I am encouraging the compilation of a list of specifically inspirational instruments and have included it and given a link back to this thread from http://www.organmatters.co.uk/index.php/board,6.0.html

Inspirational instruments of a more specialised nature include Albi Cathedral, St Maximin and now Rieti - and of a totally different genre, San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice on account of the perfection of placement and acoustic there.

It's wonderful to have the heads up on this instrument at Riga as so many of us outside the Nordic world would have never have known about it otherwise. Thanks so much for drawing attention to it here.

As a matter of insterest, hotels for the inauguration of the Reiti instrument are totally full. Perhaps if organs can be known to be good for tourism, perhaps even the metaphirical accountants, bank managers and musically indifferent philistines of various sorts who worship only Beelzebub might sit up and take notice of great organs as being good for business!

(Sorry - this is not intended as a class insult to accountants and bank managers but there are many in our age who have lost touch with anything other than the rat race of our so-called civilisation that ignores culture and the heritage of the wonderful things around that our predecessors left for us for our benefit.)

However, the bottom line is that organs have to be seen as being a good investment. In England too many are scrapped, allowed to fall into terminal decay or "replaced" by electronics on account of so-called economy or greed of space.

When people hear such organs as this at Riga, it must inspire appreciation of the King of Instruments and the desire to maintain and build new instruments. Personally, I am not inspired by St Paul's cathedral in London - it is poorly sited and does not speak with a clear direct voice, masked by acoustics and delivering mood tone colours as anything approaching melody or rhythm merely swirls around from the darkness of a cavern. Although the initial trumpet fanfare of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDEClOtNZbU is clear, beyond 1:10 there's a lot of confusion. In such national cathedrals the siting of an instrument must be West End for integration of the organ, the music and the acoustic. Perhaps this, in addition to size and tonal variety, might lead to the supremacy of Riga?

Best wishes

David P