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Manum de Tabula



Joined: 27 Feb 2007
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 8:29 pm    Post subject: Tabernacle Organ Reply with quote

I just discovered that the Tabernacle (Salt Lake City, Utah) is being re-dedicated right now after 2-3 years of silence from the oragn. You can listen at http://www.classical89.org/streaming/Formats/kbyufm.asx Between the speakers you can hear the organ and the choir. The organ sounds better than ever in my opinion. What do you think?
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Jason Evans



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I couldn't open the link (perhaps because I use a Mac?), but I'm familiar with the sound of that organ. A friend of mine, Stateside, who has actually visited the venue and heard the organ, tells me that it's quite the glorious American Classic instrument. Yet he says the room tends to swallow the sound of the instrument, thus it doesn't have the "presence" one hears on a recording.

Typical of Aeolian-Skinners designed primarily to complement a non-liturgical service, it is not a particularly dramatic organ. The contemporaneous instillation at First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston seems to have a similiar sound. Certainly the very dead acoustic in "The Mother Church" doesn't help.

Turn to the Aeolian-Skinners at, say, Riverside, St. John the Divine or Grace Cathedral in San Francisco (which I have heard live) and you're dealing with instruments that will challenge anything in the UK. Full disclosure: all of these instruments have been considerably modified in recent years and St. John the Divine is currently offline.
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lancecornea



Joined: 02 Apr 2006
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Location: Melbourne, Australia

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got online OK with Mozilla but missed the program.
If you want a good selection of organs and choirs in USA. the Pro Organo catalogue is quite good. Riverside and St.John the Divine are both represented, as is the Mormon Tabernacle. Try this link www.zarex.com

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Manum de Tabula



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:40 pm    Post subject: Tabernacle Organ Reply with quote

Jason, what do you mean by dramatic? I've never considered any church organ dramatic as I would a theatre organ. I understand how the organist can play in a dramatic way but how is one organ more dramatic than another?
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