Music Center, Helsinki (FI)
The so-called "Music House" was opened in 2011 as a concert hall in Finland's capital. It forms the music centre for the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Sibelius Academy, the only music college in Finland.
This concert hall organ, which is currently under construction, will be spectacular - if only because of its appearance: in front of the general swell, which is almost indispensable for a concert hall, and which projects 14 m high into the hall on two recessed cubes, there is a sculpture made of numerous intertwined pipes, all of which are playable. The design was created in collaboration with Harald Schwarz and Wendelin Eberle.
The organ is also special in terms of sound: 124 stops on four manuals and pedals ensure an extremely rich palette of tonal colours that will meet the demand for authentic stylistic versatility. In the best sense of the word, a large “all-round organ” is being built in the Helsinki Concert Hall.
Diocesan Conservatoire for Church Music, Vienna (AT)
The Diocesan Conservatoire had long wanted an organ on which especially symphonic organ music could be played in lessons, practice sessions and class concerts. This wish was fulfilled with the new Rieger organ in the Conservatoire’s concert hall: The instrument has several very characteristic 8' stops on three manuals and pedals; moreover, the organ’s design was conceived without metal pipes in the facade. This is unusual, but extremely useful for a teaching and practice organ.
The exteriors of the wooden pipes are more robust than metal pipes, and as they stand at ground level, they also hold back a part of the sound, so that one can play for a long time in the small room with powerful registrations.
The coloured pipe shades, which represent sound waves, form a visual focal point.
Cathedral of Our Lady, Luxembourg (LU)
The cathedral organ built by Georges Haupt in 1938, with its great German-Romantic tonal potential, was restored tonally by our team in 2021/22 and technically almost completely rebuilt. In order to ensure better accessibility, the Rieger diaphragm windchests, developed by us, were used, as their characteristics are entirely in line with the style of the time in which the organ was initially built. In addition, we reconstructed several stops that had been removed over the past few decades, and reorganized their composition.
We have also added another positive division on the northern balcony, as well as a second (mobile) console, in which the stop tabs and their arrangement copy the gallery console; however, with a modern, innovative, case design.
Since November 2022, the organ, now with 100 stops on 4 manuals and pedals, has been impressing audiences with its full and warm splendour.
Culture Church Geilo (NO)
The Cultural Church is located on the outskirts of the winter sports resort of Geilo, which is located in southern Norway in the immediate vicinity of two national parks. The building, which was erected as a sculpture of wood, glass and concrete, requires a particularly diverse and musically colourful instrument; with a clever specification, sensitively voiced, and with an individual artistic design.
Rieger Orgelbau built a two-manual organ with 23 stops for the church building, designed by architect, Jorun Westad Brusletto. With its façade pipes freely arranged in circular whirls, which imitate the form of the building and in which the coloured windows are reflected, the organ forms a visual highlight in the church interior. Depending on the various cultural events, from concerts and dance to theatre, the organ can be used in many ways and thus greatly enriches the tonal dimensions of the cultural church.