The Grand Pipe Organs of the Grand Duchy
The instrument of the Echternach Basilica is opus 1010 of Klais-Orgelbau (Bonn, Germany), a manufacturer with huge tradition worldwide. It was assembled in 1952 with Luxembourgish participation (Schilling, Cruchten). Its tonal philosophy rises out of the reformative “Orgelbewegung”, and could be considered as a large 4-manual rather neo-baroque ensemble with a few romantic ingredients (amongst them two swell divisions) and selective modernist additions, such as a cymbale as well as a mutation carrying the 7th harmonic. In 1991 were added a horizontal reed division in 16’-8’-and 4’ as well as a 32’ Counterbassoon. The instrument now unites the delicate, smooth and brilliant original voicing with new dramatic accents for symphonic and modern repertoires. The original amphitheatre console in the very unique Klais style gives a supplementary signature out of an already legendary period of organ-building.