it was going secondhand and very cheap; it turned out to be a real bargain! Christophe Simone plays a restored (and reconstructed) 4-manual & pedal instrument well suited to the repertoire he covers. We hear a fine selection of movements by Marchand, Boyvin, Guilain and Grigny. Even though I already have recordings of all the pieces, I really welcome this disc as an overall survey of the French Baroque organ scene.

Simon's style reminds me very much of Andre Isoir. I alrady have Calliope's remastering of the latter's 'L'orgue francais au Grand Siecle', first issued on vinyl in 1971. It was fine for its time, but Simon's CD (recorded 1993) is far better in both recording quality and in the sound he is able to extract from his instrument. Simon's technique, too, is the equal of Isoir. i really appreciate the clarity which he was able to obtain in Marchand's Plein Jeu with its thiick texture, parts-crossing and double pedal. Equally, we hear a fine performance of Boyvin's 'Dialogue a quatre choeurs', rapid manual changes included. Simon's elegant finger-work can also be heard in Guilain's Basse de Trompete (3rd tone) which demands rapid left-hand leaps of up to a twelfth!

All in all, this disc is a fitting introduction to organ music of 'Le Grand Siecle'.


Historische Orgeln der Schweiz, 3
Historische Orgeln der Schweiz, 3
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4.0 out of 5 stars Albert Bolliger (organ at St Urban, Switzerland, 17 Jun. 2014
This CD is one of a eleven discs recorded by Boliger on historic organs in his native Switzerland. This particular recording is devoted to just one instrument built in 1721 by the Bossard family. It has 40 speaking stops over three manuals and pedal and interestigly contains several string-toned and undulating ranks. The case includes some of the facade pipes being displayed diagonally!

Bolliger's programme concentrates on the North German school (Pachelbel, Scheidemann etc) and some Italian composers (Pasquini, Rossi etc), but the big surprise is the inclusion of of three voluntaries from 18th century England (Handel, Stanley & anonymous). These provide the opportunity for showing off the Cornet and Trumpet (Posaune) stops. Bolliger displays his usual skill in keeping the listerner's attention for the whole programme. The usual well-illustrated booklet is provided, giving full details of the organ and the registrations used.


Organ Music from Ottobeuren
Organ Music from Ottobeuren
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Overduin (Trinity organ, Ottobeuren)- recital, 16 Jun. 2014
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Of the many Ottobeuren recordings made over the years, this is one of the most enjoyable. Although much of Jan Overduin's programme is 'off the beaten track', he holds the listener's attention from start to finish. In this first-rate performance he nakes wise use of the many tone colours available on this the larger of the two instruments located on each side of the choir.

The first part of this CD is devoted to the entire organ output of Georg Dietrich Leyding (1664-1710)- three praeludia plus a partita on 'Von Gott will ich nicht lassen' and a prelude on 'Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern'. The remaining tracks contain three concerto arrangements by JG Walther, one of the six sonatas by Franz Xaver Schitzner and a noel by Balbastre. This last item gives Overduin the opportunity to demonstrate the 'French' side of the organ and he does so with very good effect.

The recording engineers have managed to strike a good balance between the acoustics of the church and the need for clarity. The booklet- in 3 languages- includes the organ's specification and all the registrations selected.


Erfurt Europa Vol. 2 (Meinhold)
Erfurt Europa Vol. 2 (Meinhold)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wieland Meinhold (organ of St Michael's, Erfurt)- vol 2 (of 2), 13 Jun. 2014
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Like its companion CD, this is an excellent performance of music from all over Europr. Composers include Pachelbel, Bach, Kittel, Dandrieu and John Stanley. Meinhold uses some interesting registrations in order to get the best out of the modest tonal resources available to him. In the E minor voluntary by Stanley he synthesises a convicing Cornet and uses it for both right and left hand parts! Also of interest is the inclusion of three 'Arnstadt' chorales by JS Bach, illustrating the 'strange harmonies' which worried the church authorities of the time. The playing is stylish and rhythmic throughout and the recorded sound is very clear. The 8-page booklet is in German and English.


Organ Music On The Compenius Organ At Michaeliskirche Erfurt
Organ Music On The Compenius Organ At Michaeliskirche Erfurt
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wieland Meinhold (organ of St Michael's, Erfurt)- vol 1 (of2), 13 Jun. 2014
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Restored in 200, this organ was originally built in 1652 by Ludwig Compenius, presumably a descendant of the builder of the famous royal organ at Fredericksborg. The Erfurt instrument is quite modest in size- just 15 stops over two manuals and oedal. Nevertheless, it produces some very clear and pleasing sounds and under Dr Meinhold's command gives a good account of a wide range of 16th to 18th century music from all over Europe. On this first disc the composers include Pachelbel, Frescobaldi, Walther, Daquin and some of the keyboard dances from the collection of Jan de Lubli.The recital includes an interesting dialogue by Clerambault, presumably from one of his harpsichord suites. A familiar piece in A minor, once thought to be by JS Bach, is here firmly ascribed to his pupil JC Kittel. It occupies the penultimate track between Clerambault and Daquin. Perhaps it should have been placed last; its showy and firm character would have provided a fitting conclusion to this excellent recital. That is, however, a very minor reservation.

The booklet- in German and English- gives the organ's specification but only three brief paragraphs to a description of it and the music.


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