PipeChat Digest #3699 - Monday, May 26, 2003
 
Re: Tremont Temple Casavant
  by "Richard Schneider" <arpschneider@starband.net>
Felix Hell's 300th Recital - 3/21
  by "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net>
Re: Limericks
  by "John Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Tremont Temple Casavant From: "Richard Schneider" <arpschneider@starband.net> Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 22:36:10 -0500   David Baker wrote: > In response to the inquiry about Tremont Temple Baptist Church in > Boston, there is (or was) a huge Casavant installed there.   <snippage>   .. . . recently installed an Allen.   Does this mean the Casavant is gone? One gets that impression from the Allen read.   Faithfully,   G.A.   -- Richard Schneider, PRES/CEO Schneider Pipe Organs, Inc. 41-43 Johnston St./P.O. Box 137 Kenney, IL 61749-0137 (217) 944-2454 VOX (877) 944-2454 TOLL-FREE (217) 944-2527 FAX arpschneider@starband.net Home Office EMAIL arp@schneiderpipeorgans.com SHOP EMAIL http://www.schneiderpipeorgans.com URL ADDRESS    
(back) Subject: Felix Hell's 300th Recital - 3/21 From: "Malcolm Wechsler" <manderusa@earthlink.net> Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 02:28:40 -0400   Dear List Members,   It is with regret that I have to present to you a second-hand review of an event which I had great hopes of attending in person. Having said that, = the review I bring you is wonderful and paints a picture of a really great occasion. Imagine, the 300th recital by one who has been a kind of list mascot for some years, now, at 17, too old for the mascot role, but still very much a treasured performer to those of us who know him and have heard him. And imagine, 300 recitals, and none of them little events. He does = not spare the horses, playing recitals full of great, and often tremendously difficult, works, always pleasing his audiences. For this event, on May 21st, he chose to go home to Frankenthal in Germany, and I would have made the trip to help celebrate, had I not got tangled up in real estate complications. I could not be away. Hans Hell has very kindly sent me an excellent review by Lothar Messmer, a choirmaster and church musician for forty years, and also Senior Music Reviewer for the newspaper, Die Rheinpfalz for the last twenty years. Even more kindly did Hans send me = his translation from the German, which I have now translated from Hoch Hans = into the King's English   Malcolm Wechsler www.mander-organs.com   <<<<<<<<<<<< A Great Moment of Fascinating Organ Playing   Spontaneous Ovations for Felix Hell   Anniversary Concert of the young Organist-Phenomenon at St. Ludwig's = Church in Frankenthal.   What could it be that a reviewer could actually teach this very young and amiable organist-phenomenon? It is hard for a reviewer with musical experience to know what to say. Words fail, in trying desperately to say what over 500 completely spellbound listeners experienced on Wednesday evening at St. Ludwig's Church, certainly an unbeatable high point of the Frankenthaler Kulturtage 2003 [a month long program of artistic events]. = The experience of the virtuosity of Felix Hell, a native of Frankenthal, was really close-up, thanks to a two-camera projection, showing both hands and feet. It was a thrilling and exciting sensual experience for eye and ear, = of a selection of exquisite Organ music, musical fireworks kindled by transcendental virtuosity, breathtaking from the first to the last note. = For his 300th Organ concert, Felix Hell had brought with him, in terms of expressive works and those more introverted, a very finely balanced = program, going from the Baroque splendor of Johann Sebastian Bach to Romantic = French composers like Alexandre Guilmant, requiring pianistic virtuosity.   Natural musicality, stupendous technique, imaginative approach to registration, and strongly charismatic performances shaped the beginning works, the radiating and brilliantly shining festive music of Bach's = Prelude and Fugue in E flat major (BWV552), the unbelievably delicately celebrated "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" from Bach's Cantata 147, and the gripping = drive of Prelude and Fugue in D Major (BWV532). The finely honed Bach specialist Hell takes any technical hurdles with effortless ease, and does not permit himself even the tiniest of inaccuracies. He already possesses an = undeniable artistic authority. The intellectuality of his playing and his performance technique merge here in an impressive way.   Smooth was the transition to Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's Sonata No. 1 in = F Minor, opus 65, played with marvelous rubati and illuminated with colorful registrations. After the fantasy-like Adagio (Consolation) by Liszt, Hell threw himself into Liszt's technically and tonally difficult work, Prelude = & Fugue on B-A-C-H. With a nearly aggressive grip, an unbelievable variety = of registrations and rapid crescendi and diminuendi, he managed to keep the balance between the Romantic exuberance and the elegant virtuosic passages and trills, carrying away the audience with an idea that they were hearing = a copy of the great composer himself.   The second part of the program began with the Prelude and Fugue in B Major of the French master Marcel Dupre, a difficult and ingeniously constructed contrapuntal work, played with flowering solo registers enriched by chromatic harmonies and gripping pedal soli. The program ended with the three movement Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Opus 42, of Dupre's teacher, Felix Alexandre Guilmant. Admirably, here were, above all, the typically French color splendor, a discreteness between manual and pedal, sophisticated = arts of articulation and registration, and grandiosely developed crescendi.   Between these two pieces was Mendelssohn's well known and loved Andante Religioso from Sonata No. 4 in B Major, Opus 65. Then, a rare piece, the Toccata for Organ "Schlafes Bruder," a work of the Munich based professor for composition and music theory Enjott Schneider (b. 1950). This wild and demonic piece, with its crazy manual virtuosity and fast pedal triplets = that can hardly be mastered by anybody, revealed Felix Hell once more as an interpreter for whom there appear to exist no difficulties. Fortunately, this supertalent can count on the full support of his parents, and has = been the recipient of important scholarships, giving him more incentive and stimulus for further study. Spontaneous ovations from inspired listeners were honored with great bravado with the Final from the 1st Symphony of Louis Vierne, the blind composer and famous Parisian Organist.   Lothar Messmer in Die Rheinpfalz, Saturday, May 24, 2003.                
(back) Subject: Re: Limericks From: "John Foss" <harfo32@hotmail.com> Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 07:32:05 +0000   I have been having a bit of trouble with the Hotmail server recently - in = an effort to avoid African Scams and unrequested pornography I set my filter = to "exclusive" - but it seems to have been a little over enthusiastic. Though =   the scams and nubile virgins have disappeared, so have half my pipe chat messages. This may get through or not - but it was penned after a very = good dinner, washed down by some excellent Sauvignon the other night, inspired = by Colin's verset.   There was a young lady from Kent Whose knees ended up slightly bent Her problem it seemed Was the way that she dreamed Of the email message she sent.   Her chords were remarkably strong For one with pedals so long When she hit middle C What she heard was a B That had bumbled it=92s way through her song!   Jf www.johnfoss.gr   _________________________________________________________________ MSN 8 helps eliminate e-mail viruses. Get 2 months FREE*. http://join.msn.com/?page=3Dfeatures/virus