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Jason Evans



Joined: 27 Feb 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 2:44 am    Post subject: Elgar Organ Sonata Reply with quote

I just posted this on The Organ Forum . Nothing yet, but perhaps some of you might have a comment or so? It is a "given" that we Brits like the piece, but I was curious what the Americans might say.

Quite frankly -and having studied the piece- I find it more challenging both technically and musically (well, aren't they really the same thing?) than the Reubke , which in any case yields itself easily to slow practise. The Elgar will fight you at every juncture. Genius triumphing over a wannabe Liszt. And yet the kenetic excitement of the Reubke cannot be denyed.
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lancecornea



Joined: 02 Apr 2006
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Location: Melbourne, Australia

PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somewhere else in this forum we were talking about Colston Hall, and I mentioned a recording I have of Simon Preston playing the Elgar Sonata on this fabulous instrument. In my view that was and still remains MY definitive recording. Anything by Elgar is perfect though. At my Dad's funeral 12 years ago, the coffin was carried out to Nimrod, which just made the day so special.

Lance
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