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A Ground for Gamut, Z.645

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Uploaded by: yolar (12/05/22)
Composer: Purcell, Henry
Sample Set: SP: Organ of Adlington Hall (1693?)
Software: Hauptwerk VII
Genre: Baroque
Sonus Paradisi is busy preparing a Hauptwerk sample set of the organ from Adlington Hall. The oldest playable organ of England, according to many 'organ experts', built around 1693. J.P. Mander called it England's most precious early instrument. The instrument was attributed to "father" Bernard Smith, but the organ builder and the building year remain unsure. Georg Friedrich Händel played this organ himself - of course I will upload some Händel on this model soon.
This sample set gives the image of how the instrument in its current state sounds. Not an organ for every repertoire piece obviously, but what you can play on it, sounds very special. The instrument can really whisper thanks to it soft flutes, but also can get very loud with just a few stops.

To show some different colours of this instrument I started with A Ground for Gamut, composed by Henry Purcell. These are variations on a bass theme, mostly played on harpsichord, but certainly nice on organ.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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