The organ in Lübeck Cathedral was built in 1970 with 47 stops on the Great organ, Rückpositive, Oberwerk (in swell, behind Prinzipal 4') and pedal. The church's earlier organs were destroyed in bombing raids in 1942, including the richly decorated baroque façade of the Schnitger organ, which was placed on a gallery in the western part of the cathedral. When the cathedral was rebuilt, the Marcussen organ was placed in the north aisle of the church. From this position, the organ achieves a better contact in relation to the performance of the service, and the reverberation time in the enormous church space is shorter. The organ's layout and architecture are austere and minimalist. The architects Sandtmann and Grundmann were responsible for the reconstruction and furnishing of the church.
Keyboard compass: C-g"' C-f '
Key action: mechanical
Stop action: Electric
Couplers: RP/HV, OV/HV, OV/RP, RP/P, HV/P, OV/P
Combinations: 3 x 640
Tremulants: RP, OV
Number of stops: 47 + Nightingale, Zimbelstern
The result is extremely successful and it feels a lot like a whole new instrument. A few components are reused. The Marcussen team has succeeded in creating a perfect connection between old and new. The tonal fusion is perfect, and the large and colorful outline gives almost unprecedented possibilities of expression in both liturgical and concerts. A few disparities of the previous instrument have been eliminated, and all the works of the organ now appear well balanced and in harmony.
The craftsmanship of the restoration / reconstruction is convincing and the work is done with accomplished and in the right" spirit "- done with great experience, understanding and consciousness of traditions. With the special dimensions and very long mechanical connections, the organ has always been demanding to play. With the recent work done the pipe organ is - probably better than ever – and it that corresponds naturally to the rich, healthy and solid sound impressions.
The competent, very patient-minded intonation work deserves great praise.
The results of the restoration are in every way extremely successful"
“The craftsmanship and the materials used are of high class and nothing is left to chance. The sound is in perfect balance - a tone that is nuanced in relation to the size of the organ, where both registrations and tutti are characterized by fullness, breadth and gravity - and by great beauty
The unique Marcussen character is not to be mistaken. This pipe organ has got its own unique personality and is to be considered among the best of international concert hall organs. The result is not perceived a copy or a compromise, but as a coherent whole of "universal" character.
The intonation work is done at the highest level; the organ sounds convincingly big - but in addition simply remarkably beautiful.