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PIPE ORGAN

  This is the largest pipe organ in use in a Japanese church,
  made in Italy by Mascioni Organs and installed in 2004. It is especially designed to adapt to the structure of the Cathedral.        
 Tokyo St. Mary Cathedral Organ CD (sample♪)


         
      

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Tokyo cathedral is a monument of our time, built in the early 60s according to the plans of the architect Kenzo Tange.
The organ, built in 2004 is a worthy completion of the interior of the cathedral; it is located on the balcony above the main entrance and is one of the few instruments in Japan on which is possible to propose organ music in a contest different from the concert hall, giving back to it its sacred and spiritual nature.
The sounds are clear and transparent, designed to resonate in the large acustic of the church. The instrument reflects the old organ building traditions but is also a modern and flexible instrument, conceived to be used for liturgies and concerts. Special care was put in the intonation of tipical italian stops, constructed after the measurements of Antegnati and disposed in the Positiv. The lightness of the action, in spite of the large dimension of the instrument, allows the organist a perfect control of the touch.
The slightly unequal temperament (5 pure fifths, 5 fifths 1/6 of a comma narrow, 2 fifths 1/12 of a comma narrow) gives beauty to the general sound, allowing anyway the use of all the keys.

 



Mascioni Organ Op. 1165   (Mascioni Since 1829 - Italy)
Artistic consultant:  Master  Lorenzo Ghielmi  (Italy)
Architectonic consultant: Arch. Raimund Glatter-Götz (Austria)
                                     Arch. Darko Pandakovic (Italy)
Voicing: Enrico Mascioni
Technical Support:
      Kawai Musical Instruments Mfg. Co., Ltd.
     Taisei Construction Corporation
     Tange City Construction Planning Office


Stop List in their actual disposition:
 

Grand Organo
 
Positivo
 
  1. Principale 16’ 15. Principale italiano 8’
  2. Principale 8’ 16. Ottava 4’
  3. Ottava 4’ 17. Decimaquinta 2’
  4. Quinta 2.2/3’ 18. Decimanona 1.1/3’
  5. Ottava 2’ 19. Flauto in ottava 4’
  6. Mistura V 2’ 20. Voce Umana (DO25-) 8'
  7. Cimbalo III 2/3’ 21. Bordone 8’
  8. Flauto a camino 8’ 22. Principale 4’
  9. Flauto a cuspide 4’ 23. Sesquialtera II 2.2/3’
10. Nazardo 2.2/3’ 24. Ripieno III 2’
11. Terza 1.3/5’ 25. Cromorno 8’
12. Tromba 8’ 26. Tremolo
13. Coupler III-II  
14. Coupler I-II  

 

Recitativo
 
Pedale
 
27. Bordone 16’ 40. Contrabasso 16’
28. Bordone 8’ 41. Violone 16’
29. Viola da Gamba 8’ 42. Basso 8’
30. Flauto 4’ 43. Principale 4’
31. Flauto 2’ 44. Mistura IV 2.2/3’
32. Cornetto III/V   8’ 45. Coupler II-P
33. Principale 4’ 46. Subbasso  32’
34. Ripieno IV 2’ 47. Subbasso 16’
35. Dulziana 16’ 48. Bordone 8’
36. Tromba 8’ 49. Tromboni 16’
37. Oboe 8’ 50. Tromba 8’
38. Clarone 4’ 51. Tromba 4’
39. Tremolo 52. Coupler III-P
  * nightingale


46 stops    3,122 pipes
3 manual keyboards with 58 keys  (C-a''') (Positivo, Grand Organo, Recitativo)
1 pedal keyboard with 30 keys (CC-f)
Mechanical key action (suspended)
Electronic Stop action
Combination memories 6 x 999