With all the forth coming HW2 sets I thought I would add a few to the list. We are pleased to have the first recorded Arp Schnitger virtual organ set for Hauptwerk 2. The fine and nearly all original organ of 1680 located in Cappel, Germany at the St. Peter and Paul church. The organ contains 30 stops over 2 manuals and pedal. All in all it is quite a versatile instrument with a wide variety of tonal resources. There is no mistaking the north German Baroque sound on this instrument.
Here is the stop list:
Hauptwerk: manual II, (CDE - c3), chest and keyboard by Schnitger
1. Principal 8' Schnitger, C-F# in facade of tin, rest on chest
(flat pipes are non-speaking)
2. Quintadena 16' pre-Schnitger, C-A and g#-c3 Schnitger
3. Holfloete 8' pre-Schnitger, C-b soldered Gedackt,
from c1 with chimneys
4. Octave 4' pre-Schnitger
5. Spitzfloete 4' Schnitger
6. Rauschpfeife II Schnitger
7. Nasat 2 2/3' pre-Schnitger, cylindrical, open
8. Gemshorn 2' pre-Schnitger, cylindrical, open
9. Mixtur V-VI Schnitger
10. Cimbel III Schnitger
11. Trompete 8' resonators and shallots pre-Schnitger,
the rest Schnitger
Rueckpositiv: Manual I (CDE - c3), chest, action, and keyboard by Schnitger
1. Principal 4' Schnitger, C-g# in facade, of tin, rest on chest
(flat pipes are non-speaking)
2. Gedackt 8' pre-Schnitger, hammered lead, soldered
3. Quintadena 8' Schnitger
4. Sesquialtera II Schnitger
5. Rohrfloete 4' Schnitger
6. Octave 4' Schnitger
7. Tertian II Schnitger
8. Siffloete 1 1/3' Schnitger
9. Scharf IV-VI Schnitger
10. Dulcian 16' Schnitger
Pedal (CD - d1), chest and action Schnitger, pedalboard by von Beckerath
(copy of Schnitger's at Steinkirchen).
1. Untersatz 16' pre-Schnitger, lead, soldered
2. Octave 8' pre-Schnitger
3. Octave 4' Schnitger
4. Nachthorn 2' Schnitger, open, cylindrical
5. Rauschpfeife II Schnitger
6. Mixtur IV-VI Schnitger
7. Posaune 16' Schnitger
8. Trompete 8' Schnitger
9 Cornet 2' partly Schnitger, partly von Beckerath
Originally the organ was situated in St. Johannis church in Hamburg and then placed into storage for many years. The church in Cappel decided to purchase the organ in 1816 to replace their old one. Many of the decorative statues found on the top of the organ had to be removed to fit the organ case in the space provided. The removed statues are now located above the altar at the front of the church!
Recorded back in 2003 this is technically the first Schnitger organ sampled! ;) For several reasons the project has been put off here and there and now has finally had the chance to come out and play!
We'll be working on getting it released in the very near future, most likely before Christmas. Here are some short demo clips which were recorded over a year ago in an early version of Hauptwerk 2. Note that the acoustics are quite short as the church is not a very large one. This means many things and number 1 means you do not need a workhorse PC to run the set. Number 2, the releases are quite fine with only one release recorded (again it was done back in '03 before anything was known about multiple releases). You will especially hear this in the G Major Fantasia clip with the fast running scales. Thus the entire organ will load easily wth the proper options in HW2 in under 2GB, perhaps under 1.5GB.
www.milanaudio.com/cappel-schnitger/G-M ... a-Clip.mp3
(short clip MIDI unknown)
www.milanaudio.com/cappel-schnitger/bac ... nata-6.mp3
(MIDI James Pressler)
Again, these were recorded a long time ago without any wind system settings. Of course once completed the organ will have a much more real sound.
Next up is the Hinsz/F.C. Schnitger organ of the Bovenkerk in Kampen, Netherlands.
This organ will be due out in '07. For further reading please visit:
With church acoustics up to 7 or 8 seconds this will be a project! The organ is quite glorious and has the warm beautiful sound associated with the early Dutch organ builders. More information later...
And last but certainly not least! The third project will be recordings from the Notre Dame de Metz in Metz, France of the Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll organ with 38 stops.
Another wonderful instrument sounding nearly as it did when it was re-built in 1903 by Charles Mutin and Cavaillé-Coll. Again, this will be due out in '07.
More information will be offered later for all instruments!