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    THEBach legend must be Helmut Walcha, the blind organist from Leipzig. I've said that many times and over and over again people says: He is quite boring and oldfashioned.</P>


    But you can't get more clear and polyphonic Bach playing than with Walcha... </P>

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      "He is quite boring and oldfashioned."



      Name one person from that generation who isn't now considered
      old-fashioned. When he started out everyone was playing Bach like
      Straube or Schweitzer or Dupre. I think he can be boring
      sometimes and I don't like all the works played by him but he is still
      interesting today.

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          Let's not forget Chapuis also!</P>


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          Karl Richter was pretty impressive too.</P>


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              But some people consider Richter old-fashioned even though he was much
              younger. I would consider Chapuis and Alain in the next
              generation, considering they are still alive and playing (at Least
              Alain is) and Walcha died in the '70's.



              Marchal is a good exception but unfortunately very few of his
              recordings are available today- I have a recording of him playing
              Bach's Toccata, Adagio &amp; Fugue on a tiny organ way back in the
              30's. I've also heard Joseph Bonnet playing De Grigny, Marchand
              and Attaingnant in 1936 which still sounds pretty good by today's
              standards. I think they both used the same organ at the Salon
              Gouin.







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                  I've only come across two CDs, one is a 5 CD set from EMI called
                  "Orgues et Organistes..." and one of private recordings. I think
                  the Bach pieces are actually on both CDs. Even if there have been
                  CDs released of Marchal, Walcha now has 20+ widely available (2 Bach
                  sets) and the WTC and Goldberg Variations on harpsichord.



                  Any of Marchal at St. Eustache? I heard he could work wonders with that acoustic.

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                      Originally posted by danwebre View Post
                      But some people consider Richter old-fashioned even though he was much
                      younger. I would consider Chapuis and Alain in the next
                      generation, considering they are still alive and playing (at Least
                      Alain is) and Walcha died in the '70's.



                      Marchal is a good exception but unfortunately very few of his
                      recordings are available today- I have a recording of him playing
                      Bach's Toccata, Adagio &amp; Fugue on a tiny organ way back in the
                      30's. I've also heard Joseph Bonnet playing De Grigny, Marchand
                      and Attaingnant in 1936 which still sounds pretty good by today's
                      standards. I think they both used the same organ at the Salon
                      Gouin.
                      Walcha didn't pass away until 1991. He retired from teaching in the mid-70's, but didn't retire from his organist position until 1981. Great organist and pedagogue. In addition to Bach, his interpretations of Buxtehude's music was wonderful as well. What he accomplished being blind is more than most of us will ever accomplish on the organ. I get tired of people who say he was dull. He was not. He was also a brilliant improvisor and could improvise on any tune or musical subject.

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                        An old tread!!
                        Sometimes I listen to many recording of the same piece by using Spotify. If it is organ music and Bach, I am always surprised how good Helmuth Walcha is. Even if the technical recording quality are quite old, good for it's time, but not as good as today. Still H Walcha recording are very good. Yes, as an organist he is still one of the best.

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