PipeChat Digest #1123 - Thursday, October 21, 1999
Re: Pipes v electric.
  by "John  M. Doney" <jdoney@email.msn.com>
Re: Organ Transcriptions
  by "Stanley Lowkis" <nstarfil@MediaOne.net>
Re: Transcription Performers
  by "Jack Williams" <jackwilliams_1999@yahoo.com>
Re: Transcription Performers
  by "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com>

(back) Subject: Re: Pipes v electric. From: "John M. Doney" <jdoney@email.msn.com> Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 22:30:52 -0000   Around here there have been some good results with a good electronic manufacturer providing a new console and adding digital ranks. With even half a dozen digital stops and speakers put in good places, the whole = thing might work out well. I think it would solve the problem of keeping = everyone together since everyone would hear the organ at the same time, but would = not take away from the pipe sounds you already have. As I say, I have seen it done down here in Florida, and quite successfully, too. JOHN        
(back) Subject: Re: Organ Transcriptions From: Stanley Lowkis <nstarfil@MediaOne.net> Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 22:37:00 -0400       VEAGUE wrote: > > Theatre organ is a natural for transcriptions. With its' orchestral > possibilities, and in the right hands -Reginald Foort and Jesse Crawford = to > name a few. Several other TO'ists have transcribed pieces to theatrical > success. > Rapid stop changes and orchestral tone coloring bring the symphony to = the > console.   I agree. In fact there is a thread at present on PIPORG-L discussing organists and orchestral organs that are keeping this art alive. The big organs such as at Longwood Gardens or the giant at Wanamakers are an interesting crossover from theatre organs to classic organs.   On the theatre organ, the Tom Hazleton "Pictures At An Exhibition" recorded at Sanfilippo's on the "Pipe Organ Extravaganza 3" set is one of the very best performances that I have ever heard on ANY organ!   I would love to hear an CD recorded on the renovated Radio City Music Hall 2 4/58 featuring transcriptions utilizing two organists on the twin consoles.   ....Well, now you know what I want for Christmas! :)   Stan Lowkis  
(back) Subject: Re: Transcription Performers From: Jack Williams <jackwilliams_1999@yahoo.com> Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 22:45:37 -0700 (PDT)   You should have heard Alexander Frey perform the transcription of the complete Mahler 5th Symphony in Grace Cathedral here in San Francisco in September. It was a true "orchestral" performance. He regidtered it to the hilt and played it beautifully. He is in his mis-30's. Also, Peter David Conte, whom I have not yet heard, is also supposed to be a great transcription player.   --- Robert Horton <GEMSHORN@UKANS.EDU> wrote: > >Very good historical perspective, Robert. Though, I > >have heard performances of Lemare's transcriptions > of > >some of the Wagner overtures. > I hope you have the opportunity to hear more than > his > Wagner...particularly the work he did with the > lighter fare from Italian > opera, and even his work with Tchaikovsky. > > >Who do you all think > >are some of the great transcription performers of > our > >time? > Tough to say...the art of the transcription came > under heavy fire > during the American organ reform movement and has > yet to recover. As it > stands nowadays, organists are still living under a > self-imposed moratorium > on transcribing--students just aren't encouraged to > try it out, and are > often even actively *discouraged*...Further, modern > technique has really > slumped in regards to registration--Few folks > nowadays have the ears, the > sense of color, or the registrational technique > necessary to pull off a > transcription. > Nonetheless, things are starting to change bit by > bit. Two artists > I would start with are Thomas Trotter over in > Birmingham, and Thomas Murray > at Yale University. Both have the chops, the color > sensibilities, and the > instruments (Woolsey, and Birmingham) needed to pull > off a good orchestral > rendition. > Finally, the current generation of young organists > (myself > included) seems more interested in transcribing--as > evidenced by many > concert programmes publishes in TAO. Give it > another decade or so, and I > think we'll see some real hummers! > > Robert Horton - GTA, University of Kansas > http://falcon.cc.ukans.edu/~gemshorn/ > > "...an A&E mind in an MTV world." > > > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital > organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org > >     =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D   __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Bid and sell for free at http://auctions.yahoo.com  
(back) Subject: Re: Transcription Performers From: Noel Stoutenburg <mjolnir@ticnet.com> Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 03:07:11 -0500   Jack Williams wrote:   > Dear List, > > Let's open this new thread of discussion: Who do you > think are the great transcription performers and why.   Tuesday Night, September 19, as part of its Concert Series, Church of the Incarnation presented Roberto Bertero, organist from St. Rita's Basilica, Turin Italy, and the Sanctuary of the Consoled in the same city. Roberto, a graduate of the Verdi Conservatory in Turin, studied with Michael Radelescu, And Jean Guillou.   In his concert on Tuesday night, he played his own transcription of Tschaikowsky's Fantasie/Impromptu, "Romeo and Juliet"; on his CD, recorded on the Spaeth organ at the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul, Zurich, entitled "De Venise a New York", released on the "BNL" label as their number 112892, he has included three other transcriptions:   Barber's "Adagio",   Saint-Saens "Danse Macabre, Op 40", and   Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"