The Benedictine Abbey of Solignac
founded in 631. Its current church was built in the 12th and 13th centuries, surrounded by convent buildings from the 17th. Suppressed during the French Revolution and used as a porcelain factory until 1931, the former Abbey church is known as an exceptional example of Romanesque architecture and has been designated a National Historic Monument.
The organ of Abbey comes from the Scholasticate of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Liège and was built by an unknown organ builder from the first half of the 17th century. Restored in 1825, it was transferred in 1933 to France, to Brosse-Monceaux, then around 1945 to Solignac. The Oblates then donated it to the municipality of Solignac. More or less abandoned in a side chapel, the organ was saved from ruin by a team of enthusiasts, with the help of the General Council of Haute-Vienne. Listed as a Historic Monument for the piping and the mechanism, the organ was finally very carefully restored in 1984-85 by organ builders Boisseau and Cattiaux, who built a new case and added a Vox-humana. All the pipes are original and have hardly been touched up, as well as the chests. This makes it a precious testimony to these small French-style organs, with a single keyboard, most of which were demolished during the revolution of 1789 or transformed in a romantic way. (Gérard Lefranc).
The recording was made by Sébastian Halas
in 2018 and he made the Grandorgue version. I made the sample using the Grandorgue version, with permission from Sébastian.
The following friends helped me to make and publish the sample set (in alphabetical order): Dominique Dantand, Gérard Lefranc, István Nagy, and Jean-Pierre Silvestre. If something's done well, it's thanks to them. Thank you for their work.