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Title : Widor Toccata at Cathedral Basilica in Newark
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I love this magnificent instrument! The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a wonderfully complimentary acoustical environment for the organ. Listen to those awesome pedal pipes speaking from their towers at the back of the nave. WOW!
It reminds me quite a bit of some of those churches in Paris.
Mr. Hohman plays the new 4 manual console near the front altar. The organ is the masterpiece of the Schantz Organ company. It has 50 ranks, or sets of pipes near the altar and 100 ranks near the back of the cathedral. Two organs really. Both playable from consoles in the front and back of the building. The building itself has some of the most impressive carved marble inside, and stained glass of any church in America.
Truly a masterpiece of technical prowess, musicality and artistry. It is a rare pleasure to hear this so well played on such a great instrument. A huge compliment to the organist, the composer and the organ builder. The 32 foot pipes are very demanding on the organ's wind reserves, so big up to the organ builder -- this beautiful instrument kept up flawlessly. The 32 foot pipes also take time to sound given the amount of air required. The timing and clarity of the notes and in particular the pedals are testament to the organist’s and the organ builder’s skills. This is the first time I've heard this piece played at the correct tempo. Diane Bish plays it way too fast! This rendition brought a tear to my eye -- sheer majesty. The pedals need time for their sheer majesty.
This is truly an amazing performance. Wonderfully played...and all from memory! Bravo good sir! I first heard this piece when I was about 11 yrs old played by Simon Preston for the Royal wedding of one of the Princesses way back in 1960. It has been my favourite piece since then and I'm now 66! All I can play of this is a few of the opening chords....lol
Absolutely stunning! I agree with Thomas (below)... best version of this I've ever heard, not just on YouTube, but anywhere. Your playing is brilliant. To finally hear this piece played at a tempo that makes sense considering the acoustics and articulation (and honoring the composer's wish) is SO musical and SO refreshing. I would love to hear you play a full recital someday, Mr. Hohman. You are a magnificent musician. Thank you.
This is fantastic! Registration, tempo and clarity are all excellent. Another big difference compared to other recordings is his smooth transition from one major section to another and when changing stops. In some recordings the organist either slows down or takes a momentary break between sections.