1925 G.F. Steinmeyer Organ op. 1400
Short Introduction and History
The completely original surviving large 71-stop Steinmeyer post-romantic organ, op. 1400, built in 1925, is a worldwide unique instrument of this organ builder and this era.
It was designed by the Berlin concert organist Otto Dunkelberg, who later worked as an organist of the giant organ of the Passau cathedral, and and is considered the smaller sister and predecessor of what was then the world's largest church organ.
The organ, which survived WWII as one of the few Berlin instruments and the demolition or modification in the course of the neo-baroque phase, shows features of the Alsatian organ reform according to Rupp-Schweitzer and also, due to Steinmeyer's American contacts, has characteristics of these instruments, such as larger manual and pedal sizes, extensive sub- and supe- octave couplers, string choirs, etc.
The disposition allows the interpretation of German, French and Anglo-American music from the 19th century to modern, as well as older music in the taste of the early 20th century.
Until a few years ago, becoming almost unplayable due to wear and church climate influences, it was extensively restored during three years of work and was inaugurated again in 2018. One of the few surviving large Steinmeyer organs from this era has risen again.
Alongside the lost Passau cathedral organ, this instrument can certainly be described as the absolute highlight of Steinmeyer's late / post-romantic Opus.
The Ss. Corpus Christi Church has a reverberation time up to 6 s.
The instrument was recorded in October 2019 with 48 kHz, 24 bit, using the multi-release technique introduced by OrganArt.
The stops were recorded with multiple releases for short, medium and long key attacks for optimal acoustical mapping.
All ranks were additionally recorded with the original tremulant sound.
Many thanks to the Catholic parish Ss. Corpus Christi (Pater Jacinto Weizenmann scj) for recording permission, titular organist Martin Kondziella for tests and extensive comparative fine-adjustement of the virtual instrument, organist Kiessig and caretaker Müller for the local support.
Organ Temperament: Equal (actually a1=438 Hz)
Manual I (C–c4)
01. Prinzipal (Prosp.) 16’
Manual II (C–c4/c5*)
01. Bordun 16’
Manual III (C–c4/c5*)
01. Stillgedeckt 16’
01. Principalbass 32'
* Fully developed super octaves
All ranks are original 1925 Steinmeyer (voicing),
except missing three ranks, included up to 1943(!) by Steinmeyer
Loaded Version (Surround)
Memory Requirements 3)
16-bit, compressed1), all loops
≥ 3.4 GHz Quad to Octa Core 2)
20-bit, compressed, all loops
≥ 3.4 GHz Quad to Octa Core 2)
24-bit, compressed, all loops
≥ 3.4 GHz Quad to OctaCore 2)
1) Lossless compression (no loss of sound quality!)
Minimal configuration: Quad Core, 32 GByte RAM
Optimal configuration: Six/Octa Core, 64 GByte RAM
3) To load this organ into Hauptwerk you will need enough free memory in your computer, due to the amount of playable stops, not including the operating system or any other programs that may be running!
We recommend the professional audio card RME series and the AKG Reference Headphone K702/712 for optimal sound and room impression.
The following demo pieces were recorded with the Hauptwerk Advanced Edition software and the virtual organ sample set, with no additional effects processing.
J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Fantasia BWV 542 | 07:12 min | Mix Front-Rear 100:100 | Edo Luynenburg, Netherlands/Spain
Max Reger (1873-1916)
Introduktion und Passacaglia in d-moll | 08:49 min | Mix Front-Rear 100:100 | Edo Luynenburg, Netherlands/Spain
Benedictus op. 59,9 | 05:20 min | P. L. , France
Scherzo op. 65,10 | 03:10 min | P. L. , France
Präludium op. 69,1 | 04:22 min | Mix Front-Rear 80:50 | Markus Weyand, Germany
Toccata und Fuge op. 80 | 07:04 min | Mix Front-Rear 40:100 | Christian Brembeck, Germany
Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
"Freue dich sehr, o meine Seele", op. 65, Nr. 5 | 02:10 min | Mix Front-Rear 75:65 | Andreas Mattes, Germany
"Macht hoch die Tür", op. 65,Nr. 8 | 02:53 min | Mix Front-Rear 100:100 | Christian Brembeck, Germany
"Valet will ich dir geben", op. 65, Nr. 11 | 03:08 min | Mix Front-Rear 75:65 | Andreas Mattes, Germany
"Nun danket alle Gott", op. 65, Nr. 59 | 04:34 min | Mix Front-Rear 80:80 | Edo Luynenburg, Netherlands/Spain
"Homage to Handel", op. 75b (54 Studien in Variationsform) | 15:15 min | Mix Front-Rear 100:100 | Christian Brembeck
Symphonischer Choral "Jesu meine Freude", op. 87,2| 24:50 min | Mix Front-Rear 80:50 | Markus Weyand, Germany
Arno Landmann (1887-1966)
Variationen über ein Thema von Georg Friedrich Händel (op. 29) | 17:36 min | Mix Front-Rear 80:40 | Markus Weyand, Germany
Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
Variationen und Finale über ein altflämisches Lied | 17:11 min | Mix Front-Rear 75:65 | Andreas Mattes, Germany
César Franck (1822-1890)
Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
Symphony No. 5,4: Adagio | 05:46 min | Mix Front-Rear 100:100 | Edo Luynenburg, Netherlands/Spain
Léon Boëllmann (1862-1897)
Suite Gothique op. 25 | 14:48 min | Mix Front-Rear 100:100 | P. L. , France
Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons op. 12 | 03:31 min | Mix Front-Rear 100:70 | Andreas Mattes, Germany
Jehan Alain (1911-1940)
Edward Elgar (1821-1906)
Nimrod (Enigma Variations op 36, 9) | 04:44 min | Edo Luynenburg, Netherlands/Spain
James Healey Willan (1880-1968)
From 32 short Choral Preludes: # 10: St. Anne | 03:37 min | Mix Front-Rear 70:100 | Edo Luynenburg, Netherlands/Spain
Spezielle Transkriptionen und Arrangements:
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
L.v. Beethoven (1770-1827)
Allegretto from Symphonie No. 7 (Transkription Wiliam Thomas Best) | 09:33 min | Martin Kondziella, Germany
Edward William Elgar (1857-1934)
A large playlist is additionally available on Concert Hall-Website: (Search: 1925 G.F. Steinmeyer)
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