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    I can't believe everyone knows about the Messiaen! I was going to recommend it and look exceptionally cultured.
    "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." Friedrich Nietzsche

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    I absolutely love all the works by David Johnson. I have a two book set called "Deck Thyself ..." which I use often for service music in church.

    Have used this particular Trumpet Tune many times.

    And ... a little plug for our site owner is appropriate too. Check out the works composed/played by Frederik Magle. A very solid performer and composer - resides in Denmark; also a very dear friend of mine.
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    I start listening organ work only from last week, for the moment Poulenc organ concerto is my favorite. This morning have listen Widor organ symphony 3 and 6 and have appreciate a lot.

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    Do J.S.Bach's Toccatas count? I love them!

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    I just decided to listen to this


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    Some I really like:

    J.S. Bach - Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpZfvlWJbjg

    Messiaen - La Nativite du Seigneur
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tihi6rCYYvA

    Langlais - 24 Pieces
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPcG8EPmGvU

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanb View Post
    Anyone have any opinions on the organ works of Franz Schmidt? Haven't heard them yet.
    They are quite simply superb: Schmidt was one of the finest contrapuntalists in the late Romantic period and he learnt the organ well at a young age. A sample:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    I'm starting to explore Messiaen's Méditations sur le mystère de la sainte trinité - does anyone have any thoughts about the music, recorded performances etc?
    A total masterpiece in my opinion. The original recording by the composer himself (on Erato) is my favourite, but Latry's sounds pretty good:


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    One of my favourites since I first heard it many years ago is Max Reger's Phantasie und Fuge über den Choral 'Hallelujah! Gott zu loben' Op. 52 No. 3. Reger, although a Catholic by upbringing, had a deep affection and understanding of Lutheran chorales and developed many of them into wonderfully complex and elaborate musical structures, while still retaining their original deeply-felt spiritual and emotional weight. Reger isn't for everyone, as the complexity can to some ears be overdone. Take your time...


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    Another favorite, Buxtehude Ciaconna in C minor BuxW159:


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    John Stanley for me, mostly ignored by radio programmes and Youtube except fo the Trumpet Voluntary (Op.6 no.5) of which they only ever play the 2nd movement, here's the full 3 movements played on a 1764 Byfield organ



    He wrote a total of 30 voluntaries, and 12 Concertos for organ or Harpsichord Opus 2 and Opus 10.





    I expect many church organists will be familiar with more of his voluntaries. I was surprised that neither of the UK classical radio channels played played any John Stanley works on his 300th anniversary in January 2012
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    Silbermann!!!


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    what are your favorite pieces with chimes?

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