Johannus LiVE family welcomes two new recordings

The Johannus LiVE family has welcomed two new descendents. The new additions are the sample sets taken from the Schnitger organ in the Ludgeri Kirche in Norden and the Maarschalkerweerd organ in the Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek in Zwolle.

The Johannus LiVE is a digital stereo organ that comes with sample sets that allow organists to play on dozens of international pipe organs. Each sample set comprises pure, clear recordings taken from a complete organ. When Johannus LiVE was launched in 2015, sample sets were already available from the Cavaillé Coll organ in the Église Notre-Dame d’Auteuil in Paris, the Silbermann organ in the Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden, and the Bätz organ in Utrecht’s Domkerk. Bringing in Norden (Germany) and Zwolle (Netherlands), Johannus has now added two new complete sample sets.

International renown

The Baroque Schnitger organ in Norden adds an internationally renowned work of art to the Johannus LiVE library. Acclaimed organ builder Arp Schnitger worked on the Baroque instrument from 1686 to 1692. With its 46 stops and three manuals, it is the second-biggest Schnitger organ in Germany. It is also worth mentioning the thorough restoration done by Jürgen Ahrend between 1981 and 1985. He was able to restore the 17th-century instrument to its original, tonal glory.

Romantic and Baroque in one

A very different tale lies within the Maarschalkerweerd organ in Zwolle. This Romantic organ was built in 1896, inside the cabinet that had once housed a Baroque organ. The basilica in Zwolle acquired the cloister-crafted cabinet from the Observantenkirche in Münster, Germany. Michaël Maarschalkerweerd, who built a total of 127 organs in his lifetime, gave the organ cabinet a new lease on life, housing a total of 38 stops distributed across three manuals and a pedal board.

Now in your own living room

Thanks to Johannus LiVE, you can now play both organs from the comfort of your own living room. You can order the sample sets from Johannus dealers. The sets are protected by a unique code, so they can only be used on your own organ.