Friday, March 6, 2009
Oosthuizen Organ Holland 1521
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)Toccata in C
Jacques van Oortmerensen at the organ in the Hervormde Kerk (Oosthuizen)
Temperament: Mean Tone
In this recording, van Oortmerensen uses the Bourdon 16', Prestant 8', Octaaf 4'I-II, Mixtuur II-III
Normally dated 1521, this organ is among the best-preserved sixteenth-century organs of northern Europe. Although the case has the date of 1521 inscribed on it, it’s possible that that date may be the date of a rebuilding of the organ using even earlier pipework. The instrument has one manual and no pedal division. All stops are original, with the Bourdon dating from the first half of the eighteenth century. The Flentrop firm restored the organ in 1967 and again in 2003. The case is an original Gothic case with three wooden towers and the 8-foot Praestant in the façade. The entire instrument bespeaks nobility when heard in the room. All the sounds are strong.
The single keyboard has a range beginning on F and extending to a.” In the bottom octave, there is no F# or G#; and in the top octave there is no G#. There are no pedals.
link to above recording here
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