David Drinkell Posted May 14, 2012 Share Posted May 14, 2012 I noticed in a recent number of 'Choir and Organ' that Skrabl has built a new organ for the cathedral at Bruges. When I played in a concert there in 2007, the organ was a competent example of a European maid-of-all-work in a fabulous early 18th century case on the west wall, controlled from a detached stop-tab console on the gallery beneath. An old copy of 'The Organ' has an article by Freeman showing this case on the screen at the crossing, but things have been re-ordered since. The Skrabl organ looks to be in a transept, minimal casework (not unlike what you see in a Pearson church) and detached, mobile horse-shoe console. It seems like a similar sort of instrument to that which was there before. Has the west end organ been replaced with something more in keeping with the case, maybe with tracker action? The cathedral maintained a wide-ranging series of organ concerts - two organs of different types would be very handy! I also notice that Rieger has restored the big 1945 Jorgenson at Alesund in Norway, putting on a fifth manual in the process. I've always found Jorgensons to be rather gormless - this one wasn't a patch on the Steinmeyer at Trondhjem, even given the mangling that the latter had suffered - but my experience is probably not wide enough for me to venture a valid opinion. (The Marcussen in the Borgundkyrkje in Alesund is a stunner, though!). Can anyone furnish enlightenment on either of these? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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