Graham Blyth plays the Veritas Opus 1
in Church of the Ascension, Buffalo, NY
The Sanctuary of Church of the Ascension, Buffalo, NY,
is about 120 ft. long, 45 ft, wide and 50 ft. high, with no supporting
pillars except under the West Gallery. This is where the Veritas Organ
is installed, its 28 independent audio channels spread across a width
of 32 ft. The recording was made using two omni-directional microphones
spaced some 15 ft. apart, placed about 80ft from the Gallery front rail.
Opus 1 Audio Downloads
Graham Blyth plays two Veritas Organs:
Opus 2, First United Methodist Church, Lompoc, CA
& Challow Park Recital Hall, Oxfordshire, England
First United Methodist Church, Lompoc, CA, is a substantial
‘A’ frame building, seating about 450 people. The floors
are carpeted, the pews have cushions and the large area of internal
ceiling is of wooden construction, with a natural finish. It is therefore
typical of American churches built in the second half of the 20th century
and has an acoustic with plentiful early reflections but not much “tail”,
great for speech, but challenging for the organ. The tonal concept of
the Veritas organ is essentially “American Classic,” but
brought into the 21st century, an eclectic instrument that fulfils all
the diverse requirements of today’s liturgy while also being a
thrilling concert organ. Following the lengthy tonal finishing process,
Veritas Opus 2 speaks into the building with power and authority. The
program on this CD demonstrates the tremendous emotional range of this
instrument: the glory of the Tutti, the richness of the Plein Jeux,
the warmth of the foundations and the huge palette of soft sounds.
The Challow Park Recital Hall is a purpose built Music
Room, 38 ft. long, 27 ft. wide and 16 ft. high. It is fairly unique
in that it has a completely variable acoustic, anything from a room
suitable for intimate chamber music to a large cathedral. This is achieved
by means of the LARES system by Lexicon Inc, which may also be found
in places as diverse as the Berlin Opera and Central Synagogue, NYC.
The organ is a substantial 4 manual instrument. Apart from its role
as a recital instrument, it is used to develop and evaluate tonal design
concepts for all sizes of organs.
Opus 2 Audio Downloads(Click
About Graham Blyth
Graham Blyth is President and Tonal Director of the
Veritas Organ Company and studied organ with Robert Munns and piano
with Sulemita Aronowsky. He is well known in professional audio circles
as one of the founders of Soundcraft, the leading manufacturer of audio
mixing consoles, and brings this experience to bear when designing the
sophisticated audio systems used by Veritas organs.
As an organ recitalist, Graham has played some of the
finest organs in Europe and America, notably the Madeleine in Paris,
the Liebfrauen Dom in Munich, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and St.
Thomas 5th Ave in New York. He is a strong proponent of the synthesis
approach to digital organ design and one of the leading exponents of
the art of voicing organs using such systems, with over 20 years experience.