The organ of the Magnuskerk (Anloo, NL) was built in 1717-1719 by Johannes Radeker and Rudolph Garrels, two co-workers of Arp Schnitger. It originally had 2 manuals with 17 stops and an attached pedal. A crest board attached in front of the organ displays the crests of the wealthy families that financed the organ.

In 1944-1950 the organ was modified by Mense Ruiter. From 1990 to 2002 it was restored/reconstructed by Henk van Eeken (Herwijnen, NL). The goal was the best possible reconstruction of the original state. As 1995 a workshop fire lead to the loss of a large portion of the pipe work, the partial reconstruction of the organ became necessary. In 2002 the restored/reconstructed organ including an added four stop pedal was recommissioned. Through the restoration the original sound of the instrument could be regained to a great extent.

With regard to the quality of the restoration/reconstruction result, Henk van Eeken's cooperation with GOArt (Göteborg Organ Art Center) was of special importance. GOArt is an international research center for organ history, organ building, artistic education and performance practice of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Through scientific research it was possible to reconstruct historical organ building procedures and techniques.

The results of this work were applied to the restoration/reconstruction of the Anloo organ. That way it became possible for the first time to faithfully manufacture new organ pipes by reconstructing the original processes and techniques from 1717. For example, the organ metal was cast on sand and subsequently scraped down manually to the correct thickness. With a high degree of certainty the organ has also regained its original temperament and pitch from 1718 (following Arp Schnitger, St. Cosmae, Stade).

Further information about the Anloo organ and the sample set (version 2) can be found [here].

Also, we recommend Henk van Eekens's fascinating documentary 'The search for an organ sound as good as old' on YouTube (Dutch + English subtitles):

- [part 1/2]
- [part 2/2]

Here are a few sound demos (more will be uploaded to Contrebombarde soon):

- [Scheidt, Samuel: Variationen 'Ach du feiner Reuter' (using both IRs)
- [Kerkhoven, Abraham van den: Versi Primi toni (using the main IR only)
- [Buxtehude, Dietrich: Fuge in C BuxWV 174 (using both IRs)
- [Pachelbel, Johann: Fughetta 'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott' (comparison: Both IRs and main IR only)



Quintadena 16 voet  
Principael 8 voet  
Quintadena*1 8 voet  
Roerpijp 8 voet  
Octav 4 voet  
Spitspijp 4 voet  
Quint 3 voet  
Super Octav 2 voet  
Woudfloit*1 2 voet  
Sexquialter 2 sterk  
Mixtuir 4-5-6 sterk  
Trompet 8 voet  
Vox Humana B/D*2 8 voet  
Gedackt 8 voet  
Floit 4 voet  
Nasard*1 3 voet  
Octav 2 voet  
Sijfloit 1 1/2 foet  
Scherp 3 sterk  
Dulciaen 8 voet  
Pedael (Henk van Eeken, 2002)
Bardon 16 voet  
Octav 8 voet  
Gedackt*1 8 voet  
Octav*1 4 voet  
Basuin 16 voet  
Trompet*1 8 voet  
Cornet 4 foet  
Tremulant (MA)    
Tremulant (BP)    
Tremulant (PD)    
Koppeling BP-MA    
Koppeling MA-PD    
Koppeling BP-PD    
*1 Extension stops
*2 Split, coupleable
Tuning : St. Cosmae, Stade (modified meantone), f(a')=469 Hz


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