QUOTE(baiba @ Sep 26 2010, 12:41 PM)
QUOTE(clavicembalo @ Sep 26 2010, 11:09 AM)
I have been listening to organist David Briggs' arrangement for solo organ of the Finale
from Saint-Saens 'Organ' Symphony No.3, recorded in Gloucester Cathedral.
Me too - I've been listening to the famous Grand Finale of the Saint Saens Organ Symphony - oh the BRASS - amazing - have you heard it live? Its a must for any die hard surround-sound brass junkie!
I have heard it twice live, once here in Cheltenham Town Hall and once in the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea, during my student years.
The year I moved to Cheltenham I attended the Three Choirs Festival, held that year in Gloucester. There was a concert of organ and brass in the cathedral, Cloudcatcher Fells
was on the programme, but the main event, as it were, was the Fenlands Suite
for Brass & Organ by Arthur Wills. Arriving a little early, the gathering audience was kept waiting outside, whilst some last-minute rehearsal was taking place. We could feel the ground reverberating!
In the concert itself, the sheer volume of sound created by the brass rendered the organ to sound like a portable keyboard! 'Thrilling' isn't sufficient to express the visceral reaction to the sound in such an acoustic.