The Organ, Master of them all - general organ thread

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Quote from: Mandryka on January 24, 2024, 05:49:14 AMEnjoying Mikkelsen's Grigny mass this afternoon - partly because of the singing, which I remember not liking when it was released, but which now seems to work very nicely. I think I prefer Mikkelsen to Coudurier on the same organ - Coudurier grand and noble but somehow Mikkelsen seems to capture a bit of introspection, prayerfulness.

Mikkelsen recorded Grigny (for CDklassisk) on the Isnard organ, Saint Maximin, Provence. Coudurier recorded Grigny (for BNL) on the historic organ of Cintegabelle. So not the same organ.

But Pierre Bardon has recorded the Grigny Messe and Hymns (for Pierre Verany) on the Isnard organ and Isoir has recorded the Hymns on the Isnard organ (for Calliope). Coudurier has recorded some Marchand and Bach on the Isnard organ (for BNL).
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I picked this disc up as part of the Chandos Winter sale;

I'm a sucker for this kind of large-scale spectacular organ music.  Especially when presented on the mighty Willis organ in Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.  Yes of course the huge acoustic there blurs some orchestral detail and gives the Chandos engineers and producer a bit of a nightmre to create a coherent and well-balanced disc.  But the result is about as good as it could be - finding a good compromise between the space/instrument involved and the needs of domestic listening.  Of course Ian Tracey's playing is superb and the BBC PO are reliably skilled accompanists.  Great fun.