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Tamburini (1958)

Location:

Auditorio Nacional
Av. Paseo de la Reforma 50, Polanco V Secc, Miguel Hidalgo
Mexico City, MX
Organ ID: 66323

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Auditoriums and Concert Halls
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from YouFoundSharpe on September 28, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • 250 ranks. 15,633 pipes. 5 manuals.
Console:
  • Built by Tamburini
  • Manuals: 5
  • Position: Movable console.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
We received the most recent update for this console from YouFoundSharpe on September 29, 2020.
Paul R. Marchesano on September 29, 2020:

From a Piporg-L dicussion thread in January, 2005: The information I remember (if it be correct) is that it's a 5-manual, 202-rank Tamburini instrument. I have the specs somewhere in my archives, methinks; if there's further interest, yours truly will be glad to post/mail it. Sincerely yours, Alexander Zh. Damyanovich

I have been reading with interest the thread on the Tamburini instrument in the Auditorio Nacional and wanted to mention that E. Power Biggs recorded an LP on that organ. Featured on the Mexican Columbia LP: Andre Campra: Rigaudon; Adriano Banchieri: Dialogue; Jeremiah Clarke: Trumpet Voluntary; Claude Louis Balbastre: Noel "Josef est bien marie"; J.S. Bach: Chorale: "Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr"; Sigfrid Karg-Elert: "Lobet den Herrn" and "Nun danket alle Gott"; Charles-Marie Widor: Toccata from Symphony No. 5; Marcel Dupre: Variations on a Noel; and "Himno Nacional Mexicano" of Jaime Nuno. According to this LP the interior of the auditorium is immense!
Bonnie Beth Derby

I played this organ together with the Mexico City Symphony Orchestra in a series of performances of the 4 1/2 hour silent film NAPOLEON several years ago. The program was nearly a disaster as I discovered there is no (nada, zero!) maintenance on the organ. There was money found to buy and install it, but no funds ever allocated for maintenance . . . it had not been tuned since it was installed in 1958! I was able to find 13 playable ranks that were close enough in tune and with enough playing notes to be used - simply amazing and unique in all of my touring worldwide. Dennis James Silent Film Concerts

[Referencing a webspage no longer extant:] "...article originally written by Maestro Abraham Alvarado-Vargas for Caixa Expressiva, after about a decade of silence the organ was restored by 14 people (including a mountaineer flautist who worked suspended by harnesses) headed by Realejo Organeros Asociados over more than a year and was reinaugurated on October 26, 2000. The modern electronics in the console include a "self-diagnostic program." Daniel Muller Dallas

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on September 29, 2020.

Paul R. Marchesano on September 29, 2020:

The size and rank count of the organ has variously been reported ranging from 198 to 250 ranks. It apparently sat for years without regular maintenance or being played.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on September 29, 2020.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXJS5b4KXnc Found on video description: Open In New Tab Originally published December 19, 2011
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from YouFoundSharpe on September 28, 2020.

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