After Two Centuries of Silence, the Organs in Peru's Cusco Cathedral Resound Again

Classic Arts News   After Two Centuries of Silence, the Organs in Peru's Cusco Cathedral Resound Again
 
The two historic organs in the cathedral of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and a major center in colonial Peru, have been restored and were inaugurated with a gala concert on June 11, reports Agence France-Presse.

The instruments in Cusco's massive stone cathedral, which was begun in 1559 and completed in 1664, fell into disrepair by the early 19th century due to earthquake damage and disuse. French, Peruvian and Chilean craftsmen began restoration work on the organs in November 2005; the inaugural concert featured French organists Francis Chapelet and Uriel Valadeau performing Baroque works from Europe and Latin America.

The restoration was funded by the Archdiocese of Cusco and the French Embassy in Peru, among others. The organs will be used for teaching local musicians and playing newly-rediscovered Latin American Baroque repertoire, according to AFP.


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