2012 Metzler Organ, op. 650

Església Abacial de Santa Maria de Poblet  /Tarragona, Spain

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01-metzler organ op. 650 02-poblet monastery 03-abbey main entrance 04-church nave 05-kings graves 06-church nave with organ gallery 07-organ gallery 08-organ console 09-pipework hauptwerk 10-rueckpositiv and chamades 11-unterwerk and chamades 12-lowest pipes hw-prestant 16 horizontal and untersatz 32 vertical

Short Introduction and History

The renowned European organ building company, Metzler Orgelbau AG, which has been flourishing in Switzerland since 1890, built one of its largest instruments for the Poblet Monastery. It consists of three manuals and 56 stops.
Metzler has always built their instruments to last. For this reason they have studied historical organs throughout the continent to "relearn" the old master's organ building trade. Furthermore they only use the finest natural materials that have proved their value throughout the centuries.

The new Poblet organ, which is not a copy of a certain style, but was conceived as a balanced synthesis of the most important elements of European Baroque and Classical organ schools, is a truly interregional style instrument while being as authentic and accurate as possible to the original examples.

The tonal conception is based on the German Baroque style, centred in the music of J. S. Bach.
However the instrument also includes bright French and Spanish reeds, as well as mutations and fonds, the necessary elements for the interpretation of French, Iberian, Late Baroque, Romantic and modern music.
The voicing and tonal finishing was done by Andreas Metzler in consultation with the Abbey's main organist, Fr. Josep Antoni Peramos.

Concert organists from all over the world are now playing concerts in Poblet and are fascinated by the richness and beauty of the instrument's sound and the excellent mechanical tracker action, which allows easy coupling of all manuals.

The Abbey church has a reverberation time up to 7 seconds.

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Recording technique

The organ was recorded in May 2013 with 48 kHz, 24 bit, multi-channel for Hauptwerk 4, 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 manual ranks were additionally recorded with the original tremulant sound


I would like to thank Prior Fr. LLuc Torcal and main organist Fr. Josep Antoni Peramos for giving permission and supporting this project. Many thanks are especially due to Fr. Peramos for local assistance, beta testing of the virtual instrument and documentary work.
Last but not least thanks to Metzler AG Orgelbau/Switzerland for explicit permission for this project and helpful discussions.