MusingMuso Posted July 8, 2010 Share Posted July 8, 2010 I was checking out the Reil (NL) organ-building site on the web and stumbled across some very significant news. It seems that after a very long delay, countless arguments and an empty organ case, the famous (largely) Schnitger organ is to be restored by Reil in 2010.....work may have commenced already. This is exciting news, because this organ was truly one of the finest sounds in the world even in an unrestored state, as a CD recording of the organ amply demonstrates. It is a CD I absolutely treausre, with the Aa-kerk organ being the final "piece de resistance." Not only that, the organ case and the acoustic of this strangely square building, (in what seems like two sections), are quite wonderful. I have been into the church and seen the empty case, but the organ has been silent for many years; the pipework removed to safe keeping. Of course, there is an intersting and chequered history to the Groningen churches, in that the sub-soil is anything but stable. I would have to go back to my notes, but I seem to recall all sorts of problems, with church-towers collapsing, at least one organ being destroyed and, if memory serves me right, the very rapid removal of the Aa-kerk organ when the tower shifted and seemed on the point of collapse. The following is the link to the Reil web-site, which shows a photograph of the Aa-kerk organ-case and the disposition of the instrument:- http://www.reil.nl/pagina/nieuws/95/nl/ When the work is completed, I think it would be fair to say that no other town will have a greater concentration of Schnitger's work, as well as organs by other notable builders. MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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