Electronic intestines of musical giant

Belarusian State Philharmonic Society organ — the biggest instrument countrywide — launching anew
By Andrey Sokolov

The musical giant has been reconstructed by one of the world’s top specialists, Eberkhard Khilze, gaining a clearer tone and a new, German made control console: the Orgelbau Fleiter. Based on the previous console, it uses electronics, avoiding the need for so many wires linking old mechanical controls. The new device is lighter and far more mobile.

Thanks to using fewer components, the delay between striking the keyboard and hearing the note from the pipes is reduced, making the organ easier to play, as well as clearer and louder, notes Yuri Gildyuk, the Art Director of the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society. He tells us, “From this season on, we can invite the best organists in the world to come to Belarus. Before the reconstruction, it was difficult to work with the instrument and some sounds were lost. Now, thanks to the Ministry for Culture, which donated almost Br800m for repairs, the organ is ideal.”

Many Minsk residents and guests of the capital have already heard the results, as the first organ concert of the new season took place at the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society in early September.

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