If you have ever wondered how a musician controls the instrument as well as playing the notes then you will find the Regent Classic DVD of incredible interest and I guarantee that you will pick up hints on technique as well.
Below is a short video clip from the DVD and further down in this blog post you’ll also find a longer video of Joseph Nolan playing Louis Vierne’s Scherzo from Symphony No 6. Hopefully you will enjoy these videos and would like to watch more from this recording.
You can also read more about Joseph Nolan and watch him play the complete performance of Widors 5th Organ Symphony.
Joseph Nolan an Outstanding Organist
So engaging is the playing that we have focussed almost exclusively on the musician with very little filler images of the Abbey. I am biased as Joseph is a very good friend but I believe he is absolutely one of the finest organists in the world today. Ranking would be very subjective and we would never get consensus but for my money in the top 10 is a given. Do let me know what you think.
This is what Gramophone Magazine had to say about his recent Widor release ‘’amazingly precise fingerwork, total mastery of the score and utter authority’’
On the DVD you will see technique in detail, thumbing down in abundance on the Widor, finger substitution all over the place, and masterly legato technique in the amazingly difficult Reubke. The chromatic scales at speed in the Dance Macabre are just astonishing.
I hope you enjoy the excerpts shown with this blog and will be inspired by Joseph’s playing to work a little bit harder on your own practicing as he shows us just what is possible on the King of Instruments when you are in total control of the task at hand.
How to buy the DVD
It was a great privilege to be able to use Selby Abbey for this recording and you will find this DVD for sale in their shop if ever you visit or on their website . It can also be purchased direct from us at the cost of £15.00 plus postage. Give us a call on +44 (0)1869 323 3747 or email email@example.com.
I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of 12. I own and run Regent Classic Organs with a close attention to the detail that musicians appreciate; and a clear understanding of the benefits of digital technology and keeping to the traditional and emotional elements of organ playing.