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    • Originally posted by Roger Rayner View Post
      Another organist who communicated joy and a wide repertoire was Marie-Claire Alain.
      All wonderful organists. I love this performance of Toccata and Fugue in F by Bach played by Marie-Claire Alain.

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      • My favourite organist is Gillian Weir. Like several lady organists, she has become an icon in our world of music. Most of our finest players nowadays seem to be specialists, and those who play a large repertoire spread over several centuries seem to be rare. (Or maybe I believe that because of my own rather narrow interests?) Gillian Weir has brought organ music to many people, and she is a wonderful communicator, and does so with such joy! To listen to her, you cannot believe the organ ever had anything to do with “increasing grief at funerals”!
        I heard Dame Gillian Weir in recital at an AGO event in Syracuse, NY back in the early 90's, playing the big Roosevelt-Schantz in the RC Cathedral. Her exact repertoire has faded from my memory, although I do recall that it spread over several styles and periods. The effect is what I remember - her playing on that organ was eloquent and stunning. She also gave a very lively master class in Crouse Auditorium that same week. She continues to be one of my favorite organists, although speaking of English female organists I also have come to appreciate Jane Watts. And, as for English organists in general, I wish I'd had the opportunity to hear Thalben-Ball live,

        Rick Dostie
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        • For me, Michael Murray was one of the greatest organists of all time........incredible depth of feeling and ability to probe the intent of the composer he is playing. And as far as I'm concerned, his Complete Masterworks of Franck are a glimpse into both Heaven and the depths of the human condition.

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          • Hi Dan. Probably Hector and his Titanic suite which we had the pleasure to see and hear although quite a number of the 70's names thankfully are still around which I also still like listening to and not to be forgotten.

            Lenny Dee is and always will be tops for me.
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            • To my ears NEIL LARSON is among the greats of all time . He has 7 or so solo albums out. Most of his material is 80's fusion .
              He has worked with many top artists and is also a multi-instrumentalist

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              • Originally posted by MikeDC View Post
                Stephen Tharp
                Olivier Latry
                Nathan Laube

                Other favorites:
                Christopher Houlihand
                Vincent Dubois
                Thierry Escaich (nobody else can play his music!)

                Some people can play the music of Thierry Escaich. Such as Vincent Dubois....

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                • I must confess to astonishment that this thread has been running for so many years and has reached not far short of 200 posts without a single mention of Kevin Bowyer. Apart from any other considerations, how many organists are there who have given the complete symphonies of Widor, ditto of Vierne and the complete organ works of Messiaen each as single programmes? If anyone has done any or even all those things, do they also have, as Kevin does, Xenakis and Ferneyhough in their repertoires as well as the complete organ works of J.S. Bach, to say nothing of the first two organ symphonies of Sorabji?

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                  • I'm surprised Klaus hasn't been mentioned

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                    • Originally posted by MrTechnics View Post
                      I'm surprised Klaus hasn't been mentioned
                      For the most part, this thread has been about classical organists rather than those in the theatre or electronics field. But there have been a few who have sneaked in from the 'dark side'. Heck, even I got a mention, though I'm not in the same league as the likes of Hector Olivera!

                      As for Herr W, you've just mentioned him! Yes, one of the 'kings' of the 'home' electronic organ. Distinctive sound and style, often imitated but seldom equalled, perhaps never in that particular style.
                      It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

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                      • I love the music and playing of Thierry Escaich....


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                        • There are so many but three stand out for me: Olivier Latry: simply a genius, David Briggs again a genius, especially at improvisation and lastly Ian Tracey of Liverpool for being not only a wonderful player but a truly lovely guy whose open door policy to playing the mighty Liverpool Anglican has enabled many to enjoy that wonderful organ while visiting the city. I rate Roger Sayer, now at Temple Church as being one of the most exciting and underrated performers out there too. Oh one other who I really think is special: Paul Jacobs: terrific player.

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                          • It seems each of us has his or her favorite pipe organist depending on the music, the style, the organ and upon popularity -or even looks. Right now I seen to be excited by the improvisations of Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin. She's a really happy little ball of amazing genius and seems to be able to handle even the San Sulpice organ. The main thing is I like organists who have lots of fun playing and performing. And I don't care whether they are famous or not. Remember, most pipe organists don't make much money at all, anyway.

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                            • Timmy, you might have forgotten Barbara Dennerheim. She's even played jazz on that Aeolian-Skinner behemoth at Riverside Church in NY and knocked 'em dead. Did you know that there is a CD of Fats Waller at the organ. Two engineers reworked a Wurlitzer to play his piano and organ rolls and its one of my favorite albums.

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                              • Michael Hey, Clara Gerdes, Claudia Dumschat, Balint Karosi, James Wetzel.
                                Organs I play regularly:
                                -Estey Opus 3103, II/8 (1938)
                                -Schantz Opus 2145/2224, IV/86 (1998-2002)

                                For a list of other organs I've played, see my bio.

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