Gwendolyn Toth

Gwendolyn Toth is the director of the New York City-based early music ensemble, ARTEK, and a soloist on early keyboards (organ, harpsichord, fortepiano). She is married to harpsichordist Dongsok Shin, and they have three children.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

More trains...

July 21, 2010

Today is another travel day – we take the Thalys train through Paris to Geneva, Switzerland. A long day of switching trains; Paris is just a half hour at the train terminal, no chance to see much and anyways we’re dragging too much luggage with us, even after leaving one suitcase in Holland. We arrive in Geneva late afternoon and find our hotel, after which we meet with my friend Fabrice, who takes us to see a historical copy Renaissance organ in a Geneva suburb. Interesting – split sharps & meantone, so one can really play all the Frescobaldi pieces. We also see another organ, managing to pull the stop we notice only too late the organist has said "ne toucher pas!" – disconnecting the tracker stop pull; after a few anxious moments, we manage to reconnect the tracker, breathe a sigh of relief, and decide we’ve seen enough! The temperature inside the small churches is sweltering – not much ventilation – so we call it a day & enjoy a lovely meal with Fabrice we feel we well deserved after a long day of travel. (Studiously avoiding even THINKING about the exchange rate with Swiss francs! Geneva makes NYC look like a real bargain.)

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