In the heartland of Old Castile, in a remote rural region in central Spain, is the
world’s largest collection of historic organs. Discovered in the 1970’s by the French
organist Francis Chapelet, when not one of the ninety historic instruments to be
found there was playable, some thirty are now alive again, largely unaltered since
the eighteenth century.
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Francis Chapelet’s unrivalled understanding of these remarkable survivors is revealed
in a sequence of varied improvisations on each instrument, each followed by one or
two written works from the Spanish repertoire.
The organs featured on these recordings date from the late seventeenth to the early
nineteenth centuries, together with one instrument built in 2007 using the case and
soundboard of its eighteenth-century predecessor. They are to be found in the villages
of Abarca de Campos, Ampudia, Autillo de Campos, Boadilla de Rioseco, Capillas, Carrión
de los Condes, Castromocho de Campos, Frechilla, Fuentes de Nava and Paredes de Nava.
Most of them were either built or rebuilt by Tadeo Ortega, the last of the great
eighteenth-century organ-builders of Spain.
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THE CONSERVATION OF THE ORGANS IN
TIERRA DE CAMPOS.
EACH CD HASRECORDINGSOFFOURORGANSANDTHEBOOKLETSCONTAINTHEHISTORYOFEACHINSTRUMENTANDFULLSPECIFICATIONS, ANINTRODUCTIONTOTHEORGANS, ABIOGRAPHYOFTHEORGAN-BUILDER TADEO ORTEGA, ANDASHORTARTICLEBY FRANCIS CHAPELET.