After the publication of the "Tamburini 1959" sample set, the processing of the other sample sets in the catalog continues: in particular the Foglia 1879 from the Pieve di Inzino and above all the Michelotto 2019 in Santa Maria delle Grazie al Naviglio in Milan. The processing of these sample sets is bringing interesting developments in the post-production of the samples, with the result of a certain reduction in processing times and, above all, of an absolute naturalness of the sounds.
Audio examples will be available soon - stay tuned!
Maestro Gabriele Giunchi informed us that in the last days of April 2022 the Zanin organ underwent extraordinary maintenance by the organ builder Daniele Michelotto.
The pneumatic controls of the stops at the wind chests of Grand'Organo and Espressivo, now exhausted and totally inefficient, have been removed, replacing them with more reliable electromagnet controls; in this way the instrument has regained the complete functionality, compromised particularly in the last year.
ANDREA BONZI - SAMPLE SET FOR HAUPTWERK wishes all readers a happy Holy Week and a happy Easter. May the memory of Christ's Resurrection renew the hope of the peace that He alone can bring to the world.
While we are about to begin the processing of the samples recorded last October at the prestigious Carlo Vegezzi-Bossi 1903 at the Vicoforte Sanctuary, today, March 19, 2022, we receive the sad and unexpected news of the sudden death, at only 52 years of age, of the organist of the Basilica, Massimo Rovere, sampling promoter.
Although we only met him for a short time, we remember very well Massimo's great passion for "his" Vegezzi Bossi and the great interest shown in sampling; and we remember the warm welcome and support we received during our stay in Vicoforte - a welcome that immediately made us feel at home.
From these pages we also join in the condolences for his untimely death: and we hope that the replica of "his" instrument, which he so strongly desired, will soon be a tribute to his memory.
We are finally pleased to announce the release of our seventh sample set, also available for GrandOrgue: visit the information page!
The revision of the sample set after the test phase is now in its final stages: some corrections of a certain weight have been necessary which are slightly delaying its release but which nevertheless are indispensable for the success of the product.
The information page on the instrument and the sample set will be online soon: keep following us!
Although we do not deal directly with current affairs and although we are not experts in geopolitical issues and all the implications that the very delicate international situation we are experiencing in these hours may have, we cannot fail to say our word about it and take a stand in the face of the very serious facts of which we are, unfortunately, witnesses.
While we join the uncontested condemnation of every form of violence and every act of war, in Ukraine as in the whole world, we cannot fail to notice also in the Western context increasingly intolerant positions, which go far beyond legitimate reproach for an unjust act of aggression.
This is the case of artists, sportsmen and show business personalities who, simply because they are Russian, are immediately identified as "supporters of Putin" and therefore ostracized by European institutions and Westerners: it is news of recent days that, among the many cases reported by the news, the conductor Valery Gergiev received a real ultimatum from the mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala, who branded him as "pro-Russian" and "friend of Putin" and therefore forced to give up the planned direction of the opera "La dama di picche" scheduled for March 5 at the Teatro alla Scala.
It is evident that such positions do not help any pacification, on the contrary playing the game of those who are determined to continue hostilities: and anyone who supports such positions has responsibility at least equal to those of those who, reacting to provocations, are trampling on the rights of innocent populations.
"ANDREA BONZI - SAMPLE SET OF ITALIAN ORGANS" not only dissociates itself from public gestures of authority that dare to judge and prosecute men for their ideas and their belonging, but condemns them with the greatest force as they dramatically make present today the shame that the Italian people already suffered a century ago.
We condemn as violent and racist the gesture of the mayor of Milan, who does not represent us in the slightest and from which it seems our duty to distance ourselves publicly: and we equally condemn any gesture moved by hatred that derives from the arrogant, unjustifiable belief that we can always proclaim ourselves morally superior.
It is not by erecting walls and fomenting hatred that peace is built: and certainly by not making the faults of its leaders fall ideologically on an entire people.
