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Mid 1800 German Romantic Organs

Postby FJL » Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:22 pm

Strange question, perhaps, as mid-late 19th century German Romantic organs have not always been taken seriously (and some have been rebuilt to oblivion like the Boston Walcker), but is any of the vendors out there interested or planning on sampling a (preferably 3 manuals) mid-late 19th century (as opposed to later ones) German Romantic organ (Walcker, Ladegast, Sauer or the like) which would be appropriate for playing such works as Reubke's sonata or Liszt's more significant works? Perhaps these instruments are not commercially attractive enough but for the repertoire in question there really is no adequate alternative.
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Re: Mid 1800 German Romantic Organs

Postby B. Milan » Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:40 pm

Hello FJL,

You may like to visit http://www.hauptwerk.com/instruments/ and have a look at the list of available builders for Hauptwerk instruments. 2 of the 3 you mentioned below are available already for Hauptwerk and there are some other German romantic organs available as well.

I hope that helps.
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Re: Mid 1800 German Romantic Organs

Postby FJL » Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:57 pm

Hi. Thanks. The closest instrument available is Prof. Maier's Sauer. It looks and sounds great but it seems to represent a different tonal concept (and does not have a non-resultant 32' flue and, probably more importantly, a 32' reed). The only Walcker is unfortunately too small. I guess producing a sample of what I have in mind is difficult: not too many organs left, let alone unchanged, licenses are probably difficult to obtain and potential buyers may be too few (though Reger and Karg-Elert can be and are played on such or similar instruments). But still, one can hope. Thanks
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Re: Mid 1800 German Romantic Organs

Postby adri » Sun Dec 12, 2010 4:48 pm

You can find some of these kinds of better preserved German organs in.....................Holland.

E.g. Amsterdam (Sauer), Doesburg (Walcker), and we have our own German-type romantic builders like Witte, Maarschalkerweerd, Kam and others.

The very large Sauer in Berlin is also very nice.

Only one "little" problem: none of these available yet in HW sampled format.

Who knows when...........
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Re: Mid 1800 German Romantic Organs

Postby engrssc » Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:38 pm

adri wrote:Only one "little" problem: none of these available yet in HW sampled format.


Akin to looking in a toy store window as a kid. :wink:

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Re: Mid 1800 German Romantic Organs

Postby FJL » Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:47 pm

Akin to looking in a toy store window as a kid.

Probably so, yet there is quite a lot in the Hauptwerk store window but none of these. :(
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