Les Eaux-Vives, became one of the biggest districts of Geneva, occupy the terminal portion of the left bank of Lake Geneva before the release of the Rhone downstream. The famous Jet d'Eau is located on the territory of Eaux-Vives.
The Protestant Temple des Eaux-Vives was built by the architect Jacques-Louis Staple in 1842. It is neo-Gothic style with stained glass of the glass painters Jacques Wasem and John Graz. Two restorations were made in this place of worship in 1950, then in 1992.
The church's organ was built in 2001 by Gerhard Grenzing who is a famous German organ builder living in Barcelona. This is a typical North German Baroque organ.
Alain Grandchamp recorded the organ. Although this recording was made with care and a high-quality hardware, its treatment was exceptionally difficult and it was thus necessary to slightly limit the precision and the features of the sample-set. Some organs, because of a very noisy and irregular external traffic can not be well sampled. So is this instrument. Also a malicious but enthusiastic small animal (bird or cricket?), singing a strong and strident accompaniment behind some few stops did not facilitate the things either. This sample-set was thus a challenge. The Augustine’s V.O. assumed the finishing of this so ungrateful recording and the making of the sample-set.
Special thanks to Gérard Lefranc and Dominique Dantand. They continually supported my work and effective assistance provided to all phases of making of sample set. The artistic audiodemos created Dominique Dantand and István Nagy.
Geneva (Geneve, Genf) is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and is the most populous city of Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Situated where the Rhone exits Lake Geneva, it is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. The population is almost 200,000.