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Pipes & Angels
Timothy Edward Smith Plays the 1912 Casavant 4m, St. Anthony's, New Bedford, Mass.
"Smith is thoroughly at home on this magnificent instrument . . ." The Tracker, Summer '08
by Pierre Paquin Date Added: Tuesday 13 November, 2007
As the usual recoding engineer for the concerts given in New Bedord's Saint Anthony of Padua Church, I must add a few comments about this great recording. Mr. Smith is a consumate organist, choosing music that best suits this glorious instrument. This very special organ - and I have recorded many over these past 40 years - has something truly special among the long line of pipe organs produced by Casavant. To me, this instrument is the closest you will ever get to the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint Sulpice without going to Paris to listen to it. The mid-reeds are powerful anf the bottom end is super-subwoofer, visceral bass and very appropriate considering the French ancestral heritage of this parish church. Truly spectacular on all fronts. Stereo microphone placement for this recording gives articulation as well and the breadth of the acoustics which are truly splended due to the near complete lack of flat reflective surfaces throughout. Even the floor is ever so slighly inclined. The overall result is a recording with a clean first reflection that carries itself down the main trancept of the church without distortion. It is a "must have" organ CD with music that is both eclectic and familiar and, above all very well played. Should Timothy edward Smith return to New Bedford I hope that I can have a crack at recording him at this great instrument.

Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]

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