Saint Ouen, Rouen

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Cavaillé-Coll-Organ in St. Ouen, Rouen

»I believe, to the best of my knowledge and in all honesty, that Monsieur Cavaillé-Coll is certainly the most capable organ builder today« (A. Guilmant). The immense wealth of tonal color offered by a Cavaillé-Coll organ is the ideal medium for capturing the spirit of Widors organ symphonies.
The one-time abbey church of St-Ouen in Rouen, a building of gothic style, was constructed from the 13th century to the 15th century. The façade was renovated in the 19th century, and the organ case dates from the year 1630. The predecessor of the current Cavaillé-Coll organ was renovated for the last time in 1850 by the workshop of Daublaine and Callinet and had more than 50 stops on five manuals. In 1888-90 Aristide Cavaillé-Coll created the last in the great series of his masterpieces (using the existing case as well as the old pipework), a series he had begun with the organ in the Basilica of St-Denis in 1840. The organ is classified as a historical monument (»Monument Historique«) and may well be the most important work of the builder. Although it is thoroughly romantic in character, its tonal diversity and transparency allow for the performance of an extensive repertoire. Performances are enhanced by good acoustics and a favorable positioning of the organ at half height. The organ has 64 stops on four manuals and pedal. Charles-Marie Widor inaugurated the organ and on this occasion coined the saying »un orgue à Michel-Ange.«

Grand-Orgue (II) C-g3

Montre 16'
Bourdon 16'
Violon-basse 16'
Montre 8'
Diapason 8'
Bourdon 8'
Flûte harmonique 8'
Salicional 8'
Prestant 4'
Trompette (Chamade) 8'
Clairon (Chamade) 4'

Positif de Dos (I) C-g3

Montre 8'
Bourdon 8'
Gambe 8'
Unda maris 8'
Dulciane 4'
Flûte douce 4'
Doublette 2'
Plein-Jeu 5 rangs
Cor anglais 16'
Trompette 8'
Cromorne 8'
Clairon 4'
Bombarde (IV) C-g3
Grosse Flûte 8'
Flûte 4'
Doublette 2'
Fourniture 5 rangs
Cornet 5 rangs ab c1 16'
Bombarde 16'
Contre-Basson 16'
Trompette 8'
Clairon 4'

Récit Expressif (III) C-g3

Quintaton 16'
Corno dolce 16'
Diapason 8'
Cor de Nuit 8'
Flûte traversière 8'
Viole de Gambe 8'
Voix Céleste 8'
Voix Eolienne 8'
Flûte octaviante 4'
Viole d'amour 4'
Quinte 2 2/3'
Octavin 2'
Carillon 1-3 rangs
Cornet 5 rangs ab c1 8'
Tuba Magna 16'
Trompette harmonique 8'
Clarinette 8'
Basson-Hautbois 8'
Voix Humaine 8'
Clairon harmonique 4'

Pédale C-f1

Sousbasse 32'
Contre-basse 16'
Sousbasse 16'
Basse 8'
Violoncelle 8'
Bourdon 8'
Flûte 4'
Contre-bombarde 32'
Bombarde 16'
Basson 16'
Trompette 8'
Clairon 4'

Pédales de Combinaisons

Tirasse G.O.
Tirasse Pos.
Tirasse Réc.
Anches Péd.
Anches Bomb.
Anches G.O.
Anches Pos.
Anches Réc.
Octaves graves G.O.
Octaves graves G.O. + Réc.
Expression Réc.
Appel G.O.
Cop. G.O. + Pos.
Cop. G.O. + Réc.
Cop. G.O. + Bomb.
Octaves graves Réc.
Trémolo Réc.
Cop. Réc. + Pos.
Octaves aiguës Réc.
Cop. Réc. + Bomb.
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