This is a presentation on the concert hall of a new sampleset by OrganArt Media:
the 1776 Tadeo Ortega Organ, Capillas, Spain. Prof Maier uploaded a recording of it earlier in 2010. The sampleset will be published soon.
The organ in Capillas was build by Tadeo Ortega in 1776. Its character is typical for the Castillian instruments of the 18th century.
With very low wind pressure it attains a powerful volume. The flue stops are very good, the reeds have quite a different character from those of the Frechilla instrument.
Tadeo Ortega build about 25 organs during his lifetime, all in the Castillian province of Tierra de Campos. He was the last great Castillian organ builder, although he was not famous during is lifetime.
His instruments are without exception of excellent quality. They also are mechanically very well build and the sound leaves a lasting impresssion.
The organ typically has two separate sound boards for the bass registers (Bajos) and treble registers (Tiples), which allow a special playing and registration technique for Spanish and Italian music. The manual is divided at middle C/ C#.
Francisco de Peraza was a very famous organ virtuoso. He was appointed organist at the Cathedral of Sevilla at the early age of eighteen, and he deserved to be buried in the cathedral, in the chapel of the Vírgen de la Antigua.
In 1599 Francisco Pacheco wrote in his "Libro de descripción de verdaderos retratos" (Book of description of truthful portraits) that Francisco Guerrero, the master of Spanish vocal music (1528-1599), "embraced" Francisco, "clasped his hands, and asked for his permission to kiss them"; that "an angel lived in his fingers"; and that he "was the inventor of the medios registros" (tientos partidos).
Sadly, this tiento is his only surviving work from an output that Pacheco estimates at over two thousand pieces.
Info on Peraza by my friend monorganist Thanks a lot!!