2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not romantic enough, 1 Jun. 2013
Very fluently played and interesting registrations. However, I do resent the lack of legato particularly in the Elgar For the fallen - for such a lovely piece with beautiful harmony it must be smooth and wonderfully romantic (let it melt into the acoustic). It shouldn't have a whiff of ghastly classical showing off with English repertoire. The organ also doesn't sound as good or romantic as, say, in the Sumsion Gloucester recording, particularly with the reeds - maybe the reed pressures are too low, since they sound cloudy and not french horn enough. English repertoire uust come first in England. Also, the flues are far more mellow and sympathetic on the old gloucester than on the westminster organ - it generally needs to be a more english romantic organ. Less continental classical rubbish and more 8 foot stops and less nazards.