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Goerlitz (Görlitz), Sonnenorgel [Back to Library]


Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Builder: Casparini
Country: Germany
Style: Baroque Organs
Manuals: 3
Requirements:
Pulled from producer site.
May not be 100% accurate.

VersionDescriptionBit RateCompressionLoopedChannelsAcousticsRAM Required
1 Full Variant - Surround RAM consumption: 6-channel surround, default loading options, memory compression on. 16 Yes Multiple 6 Wet 40 GB or Less
2 Same as above 20 Yes Multiple 6 Wet 77 GB or Less
3 Same as above 24 Yes Multiple 6 Wet 85 GB or Less
4 Full Variant - Surround RAM consumption: 6-channel surround, the front-direct ranks loaded with truncated releases (simulated dry, long decay 250ms). The front-diffuse and the rear ranks loaded with n 16 Yes Multiple 6 Wet 34 GB or Less
5 Same as above 20 Yes Multiple 6 Wet 64 GB or Less
6 Full Variant - RAM consumption: 2-channel wet, the front-diffuse samples loaded, all other ranks disabled. 16 Yes Multiple 2 Wet 14 GB or Less
7 Same as above 20 Yes Multiple 2 Wet 24 GB or Less
8 Medium Variant - Surround 6-channel surround, default loading options, memory compression on 16 No Multiple 6 Wet 28 GB or Less
9 Same as above 20 No Multiple 6 Wet 50 GB or Less
10 Medium Variant - 6-channel surround, the front-direct ranks loaded with truncated releases (simulated dry, long decay 250ms). The front-diffuse and the rear ranks loaded with normal full releases. Thi 16 Yes Multiple 6 Wet 24 GB or Less
11 Same as above 20 Yes Multiple 6 Wet 40 GB or Less
12 Small Variant - 6-channel surround, default loading options, memory compression on 16 Yes Multiple 6 Wet 16 GB or Less
13 Same as above 16 Yes Multiple 6 Wet 30 GB or Less
Date Built: 1709
Date Released: 2015
Commercial License: No
Price Range:
(Starting Around)
$$
Description: The church of St. Peter and Paul in Görlitz was founded in the 13th century and it attained its present shape in 1497. The central nave is flanked by four aisles, forming a huge and highly reverberant space. In 1691 it was reconstructed after a fire, and consequently it was given a new organ, finished in 1703 by Eugenio Casparini (1623-1706) and his son.

The organ had 57 stops on 3 manuals and it was among the largest instruments in Silesia. The organ case was designed by the architect Johann Conrad Büchau. The special feature of this facade is the implementation of 17 golden suns, which also sounded as a pedal cornet-mixtur of 12 ranks. These suns have given name to the instrument: Sun-organ = Sonnenorgel. The pedal mixture "Sonnenmixtur" had also a trumpet rank included. These reed pipes were spread all over the case held in the hands of the angels!

Although the organ was very famous, Johann Sebastian Bach complained about the tough tracker touch. When playing it, he said that this organ required a the strength of a horse to press the keys.

Besides the organ case, only the Cypress-wood pipes of Onda maris have survived from the Casparini organ until the present. In 1894, the company Schlag and Sons rebuilt the instrument. Later in 1928, the company Sauer installed an electo-pneumatic organ into the historical case. The Sauer organ had 89 stops on 4 manuals and pedal.

The interior of the church was restored between 1980-1992 and there were plans to build a new organ into the historical case. The specification of the new instrument could not follow Casparini´s organ (since none of his instruments exists unaltered). Furthermore, the Sauer organ was not suitable for restoration, being only partially preserved after World War II. The expert committee decided to build an instrument inspired by the Casparini´s baroque concept, but enlarged by a swell manual allowing to also perform later organ music. The work was entrusted to the Swiss company Mathis Orgelbau.

In 1997, the first part of the instrument was inaugurated: the 3 manuals (HW, OW, BW), and the pedal. The construction of the swell division was postponed, and was completed in 2006. The clever voicing of the instrument and its large, rich specification makes the organ universally suitable for almost every kind of organ music. The organ has 87 speaking stops, the usual couplers, a number of playing aids and toy stops.

One additional special feature of the instrument must be mentioned: its toy stops. The instrument has five highly entertaining stops: Kuckuck, Tamburo, Vogel-gesang, Cymbelstern and Nachtigall. Oh, this last one is particularly amusing.

We agreed with the government of the Görlitz church, that after making the digital snapshot of the instrument, there should still be something unique and special left that the visitor should hear only and exclusively when visiting the church personally. For this reason, the Sonnenmixtur - the top-most specialty of this instrument - remains silent in the Hauptwerk virtual model.

Special thanks to Mr. Reinhard Seeliger, the organist of the Sonnenorgel, for his exceptional kindness and tireless support during our recording sessions.
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Website:http://www.sonusparadisi.cz/en/organs/top-selection/goerlitz-sonnenorgel.html

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