In 1974, François Kopp bought the Becquart carousel no.1 with
LHXXX from Pierre Jansens, who was married to Albert Becquart's
sister and travelled with the ride after Albert's death. Mr.Kopp
now travels mainly the southern part of France and Luxembourg.
Sadly, the organ has lost a lot of its glory, and the mechanics
need some reparation.
All these flaws can be heard on the recordings released by
François Kopp. But even if the organ isn't in top condition,
the recordings itself are of good quality and they contain an
interesting repertoire and often good arrangements.
Below are given the details of the three CD's released by Mr.Kopp
Plein Vent. However, note that volumes 1 and 2 were previously
released on LP in 1981 (on two seperate LPs ánd as a double LP;
the two separate LPs were released on the SRC-label and have
the numbers 371 654 and 622 588). Unfortunately, some titles
on these first two volumes were already released on previous
records, when the organ was still in possession of Albert Becquart.
Please note also that on the first release of CD 9240 (= vol.1)
a lot of titles and composer's names have been misspelled; most
of these mistakes were 'corrected' on the second release as far
as the titles is concerned.
Volume 3 of the CD-series was released in 1993; although the organ is functioning
better now, it is badly out of tune. The CD-booklet contains some (but little)
information on the history and disposition of the organ - information which
was literally taken from the back of a record of the LH518 "Senior" (VEGA
LPX466), which indeed has by mistake the information of the LHXXX on the back
side of the sleeve.
When the recordings for the third CD were made, preparations were also made
for a fourth CD which has been released, but is only available in a box set with volume 3. Some tunes on the track list have wrongfully been marked as "unknown".