One month after the IT accident that cost the loss of a large part of the work on the Tamburini 1959 organ of the church of S. Maria Nascente at "QT8" in Milan, we are pleased to announce that the sample set is now in an advanced recovery phase, and the testing phase is expected very soon.
The related information page will be online soon.
In addition to the update on the sample set we have news, unfortunately not good, about the original instrument.
The church of S. Maria Nascente at "QT8" in Milan, built in 1955, was closed for over a year between 2020 and 2021 due to a massive renovation of the internal walls and above all of the vault, which had to be reclaimed by removing the asbestos contained therein; the Tamburini organ was then disassembled to avoid damage.
But when the church reopened on 8 December 2021, the organ was never reassembled: and it was precisely the parishioners, surprised, who informed us of this. Currently the instrument is replaced by a small Trühenorgel hired from the organ builder Ilic Colzani of Bulgarograsso (Como), author of the dismantling.
The news of the dismantling of the Tamburini reached us on Saturday 29 January 2021: suspicious of the fact that the parishioners were faced with the fait accompli of the replacement with the Trühenorgel we moved asking for more detailed information, addressing the organ builder Colzani, some parishioners directly involved in the administration of the parish and above all the competent diocesan offices.
In particular the responses received from the latter suggest that the failure to reassemble the Tamburini and its replacement with the Trühenorgel are a unilateral initiative of the pro tempore parish priest, taken solely on the basis of his personal taste and without even giving due communication in the competent offices. It seems that the initial idea was that of replacing it with an unspecified "German organ" taken from the second-hand market; the deal would then vanish, but the idea of selling the dismantled materials of the Tamburini would remain. Finally, responding directly to one of our messages which also involved the Diocese, the parish priest was quick to reply that "the sale is not foreseen but the fate of the instrument will be taken into consideration when the work is definitively completed" - but the church is was inaugurated over two months ago...
At the moment the Tamburini is therefore condemned, if not to be sold immediately, at least to remain disassembled and mute: it is a clear will of the parish priest that the instrument is not put back into service, despite the fact that it is a more than dignified organ, overhauled in 2015 and still fully functional. We leave to the readers the judgment on its replacement with a modest Trühenorgel; we will give an account of all the developments of the story in a future article in the "Third page" section.
We cannot close these notes without pointing out the fact that, to date, the sample set we are about to publish remains the only sound testimony of an instrument which, although not of particular value nor large, nevertheless had sonority very characteristic and alive; we hope that this will make us reflect on the opportunity of digital reproduction of instruments, perhaps much more valuable for technical characteristics or historical importance, which risk being lost for various reasons.
M.° Gabriele Giunchi informs us that the beautiful gothic church of the Annunziata in Bologna is in danger of closing, for reasons linked to excessive operating costs and the impossibility of covering them due to lack of adequate income.
The news comes like a cold shower, since only a few days earlier M.° Giunchi had communicated the will of the Parish to proceed with an extraordinary maintenance intervention on the valuable Zanin organ: we sincerely hope that things can change, and we hope to be able to announce this soon on these pages.
With the phrase that went down in history during the famous Apollo missions we communicate a serious IT problem that unexpectedly forces us to postpone the publication of the set which was scheduled for this week: we are working hard to resolve the situation and we are confident that we can give good news soon. Unfortunately, we fear that the planned publication of the sample set of the Tamburini of S. Maria Nascente church in Milan will be postponed for several weeks.
We hope to have better news soon: keep following us!
ANDREA BONZI - SAMPLE SET PER HAUPTWERK wishes everyone a happy and merry Christmas.
We take advantage of this update of the information page, which falls at the beginning of December, to wish all readers - men and women of good will - a good Advent right now in view of the upcoming feast of the Lord Jesus' Birth.
