This is lovely. It is going into my collection. I think that your overall articulation is sharper than in the recent Frescobaldi and it is bringing out the syncopations wonderfully. Your registrations are great also -- I wish I had an organ with that type of clarity of sound.
Thank you Scott, that sounds encouraging
Our church organ is one of those "theater organs" that Moller built too many of in the early part of the 20th cent. They renamed the stops (regardless of the rank of pipes involved) and pushed them off on small churches in the USofA. Fortunately, a rebuild in the '60s did away with some of the extreme unification, but I have no mixture (or solo/chorus reed). The only way that I can get brilliance on the great is with a 2' Fifteenth that resonates with the sanctuary on high G and Ab and will blow out your eardrum!! Needless to say, I'm jealous.
And that is the main reason that I mostly play piano at church, why work hard at getting everything coordinated and articulated well and still sound bad (I can do that without any help, thank you)!!!
That does not sound like an organ that you want to play Baroque on - or anything else. Yes I guess I'm lucky with this one. I gripe about it not having enough stops, especially the pedal which only has the 16ft Bourdon which is always drawn, but what it does, it does really well, especially since the revision. I still have to stuff something in my ears when recording with the mixture, for fear of damage, but it sounds great on a recording.
The only thing to me that you might explore is that a few times, particularly as a section draws near a cadence, the dissonances could be held just a fraction longer before the resolution -- tantalize us in those lovely dissonances.
That is exactly what my teacher always said. Sometimes Bach writes a grinding dissonance and you want to make the most of those. I was not aware there were any such instances here though. And it might be difficult for me anyway because I'm so conditioned now in playing detached. I really don't like legato organ playing anymore (and for that reason will probably never touch the French romantics).
Ahahaaa, now that
must be avoided at all cost