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JEAN LANGLAIS - Esquisses Gothiques pour deux orgues: # III Séquence pour la fête de la dédicace

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Published on Mar 9, 2012

JEAN LANGLAIS - Esquisses Gothiques pour deux orgues: III. Séquence pour la fête de la dédicace.

This is a recording from Uppsala Cathedral, made on February 10, 2009. One of the first performances on the just inaugurated new Ruffatti organ in the cathedral. The first organ north of the Alps from that Italian company.

The music, which is composed for two large organs, is performed on the two largest of the four organs in the cathedral.

The Uppsala Domkyrka is the largest gothic cathedral in the Scandinavian countries, and is the center of the Swedish Lutheran church. Foundations were laid in 1260 for the 350-foot building, which has 11 seconds of reverberation.

The old main organ is from 1869-71 and is built by Per Åkerman. This instrument is the largest preserved organ from its period in Sweden and one of the finest examples of the Swedish organ builder's art.
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Organ number two in the recording is the new large organ from Fratelli Ruffatti, inaugurated on February 8, 2009.

Some details about the new organ (borrowed from the Ruffatti site): One four-manual console is with the pipes and its twin is on the main floor, on a movable parquet platform. It can dock with any of four stations in the central crossing and chancel, which are attached to the organ through fiber optics. Each console is height-adjustable from the bottom of the keydesk, to accommodate even the tallest organist.

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