The reworking of the first pioneering sample set that we produced back in 2011 is now at an advanced stage: an accurate sound survey carried out in 2015 proved to be of such quality that it can be used to reproduce the small Tamburini organ of the church of Santa Maria Nascente in the "T8" ("QT8") district on the outskirts of Milan, of which Andrea Bonzi was organist for exactly twenty years from 1997 to 2017.
In addition to the reworking of the samples, from which a very precise and realistic dry stereo channel was obtained, a complete photographic interface has been implemented that reproduces the original console and its operation in every detail and with great accuracy; the set will be completed with a distant channel in which the acoustics are reconstructed with the same system used for the Malpaga's Marzoli & Rossi and with the addition of some compatible stops to enrich the sound arrangement.
The information page will be published shortly: the release of the set is expected by the end of December 2021.
On 4-8 October 2021, on the initiative of the organist Massimo Rovere whom we sincerely thank, recording sessions were performed at the Carlo Vegezzi-Bossi 1903 organ of the Basilica-Sanctuary of the Nativity of Mary in Vicoforte, near Mondovì - province of Cuneo, Piedmont.
It is one of the most important and representative instruments of Italian Romanticism, particularly successful and inserted in an architectural context of rare beauty, whose acoustic characteristics greatly enhance its sonority.
A dutiful thanks goes to the Rector of the Sanctuary, Don Francesco Tarò, for having authorized and supported the project by offering a stay in the structures adjacent to the Basilica; we warmly thank the Vice-Rector, Don Sergio Borsarelli, for the welcome and the great availability during the recording sessions that he wanted to personally follow evening after evening.
We cannot finish these notes without at least mentioning the complex of the Sanctuary and the adjacent Cistercian monastery (now a Diocesan House of Spirituality) where we were housed: it is one of the most distinguished and impressive works of the Piedmontese Baroque. The great dome of the Basilica measures 37 meters by 25 with a height of about 75 and is entirely frescoed, constituting an extremely suggestive complex that has far exceeded our expectations and which we will adequately account for on the presentation page of the sample set. To this is added the high level of the accommodation in the former monastery and the scenic beauty in which the entire complex is inserted.
All this constitutes a whole of exceptional interest, which certainly deserves a stay in which the possibility of having a particularly beautiful and representative instrument at one's disposal blends beautifully with a context of rare suggestion that enhances it in an exemplary way.
For more information we warmly invite you to visit the site of the Sanctuary .
M.° Gabriele Giunchi informs us of some developments, fortunately positive, regarding the story we reported last July.
It is in particular the fact that the Superintendent officials notified the parish priest "pro tempore" of the requisition of the parish premises (it was never clear whether this also involved the sacred building) without taking care to verify the existence of an agreement written between the State Property and the Franciscan friars who until a few years ago ruled the parish. Agreement that not only exists, but which clearly defines what pertains to the parish of the SS. Annunziata, as such unavailable to the claims to the contrary - we would like to say that it is strange that the matter had to end in court, before a judge who could not do anything but confirm what had already been formally signed by both parties.
This story casts yet another shadow on Public authorities which, although institutionally devoted to the custody of the Italian artistic heritage, unduly and surreptitiously tend to appropriate it in a way that is anything but transparent; as far as we are concerned more directly, we can only hope that we will soon arrive at a decisive rethinking of the so-called "protection" of ancient organs - a field in which there is no lack of examples of arbitrariness on the part of the state bureaucracy, proving too often to be a even embarrassing level.
Here are some news received from M° Gabriele Giunchi, organist of the Zanin 1962 organ of the church of SS. Annunziata whose sample set is being worked on.
The important late Gothic church of the Annunziata is one of the most famous Marian sanctuaries in the city of Bologna, as well as constituting a large and popular city parish. The church building and the adjoining convent structures, however, are Italian State property and do not belong to the diocese of Bologna - an anomaly that dates back to the suppression of convents carried out by the newborn Italian state in 1866 in order to confiscate their assets and structures. Anomaly that has never been remedied by the Italian government, with the consequence of a persistent unknown about the actual full availability of the structures and of the same building of worship by the Christian community today is heir to those who in his time built the complex.
