DaveHarries Posted April 2, 2007 Share Posted April 2, 2007 Hi all, I have no doubt that the Italians try and look after the organs in their churches - especially the much older ones - the best they can. So on a recent visit to Rome I looked into the Basilica of S. Maria sopra Minerva. The camera shots didn't come out 100% perfect, especially the shot of the right-hand case when I tried to photo the organ. Anyway, here was the result: Basilica di S. Maria sopra Minerva, Rome Organ by Ennio Bonifazi, 1630, commissioned by Cardinal S. Borghese Photo above: Left-hand case, in very good condition. Photo below: Right-hand case, in bad good condition. Whilst the left-hand case is in good condition, the right-hand case (bottom photo) is not: - there are two pipes missing from the left-hand part of the case - the large pipe in the centre of the middle part of the case is bent - there are also two pipes missing from the right-hand part of the case In fact, from what I could see, the right-hand case appeared to be devoid of any interior pipework at all but I might be wrong. Anyway, I purchased a CD of the organ from this church (includes music by Widor, Liszt, Capocci, Bellini and Franck. Cost: 13.00 Euros) and the organ sounds fantastic. However, I have to say that it is a pity that the right-hand case in the bottom photo is in such bad condition and I hope they will restore it sometime in the future although I am not aware of any plans to do so. I shouldn't think there are too many (if any) more organs in Rome - or in Italy - as a whole that are in a similar condition to that right-hand case at S. Maria. I could be wrong there, but I hope I am not. If you get the chance to visit the church - which is not far from the Pantheon, about 5 minutes walk I think - then do so. The church is splendid and the CD comes recommended. But I would have thought that the right-hand case at S. Maria would have been slightly better maintained and in better condition. Regards, Dave Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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