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Why Skrabl organs make ideal partners for an orchestra

Why Skrabl organs make ideal partners for an orchestra

Skrabl organs are most often heard in a solo role, but the quality of their voicing makes them ideal partners for an orchestra.

The recording below of the allegro from Handel's Organ Concerto No 13 in F – the Cuckoo and the Nightingale – was made by the Dutch organist, Ad Verhage with an orchestra of local musicians.

He plays the two-manual, mechanical-action Skrabl instrument installed in 2009 in the Westerkerk, Veenendaal, a town in the central Netherlands.

The Fresco Records CD, from which this extract is taken, also features works by Scheidemann, Van Noort, Lübeck, Clérambault, Bach and Vierne. 

Specification

Hoofdwerk (C-g3)
Bourdon 16
Prestant 8
Roerfluit 8
Viola di Gamba 8
Octaaf 4
Nasard 2 2/3
Octaaf 2
Mixtuur IV st.
Cornet III st.
Trompet 8    

Nevenwerk (C-g3)
Gedekt 8
Quintadeen 8
Prestant 4
Flute Travers 4
Woudfluit 2
Quint 1 1/3
Sesquialter II st.
Dulciaan 8
Tremulant    

Pedaal (C-f1)
Subbas 16 *
Prestant 8 *
Fluit 8 *
Koraalbas 4 *
Fagot 16
Trompet 8 *
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