Updated January 2023

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After the Antegnati's organ of Bellinzona, Ticino, Switzerland sample set, Tarcisio Ferrari offers us another instrument: the Carlen organ of the Saint-Hippolyte Catholic Church of Vouvry, Valais.
He granted AOEV the authorization of presenting and promoting this Hauptwerk sample set. Look at his website.

The church

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The current church is a construction dating from 1819 to 1822, in style imitating the Italian baroque churches. The bell tower of the 15th century was preserved. If the Gothic church was destroyed, fragments are preserved (door frame in the South, a window frame in the sacristy and especially a double stained glass placed high in the choir, this double stained glass dates back to 1488-96 and represents one of the few stained glass windows of the 15th century well preserved). The current church is dedicated to Saint Hippolyte, bishop of Sion. (according to "orgues et vitraux. ch")

Presentation of the organ


The Vouvry organ is one of the greatest historical instruments in Valais. It was built by the Valaisman Jean-Batptiste Carlen, from Naters, in 1822 - 1831 but it could include older elements of a first instrument made by his father Felix Alois Carlen (1734 - 1816). He added a 16' cornet and the missing notes of the first short octave. The Carlens is a family of Valaisan organists makers from Reckingen, who built many organs throughout Valais but also in other cantons. The organ of Vouvry had to undergo transformations: "baroquisation", modernization in 1957. All these attempts did nothing but distort the beautiful instrument. During the last restoration of the church (1979-80), the Valaisan Füglister Organs Factory completely restored this instrument by restoring its composition of original stops. The case also received sculptural elements inspired by those of origin, from the "Positif de dos". Füglister discovered, by dismantling this organ, that the realized composition of the stops was not exactly that envisaged in the estimate.
The current 5-row Cornet is as follows: 16 ', 8', 5 1/3 ', 4', 3 1/5 '. The organ of Vouvry, with its unusual sound palette, is a synthesis between the German, Italian and French organs. We find here parallels with the famous organs of the Mooser factor of Friborg who lived during the same period (according to " orgues et vitraux. ch")


The current composition is as follows:

Main (54 keys: Bourdon 16', Principal 8', Gambe 8', Flūte harmonique 8', Flūte (conique) 8', Octave 4', Flūte harmonique 4', Flūte (conique) 4', Nazard 2 2/3, Superoctave 2', Flageolet 2', Tierce 1 3/5', Fourniture 2 1/3' (based on 8'), Cornet 16', Trompette 8', Clairon 4'.
(54 keys: Bourdon 8', Gambe 8', Principal 4', Copel 4', Flūte 4', Flageolet 2'.
(17 keys): Principal 16', Soubasse 16', Basse (flūte) 8', Mixture 3 1/3', Trompette 8' (bass- discant)

The coupling of the two keyboards is drawer. GO / P coupler by double valves.

An extended version of the sample set, authorizing a more extended repertoire (over all French Baroque music) is available. The new stops are:
Grand-Orgue: Voix humaine 8' (borrowed from Giubiasco's sample set, courtesy of Piotr Grabowski
Positif de dos: Quinte 2 2/3', Cimbale 2 sterks, Cromorne 8' (free adaptation of the cromorne of an Isnard instrument for GrandOrgue, under GNU license), Clarinetto 8'
Récit: Bourdon 8', Flūte 4', cornet 8'
Bombarde 16', Clairon 4'
Some demos to listen to:
With Hauptwerk 4:
- played by Tarcisio Ferrari: Petrali, Elevazione - Brahms, Herzlich tu mich verlangen and Fugue - Widor, Symphonie 1
N. de Grigny: a solis ortus
Sous Hauptwerk 5:
With Hauptwerk 5:
played by Dominique Dantand: Gasparini - Benaut - Magnificat de Lasceux - Concerto in g minor
- played by Jean-Pļerre Silvestre: Bagatelle de Beethoven and 6 pieces by Julius Andre
Compare with this recording of the real organ.
Extended version: listen 'B. Storace Variazoni sulla Monica' (http://www.antegnati.com/vouvry.html)
- played by Jean-Pļerre Silvestre: Zelenski, canon et prélude pastoral
- played by Dominique Dantand: Monsieur Leclerc, Magnificat du 2č ton
About the sample set

The sample set can be installed using  Hauptwerk, version 4.2 and later. It is neither encrypted nor protected by a licence. Reuse of the samples nevertheless requires the authorization of the AOEV.
The sample set is available in wave format 48kHz/24-bit (to be used by every one), stereo, multiple loops and multiple releases (3 levels). The long natural reverb 4.5 s reflects the original acoustics of the church. Original inegal temperament, A = 431.5 Hz. The sample set has three variants: an original stereo version, an extended stereo version and a 4-channel surround version (Main: near the organ bench and Rear: near the tribune becoming semi-dry if the rear channels are not loaded. Two sliders allow the metering of the channels, with the mouse wheel.
RAM requirement:

- Stereo version :

    16-bit: 2.3 GB

    20-bit: 3.9 GB
- Extended stereo version :
    24-bit: 5.50 GB
    16-bit: 2,.3 GB

    it can be easily   loaded 16-bit on a 8 GB RAM computer

- Surround version 4 channels
    16-bit: de 4.70 GB (minimum) to 7.42 GB (maximum)
    20-bit: 12.82 GB
13.97 GB
- Extended surround version 4 channels:
It can be used with a 16 GB computer, for example Near 20-bit and Rear 16-bit. The 32 GB computers can load it 24-bit.

Accessing the sample-set

The sample set can be obtained by sending an email to Tarcisio Ferrari (postmaster@antegnati.com)
. Its very democratic price is € 60. Part of the profits will be donated to the parish for the maintenance of the instrument.


Thanks to Tarcisio Ferrari who made this sample set, with the local help of, the parish of Vouvry as well as Alain Grandchamp and Alexandre Mariaux. Their assistance has been invaluable.

plan of the church of Vouvry