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Bamboo Organ


Bamboo Organ / Douglas Lawrence and the Manila Chamber Orchestra

  • Published by Move Records [MD3136] — 1 CD
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Manila's suburb of Las Piñas boasts the world's only organ with pipes made from bamboo. The fascinating story of the organ from its conception by the Spanish missionary Fr. Diego Cera in 1816 through many competent and incompetent repairs and restorations to its complete restoration by German organ builders is related in the programme notes. As well as demonstrating the full potential of the instrument with different solo pieces and Handel's Organ Concerto in G minor, Douglas Lawrence interviews Fr. Leo Renier (who was responsible for the restoration of the organ) on a bonus second CD.

The bonus CD also includes a QuickTime movie suitable for playback on Windows and Macintosh computers.


Track Listing

Sonate d'intavoltura per organo e cimbalo (Zipoli)
Musicalische Sterbens-Gedanken (Pachelbel)
Small Prelude 5 in C Major BWV 943 (Bach)
Chorale Prelude on Jesu meine Zuversicht BWV 728 (Bach)
Fughetta on Ach Gott un Herr (Walther attrib. Bach)
Fughetta on Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott (Bach)
Two Sarabandes (Couperin)
Branle de Basque (Couperin)
Chaconne (Couperin)
Organ Concerto in G minor, Op. 4 No. 1 (Handel)


Press Quotes

“a most interesting CD to listen to ... It should be a MUST in the collections of all organ music lovers.”

The Organ Voice

“a highly significant release ... a model of informative, beautifully illustrated and thoroughly documented presentation. The album is a delight in every way ... excellent performances by Douglas Lawrence ... a most welcome addition”


“This is a recording that will give great delight to the listener. The music and sound of the organ are charming and captured extremely well ... The playing is stylish, with nice ornamentation, clear articulation and varied registration ... Move and Douglas Lawrence are to be congratulated on a significant achievement.”

— John Maidment, OHTA Journal

“pleasing and sensitive playing ... a most interesting CD to listen to ... It should be a MUST in the collections of all organ music lovers.”

— David Vann, The Organ Voice, Organ Society of Queensland

“a most interesting and satisfying production. Well worth adding to your collection.”

— Greg Crawford, Organ Music Society of Adelaide


— Bruce Steele, Organo Pleno

“What fun!”

— Kay McLennan, ABC Classic FM


— Chris Copas, The Star

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