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Dear Ladies and gentlemen,

 

Here is "Nimrod" played on the Lincoln's lied Schoenstein:

 

http://www.firstplymouth.org/mp3/organ_nimrod_elgar.mp3

 

 

And now the same on an old 1931 nail by Annessens (my god...Awful, isn't it?):

 

 

http://www.andriessenorgelbouw.be/audio/ISM-ElgarNimrod.mp3

 

Strange, isn't it?

 

The one was paid millions for, while the second escaped.....Euh, something that

sometimes still happens!

 

Best wishes,

Pierre

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Dear Ladies and gentlemen,

 

Here is "Nimrod" played on the Lincoln's lied Schoenstein:

 

http://www.firstplymouth.org/mp3/organ_nimrod_elgar.mp3

And now the same on an old 1931 nail by Annessens (my god...Awful, isn't it?):

http://www.andriessenorgelbouw.be/audio/ISM-ElgarNimrod.mp3

 

Strange, isn't it?

 

The one was paid millions for, while the second escaped.....Euh, something that

sometimes still happens!

 

Best wishes,

Pierre

 

 

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What a very poignant reminder of just what was lost from the area in which I live, where there were two Annessens organs until realtively recent times; the larger of which was opened by Lemmens.

 

It's worse than this however, for whilt the organ which replaced the larger of the two Annessens is a superb organ basically (with a few breathing/action problems), it also utilises a few pipes from the original Annessens as well as the superb 16ft casework.

 

Due to lack of support for the church, this organ is under threat, and yet it is just as important as the Annessens it replaced, being possibly the only surviving organ by Booth of Otley (not to be confused with other builders named Booth). Booth of Otley was known to have been inspired by Schulze, and the organ came out of a redundant chapel, to be re-installed at St.Mary's RC Church, Bradford, West Yorkshire.

 

I also used to tune and try to maintain a nightmare of an Annessens, with pneumatic action, which once graced, I think, Barrowford Congreational Church in Lancashire; replete with the chroma-key stops in pink, and other pretty colours.

 

The problem always seems to be very soft pipework with Annessens organs, plus the complexity and fragility of the pneumatics.

 

I met up with Nick Bennett over the weekend, and he told me that when pipes were being taken back, (held horizontally) into the organ at Bridlington Priory (originally Annessens), some of the pipes were actually bending under their own weight, thus necessitating re-straightening of the pipes.

 

All that apart, Annessens produced fine sounding instruments.

 

 

MM

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Indeed, MM,

 

The Anneessens you heard here is 100% pneumatic, (Ieper Cathedral)

and its pipes are intact because the basses are zinc.

As Jack Bethards says today, you won't build an organ

like that with thin pipes. They need to be thick -that is true

with Skinner too-.

But who says thick pipes says much lead -Waow, we shall get

some problems- and so stability problems.

The zinc adressed the problem, while reducing the weight too.

 

In the archives of the belgian builder Delmotte, you find many

proposals for zinc for the basses of the deeper stops. Often,

the organ was not build with zinc but spotted instead "because

we do not want to be sold poor materials" (by the way this shows

the preconceptions are by no way something new); these are today

like spaghettis, while organs build with zinc are still there...

 

Besides the sheer resemblance between these two organs above

(the acoustics must be about 80% of the differencies), which are

both first-class, this illustrates how fashions are destructive.

There may be other organs than Anneessens's at risk to be

scraped just some years before they would be appreciated again.

 

Best wishes,

Pierre

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Have a look here:

 

http://www.orgelsite.nl/ieper.htm

 

Towards the bottom of the page you have a link to "Ludo's Website",

an organist who is a fan of this organ and teaches upon it.

 

On this page you will find a second MP3, "Imperial march" from Elgar,

and some pictures you can enlarge at the bottom of the page:

 

http://www.andriessenorgelbouw.be/fr/ISM-info.html

 

Andriessen is the successor to the Anneessens. The firm specializes

with romantic organs and is located in the very Aneessens premises.

 

Best wishes,

pierre

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Now if you go to Belgium there is even better in that

late-romantic style.

The very best belgian builder from the "Post-romantic" period

was Jean-Emile Kerkhoff.

His organ at the College St-Michel Etterbeek/Brussels is for me

what Neuenfelde or Alkmaar is for others.

 

http://www.catho.be/ftp/bxl/bx/sites/ecsm/festival.html

 

Click on the right on "CD 100" to see a larger picture.

Halas the music shows not many of the organ, it's 90% trumpet...

Pierre

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Now if you go to Belgium there is even better in that

late-romantic style.

The very best belgian builder from the "Post-romantic" period

was Jean-Emile Kerkhoff.

His organ at the College St-Michel Etterbeek/Brussels is for me

what Neuenfelde or Alkmaar is for others.

 

http://www.catho.be/ftp/bxl/bx/sites/ecsm/festival.html

 

Click on the right on "CD 100" to see a larger picture.

Halas the music shows not many of the organ, it's 90% trumpet...

Pierre

 

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I think this is the correct link Pierre:-

 

http://www.catho.be/ftp/bxl/bx/sites/ecsm/

 

The link on CD100 is there.

 

MM

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