Keski-Porin Kirkko
Paschen Orgelbau Kiel, 2007

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The Central-Pori Church, built between 1859 and 1863 in the Gothic Revival style, is the largest church in the centre of the city of Pori, Western Finland, and one of the largest in Finland. It is known for its unique church tower, which is made of cast iron. The tower is 72 metres (236 ft) tall. The church was designed by T. Chiewitz and C.J. von Heideken. Glass paintings in the church were made by Magnus Enckell.
The new organ was built by Paschen Kiel Orgelbau. It has 58 stops on three manuals and pedal. The organ façade was designed by Paschen’s director, Roland Monczynski, who based the design on a combination of the typical characteristics of the French Romantic organ style, with that of the Neo-Gothic architecture of Central Pori Church. The casework and façade is made of oak and houses selected front pipes belonging to the stops Montre 16’ and Montre 8’, both of which are part of the Grand Orgue division. The remainder of this division, belonging to the main manual is located behind the façade. The Positif and Récit divisions are enclosed in swell boxes, one on top of the other, behind the Grand Orgue division. The pedal pipes are on both sides of the Grand Orgue division. The largest pedal stops, Soubasse 32´ and Bombarde 32´, are situated at the back wall of the organ case on their own wind chests. The tonal structure of the organ specification, designed by the Parisian organ specialist Kurt Lueders. is based on the French Romantic organ tradition and it is for this reason that the instrument’s sound reflects the quality of timbre, embodied in a symphony orchestra. Emphasis is on fundamental tone, which is in turn shaped by juxtaposing and the combination of three characteristic stop families (flutes, strings and the numerous colourful and brilliant reed stops). In addition, the first and second manuals include a fully-fledged mixture chorus, e.g. Grand Orgue (the first manual): Montre 16´, Montre 8´, Prestant 4´, Doublette 2´, Fourniture 5r, Cymbale 4r. Additionally the organ has colourful mutation ranks, for example Nasard 2 2/3’ or Tierce 1 3/5’. The tracker action of the organ is mechanical, and the stop action is both mechanical and electrical. All the manuals are equipped with Barker lever machines to assist the keyboard playing action by means of pneumatics. This way the fundamental principles of mechanical action and those of pneumatic action conjugate most effectively.
Théodore Dubois: In Paradisum from Douze Pièces Nouvelles
Juhani Romppanen, organ
Finnish concert organist Kalevi Kiviniemi plays a short improvisation "Twinkle..." at the Great Paschen Organ in Central Pori Church
Louis Vierne, Final from Symphonie no.1, played by Pétur Sakari.  This was recorded in 2009 when Pétur was 17 years old.
photo Markku Ranta
photo WikiCraft
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