Organ Works

Freiburg, Christuskirche

Renovation of the Rieger organ (1980) | III/39 | 2020

PLANNED COMPLETION 2020

The Christuskirche, together with the choir based there, is acknowledged as the most important centre of Lutheran church music in Freiburg. Following the most recent restoration and reordering in 2016, the interior of the church, dedicated in 1891, has a light and peaceful atmosphere, sympathetically underlined by the clear, understated architecture.

The organ on the rear gallery was installed by the Austrian firm of Rieger in 1980 and is typical of its time both tonally and in the design of the case. The instrument is to undergo a thorough overhaul as the final stage of the renovation of the church interior.

The console, key action and swell shutters require inspection, repair and adjustment. The electrics and wind system are to be returned to proper working order and a new blower is to provide an adequate supply of wind. Collapsed pipe feet will be repaired and stabilised.

From today’s point of view the tonal side is marked by unevenness in loudness and over-prominent upper work, which require modifying and balancing out. Intensive voicing adjustments, particularly of the reed stops - yet remaining within the original tonal concept - will lend the instrument greater gravity, colour and charisma. The Zink 4 in the Pedal will be replaced by a musically more useful Violoncello 8.

 

console before renovation
Hauptwerk pipes

Disposition

I. Hauptwerk C-c4

  1. Gedackt 16'
  2. Principal 8'
  3. Rohrgedackt 8'
  4. Octave 4'
  5. Nachthorn 4'
  6. Quinte 2 2/3'
  7. Superoktave 2'
  8. Cornet 5-fach 8'
  9. Mixtur 6-fach 1 1/3'
  10. Trompete 8'

II. Schwellwerk C-c4

  1. Gemshorn 8'
  2. Flûte harmonique 8'
  3. Engprinzipal 4'
  4. Koppelflöte 4'
  5. Nasard 2 2/3'
  6. Blockflöte 2'
  7. Terz 1 3/5'
  8. Sifflet 1'
  9. Scharf 4-fach 2'
  10. Dulcian 16'
  11. Oboe 8'
    Tremulant

III. Brustwerk C-c4

  1. Holzgedackt 8'
  2. Salicional 8'
  3. Rohrflöte 4'
  4. Principal 2'
  5. Quinte 1 1/3'
  6. Sesquialtera 2-fach 2 2/3'
  7. Zimbel 3-fach 1/2'
  8. Krummhorn 8'
    Tremulant

Pedal C-g1

  1. Principal 16'
  2. Subbaß 16'
  3. Octavbaß 8'
  4. Gedackt 8'
  5. Violoncello 8'  neu, vorher Zink 4'
  6. Choralbaß 4'
  7. Nachthorn 2'
  8. Mixtur 5-fach 2 2/3'
  9. Posaune 16'
  10. Trompete 8'

 

Koppeln: II-I, III-I, III-II, I-P, II-P, III-P
Crescendo
Winddrossel SW, Tastenfessel HW
Tremulanten 2-fach regulierbar
kombinierte Traktur mit Setzeranlage