It is news in the first days of June that the current pro tempore parish priest was ordered to evacuate the parish premises, with the motivation of unspecified maintenance or restoration works in view of a conversion of the structures for different use: the communication arrived via email, without any notice and in an unofficial form, but in the meantime the works were immediately started.
We would like to communicate this to all our readers: we worked on the sampling of the Zanin organ kept in the church of the Annunziata and we feel somehow involved in the concern for the fate that awaits both the place of worship and the instrument itself.
We hope that the situation can be resolved with a fair agreement, which recognizes and gives due weight to the needs of both parties; we will continue to inform from these pages about any developments.
The complex processing of the samples recorded in January 2021 begins to give the first results: here we propose two audio demonstrations of the nearby channel of Diapason 8' (from which, as in the original instrument, the registers Prestant 4' and Doublette 2' are obtained by borrowing).
The audios are in their original format, 48 kHz and 24 bit; both pieces are improvisations by Andrea Bonzi, performed during the sample set test.
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On Saturday May 15th 2021, our Facebook account was blocked unilaterally, without any warning and without giving any reason.
Facebook, despite being a private company providing a public service, is known for its arbitrary and discriminatory behavior towards users, even in institutional settings of global significance; behaviors that include censorship based on the opinions expressed in the posts and personal information, sometimes confidential, contained in the profiles. Beyond the user's intentions, a single word is sufficient for the FB algorithms to deem a post or an entire account as censurable.
Despite this, everyone is aware of the extreme invasiveness and insistence of the social network in the continuous request for personal and confidential data of users and in the psychological pressure in order to induce ever greater participation by the user itself - to the point of causing a real addiction.
As regards our account in particular, the peremptory request for strictly confidential personal data and information that was addressed to us with almost blackmail tones - under penalty of cancellation of the account in case of no response within 28 days - is absolutely unacceptable.
We therefore consider dishonest and immoral the management of this means of communication and we invite readers not to rely on the publication of news regarding our activity on the social network.
We warmly invite readers and anyone who wants to follow our activity to prefer direct consultation of this site, whose information page is constantly updated; for those who wish, a newsletter will soon be available, in a manner that will be communicated on this page as soon as possible.
ANDREA BONZI - SAMPLE SET FOR HAUPTWERK wishes all readers a happy and holy Easter.
Finished the processing, we present on this page our first sample set dedicated to an Italian-made harpsichord, sampled on the initiative of the owner M° Gabriele Giunchi.
As for the positive Ott a fully functional demo version is available, but with a periodic interruption of the sound.
After the release of the Ott positive the processing of the sample set Harpsichord R. Marioni 2015 (copy of Ruckers 1612) has begun, which is expected to be completed shortly.
At the same time, the processing of the audio acquired in S. Maria delle Grazie al Naviglio also began: the publication of the relative sample set is expected to take place after summer 2021.
After a laborious revision of the ODF, the sample set "Organo Positivo P. Ott 1972" was released. A fully functional trial version is available, in which the sound is periodically disabled: visit the information page!
ANDREA BONZI - SAMPLE SET OF ITALIAN ORGANS takes great care of the suggestions and indications of users on everything that can be useful for the qualitative improvement of the sample sets. For this reason, following the first feedback from our beta-testers, we are reworking the features implemented in the small positive Ott: in particular with the inclusion of the detuning functionality, which forces us to partially revise the graphical interface.
For this reason the release, initially scheduled for the beginning of the month, will be delayed by a few days: we thank the readers for their patience.
The test phase of the small positive Ott has started: soon the complete information webpage will be online. Follow the updates!
On the evening of Tuesday 2 February the expected sampling of the positive Barani took place, which was planned together with that of the Michelotto organ.
The small instrument will be available as a standalone sample set, but will also be used as an extension for the major organ.
