From May through August 2005, a new Casavant organ was installed and voiced in the Sanctuary of The Brick Church. This instrument of four manuals and 118 ranks (6,288 pipes) is one of New York City's landmark organs. It has few peers in North America as it accurately reproduces the sounds of the great 19th century French organs, especially those built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. This organ is a gift of an anonymous donor in honor of former Senior Minister Dr. Herbert B. Anderson and his wife, Mary Lou S. Anderson.This organ was designed by Jean-Louis Coignet, the world's leading authority on Cavaillé-Coll and the French Symphonic organ. Dr. Coignet collaborated closely with Keith S. Tóth in all aspects of the design, construction and voicing of this instrument. In this organ, master organ voicer Jean-Sébastien Dufour successfully reproduced the sounds of a late French Symphonic organ. The Brick Church organ is the last instrument to be built by Casavant Frères under the direction of Dr. Coignet, Casavant's long-time tonal director. The Brick Church organ represents the summation of Dr. Coignet's lifelong study and research into the French Symphonic organ and the work of the famed 19th-century Parisian organbuilder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Since its installation, the Anderson organ has seen two commercial recordings: "Stephen Tharp plays the Anderson Organ" (JAV Recordings) and "The Complete Organ Works of Marcel Dupré, vol. 11" played by Dutch organist, Ben van Oosten (MD&G label). Both CDs are available through various classical CD websites.
Specification of the 4 Manual and Pedal,
118 Rank Casavant Frères Organ, opus 3837
For the Sanctuary of The Brick Presbyterian Church
Grand-Orgue (Manual I):
Bourdon 32', Montre 16', Bourdon 16', Montre 8', Salicional 8', Bourdon 8', Prestant 4', Quinte 2 2/3', Doublette 2', Grande Fourniture III-VII (2 2/3'), Fourniture II-V (1 1/3'), Cymbale III-IV (1'), Basson 16', Baryton 8'
Grand-Chœur (Manual I):
Violonbasse 16, Flûte harmonique 8', Violon 8', Flûte octaviante 4', Grand Cornet V (16'), Cornet V (8'), Bombarde 16', Trompette 8', Clairon 4'
Positif expressif (Manual II):
Quintaton 16', Principal 8', Dulciane 8', Unda maris 8', Flûte harmonique 8', Bourdon 8', Prestant 4', Flûte douce 4', Nasard 2 2/3', Flageolet 2', Tierce 1 3/5', Larigot 1 1/3', Septième 1 1/7', Piccolo 1', Plein-Jeu II-V (1 1/3'), Clarinette basse 16', Trompette 8', Cromorne 8', Clarinette soprano 4', Tremblant doux
Récit expressif (Manual III):
Bourdon 16', Diapason 8', Flûte traversière 8', Viole de gambe 8', Voix céleste 8', Cor de nuit 8', Voix éolienne 8' (a chimney flute that celestes with the Cor de nuit 8' as in St-Ouen in Rouen), Fugara 4', Flûte octaviante 4', Nasard 2 2/3', Octavin 2', Cornet harmonique II-V (8'), Plein-Jeu II-V (2'), Bombarde 16', Trompette harmonique 8', Basson-Hautbois 8', Voix humaine 8', Clarinette 8', Clairon harmonique 4', Sostenuto, Tremblant (à vent perdu)
Solo expressif (Manual IV):
Flûte majeure 8', Flûte célestes II (8'), Violoncelle 8', Céleste 8', Viole d'amour 4', Flûte de concert 4', Nasard harmonique 2 2/3', Octavin 2', Tierce harmonique 1 3/5', Piccolo harmonique 1', Clochette harmonique 1/3', Tuba magna 16', Cor de Basset 16', Tuba mirabilis 8', Cor français 8', Cor anglais 8', Sostenuto, Tremblant, Clochettes (zimbelstern)
Soubasse 32', Flûte 16', Contrebasse 16', Violonbasse 16' (Grand-Choeur), Soubasse 16', Montre 16' (Grand-Orgue), Bourdon 16' (Positif), Grande Quinte 10 2/3', Flûte 8', Violoncelle 8', Bourdon 8', Grande Tierce 6 2/5', Quinte 5 1/3', Grande Septième 4 4/7', Octave 4', Flûte 4', Cor de nuit 2', Contre Bombarde 32', Bombarde 16', Basson 16' (Grand-Orgue), Bombarde 16' (Récit), Trompette 8', Baryton 8' (Grand-Orgue), Clairon 4', Effet d'orage (thunder pedal)
All pipework is new except for the Solo division's Flûte célestes II, Cor français, and Cor anglais. The Flûte célestes II and Cor français are from the 1940 Ernest Skinner organ that preceded the 1964 Austin organ at The Brick Church. The Cor anglais is a free-reed stop that was constructed in France during the late 19th century. This stop, from an early Casavant organ, was given to Brick Church by the late organ builder Guy Thérien.