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I am soon to be in France for two weeks holiday 'en famille' - firstly about an hour south of Bordeaux then in the Blois area of the Loire region. Can anyone suggest one or two good organs to visit? (We have daughters aged 5 and 6 so anything lengthy could be a problem - likewise my wife is usually happy to participate in such ventures but not over much so!)

Cheers

AJJ

 

Ps We are going by car so are driving down from the northern ferries etc.

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I am soon to be in France for two weeks holiday 'en famille' - firstly about an hour south of Bordeaux then in the Blois area of the Loire region. Can anyone suggest one or two good organs to visit? (We have daughters aged 5 and 6 so anything lengthy could be a problem - likewise my wife is usually happy to participate in such ventures but not over much so!)

Cheers

AJJ

 

Ps We are going by car so are driving down from the northern ferries etc.

 

There are interesting organs in Bordeaux, and of course at Poitiers -but the Loire area is a vast one!-

 

Here is a very interesting one in Bordeaux (far more than the Cathedral's):

http://www.france-orgue.fr/bordeaux/

 

As for Poitiers:

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/organ-au-logis/Pag...oitiersCath.htm

Pierre

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I am soon to be in France for two weeks holiday 'en famille' - firstly about an hour south of Bordeaux then in the Blois area of the Loire region. Can anyone suggest one or two good organs to visit? (We have daughters aged 5 and 6 so anything lengthy could be a problem - likewise my wife is usually happy to participate in such ventures but not over much so!)

Cheers

AJJ

 

Ps We are going by car so are driving down from the northern ferries etc.

 

As Pierre told you, Bordeaux / Ste Croix is fantastic (initially built by dom Bédos, restored by P. Quoirin), and one of the greatest monuments of the french classical organs. The cathedral in Bordeaux is very standardised.

 

Try also the Cathedral in Blois, a Merklin (3 decker) recently restored, probably very interesting.

 

Driving down : Rouen, St Ouen is for me the top masterpiece of Cavaillé Coll, although a one-off in his production. This organ is really very unique.

 

Nice holidays !

 

PF Baron

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As Pierre told you, Bordeaux / Ste Croix is fantastic (initially built by dom Bédos, restored by P. Quoirin), and one of the greatest monuments of the french classical organs. The cathedral in Bordeaux is very standardised.

 

Try also the Cathedral in Blois, a Merklin (3 decker) recently restored, probably very interesting.

 

Driving down : Rouen, St Ouen is for me the top masterpiece of Cavaillé Coll, although a one-off in his production. This organ is really very unique.

 

Nice holidays !

 

PF Baron

 

These sound great - thanks!

AJJ

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There are interesting organs in Bordeaux, and of course at Poitiers -but the Loire area is a vast one!-

 

Here is a very interesting one in Bordeaux (far more than the Cathedral's):

http://www.france-orgue.fr/bordeaux/

 

As for Poitiers:

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/organ-au-logis/Pag...oitiersCath.htm

Pierre

 

Thanks for these - they both look rather exciting!

AJJ

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I am soon to be in France for two weeks holiday 'en famille' - firstly about an hour south of Bordeaux then in the Blois area of the Loire region. Can anyone suggest one or two good organs to visit? (We have daughters aged 5 and 6 so anything lengthy could be a problem - likewise my wife is usually happy to participate in such ventures but not over much so!)

Cheers

AJJ

 

Ps We are going by car so are driving down from the northern ferries etc.

 

 

Hello everybody, I'm a new logged forumist of France. To beginn I scuse me for my very bad english, but I can't speak better french... or german... Don't fight on my head please... :unsure:

 

Sad you can't go in north-est of France (Lorraine). You could see very particular organs between Cavaillé-Coll and Walcker. The most importants organbuilders of the 19th century in these country are Dalstein&Haerpfer, Bartholomaei-Blési, Sauvage...

 

You can see my Bartholomaei-Blési organ HERE.

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Back now (alas!) but I saw a few nice instruments - St Sever (Landes region - SW France)) has an interesting CC not long restored in its west gallery and Bourges Cathedral was celebrating 25 years since the organ was rebuilt/restored. Superb case and from what I heard some nice sounds too - much old pipework. I also had a brief encounter with a rather strange looking little machine in a church in Ambroise and saw the new machine in Evreux Cathedral with its drum shaped case. Also - heard the organ in Boulogne Cathedral with its rather minimalist case.

Thanks for all the suggestions

AJJ

 

Have a look at Evreux.

 

http://orgues.evreux.free.fr/anglais/page-...eil-english.htm

 

St Sever

 

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/adora.orgue/stsever.htm

 

and Bourges

 

http://www.kernpipeorgan.com/francais/bourges2.htm

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