From 18-24 January 2021, recording sessions were conducted in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie al Naviglio in Milan (Porta Genova area). The sampling was performed at the request of Maestro Roberto Lomurno, owner of the D. Michelotto organ installed in 2019; for a description of the instrument, very particular as to stops list and intonation, see this web page.
The sampling of the small Barani positive, which the parish has put up for sale after the installation of the new large organ, is also expected shortly.
The sampling sessions were rather long and demanding mainly due to the long reverberation time of the large church, on average 7-9 seconds, and its position in the heart of the urban environment; the publication of the sample set is expected in no less than several months.
We have the great pleasure of presenting a novelty that we hope will please all fans: during the processing of the Ott positive sample set, the possibility of having a user-adjustable Tremolo was successfully tested, taking advantage of the Hauptwerk wind modeling.
The first results are very encouraging in terms of realism: this feature will be implemented in all future publications, where this accessory is present in the stops list of the organs we will sample.
The new year opens with the news of the upcoming release of a rather particular sample set: the processing of the replica of the small positive P. Ott 1972 owned by M ° Gabriele Giunchi of Bologna is now at an advanced stage.
The relative information page has been published: the release of the sample set is indicatively expected by the end of January.
After the sampling sessions last October, the production of Prospero Foglia 1879 from the Pieve di S. Giorgio in Inzino (Brescia) began - alongside that of the other sets in the catalog. This is the first of our sample sets to feature three stereo channels.
The first results, despite their being temporary, seem decidedly encouraging on the achievement of the quality standard that we have set for ourselves by starting this project.
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ANDREA BONZI - SAMPLE SET FOR HAUPTWERK wishes all readers a Merry Christmas: the memory of the coming into the world of God made man bring light in these dark times.
Given the recent evolution of this software we are pleased to announce that, from the next releases, our sample sets will also be available for GrandOrgue: in this way we hope to make the replicas of our Italian organs usable for an even greater number of enthusiasts.
We take this opportunity to remind you that until there are significant implementations of the Hauptwerk platform all our sample sets will continue to be designed for version 4.21 and will be compatible with all subsequent versions released so far.
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After a longer work than expected, due to a substantial expansion of the extended version compared to what was originally planned, the sample set of the Marzoli & Rossi 1908 organ of the Malpaga church is finally available.
We invite our readers to try it out and let us know their impressions!
In recent times we have been receiving several requests for the production of sample sets: we take this opportunity to thank those who have been and, we hope, will in the future be promoters of the virtualization of Italian pipe organs of particular value and interest.
Unfortunately, we must communicate that the current socio-health situation forces us to cautiously delay future sampling sessions - some were scheduled for the month of November - postponing them to the end of the current acute phase of CoVid19 infections in Italy.
Naturally, as is the nature of the project, we intend to honor every request received as far as possible: the samples are only deferred but will be planned as soon as the evolution of the situation allows for safe transfers.
On the initiative of Mario Antonelli, sampling sessions were carried out at the Prospero Foglia 1879 organ of the Pieve di S. Giorgio in Inzino (Brescia), an excellent example of late 19th-century Lombard organ building.
The audio recordings were made in the period 11-14 October 2020; for the first time, the six-channel technique was used. The processing of the set is queued to the other virtual instruments currently being worked on.
The processing of the sample set of Malpaga's Marzoli & Rossi 1908 is almost finished, and the relative information page has been published .
The release of the sample set is expected as soon as the testing phase is completed.
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The production of the sample set of Malpaga's Marzoli & Rossi 1908, which is expected to be released by the end of summer, is continuing.
The long processing of the Zanin set of the church of the SS Annunziata in Bologna also continues, whose publication is expected no earlier than several months.
We remind our readers that the news on the sample sets in progress shown on this page are only indicative, especially as regards the release times: for more precise information we recommend waiting for the publication of the specific page relating to each set.
ANDREA BONZI - SAMPLE SET PER HAUPTWERK wishes all readers a Happy Sacred Triduum and Happy Easter: the memory of the Easter celebrations can be a reason for hope in this troubled time.
Since the end of February, audio has been available on Contrebombarde with the sample sets published so far and also with the beta version of the Zanin organ in Bologna - work still in progress.
Here are the links to the respective pages: the list is updated with each new entry.
ANDREA BONZI - SAMPLE SET PER HAUPTWERK announces the awaited publication - free of charge - of the sample set for Hauptwerk of the prestigious organ Andrea Luigi and Giuseppe II Serassi 1791 of the church of SS. Annunziata in Serina (Bergamo).
It is, at least to our knowledge, the first sample set for Hauptwerk in which a Serassian organ - in addition to being meticulously reproduced in its original state - has extensions both in the keyboard and pedal range and in the stop list, as widely described in the presentation page - from which you can send a request for download.
We hope that the set will be widely distributed and will be satisfying for users who want to download it.
Despite what was communicated last month, we are pleased to announce the publication of a new free set: this is the replica of the valuable Serassi 1791 from the parish church of Serina (Bergamo).
The set, already produced in 2013, has been completely reworked and we have decided to publish it free of charge as it is presented only in stereo version (with a very direct recording; the four-channel version is under processing, with the same criterion adopted for the Costa Serina).
It is also our interest to spread the first sample set of an ancient Italian organ with "targeted" extensions - both in the range of keyboards and pedals and in the stop list - which allow the use of its splendid sounds for most of the classical repertoire, overcoming the known technical limits of our historical instruments: from this point of view we warmly invite future users to give us feedback.
The new year opens with a communication about our activity and upcoming publications of sample sets for Hauptwerk.
After having thoroughly documented ourselves on the subject, we are forced to recognize that the current Italian tax legislation effectively makes any attempt at a commercial project regarding the publication of the sample sets impossible, imposing charges incompatible with the modest volumes of activity in this sector.
The production of sample sets of high quality standards requires a number of hours of work quantifiable for each of several tens to many hundreds: an expensive work, compared to which we are in fact unable to obtain a fair economic recognition - not allowed also in the form of a free offer.
We therefore find ourselves having to decide with regret to postpone the publication of further sets of samples until a satisfactory solution is found.
We are sure of the understanding from the readers who have trusted us by appreciating the two free sets produced so far; we hope to be able to resume publications soon and for this reason we will still give information on the processing of the sets initially planned.
ANDREA BONZI - SAMPLE SET PER HAUPTWERK offers all readers and users of the virtual organs so far published a warm wish for a Merry Christmas, thanking for the many messages of appreciation received so far.
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After a significant restyling organitaliani.andreabonzi.it is online with a new graphic design and above all with new content.
The presentation page of the sample sets for Hauptwerk is flanked by information spaces concerning the production or programming of new sets or more generally the world of Hauptwerk.
We wish all those who follow us a good read!
The release of version V of the most popular pipe organ emulation software seems imminent. Reading on the net you can see some concern from users about the change of the license system: change that does not only concern the software but also all those third-party sample sets that currently use dongle licenses.
These sets will no longer be compatible with the new version and this seems to arouse perplexity in those who have often bought them at a high price.
Given the uncertainty that still surrounds the new version, its publication and issues related to the license It is our decision that the sample sets presented on this site remain compiled for Hauptwerk v. 4.21; since they do not have a protective license, they will still be able to be loaded without problems even in Hauptwerk V if users wish to do so.
Thanks to the interest of M.° Gabriele Giunchi sampling sessions were carried out at the Zanin organ of the Annunziata church (1962, III / 46), at the Steinmeyer of the Methodist church (1931, II / 15) and at the positive organ P. Ott 1972 owned by M.° Giunchi himself.
The preliminary elaborations are very promising especially for the Zanin organ, inserted in an ambience with very rich and balanced acoustics.
The release of the new sets is expected in 2020: follow the updates!