The Organs in the Cathedral in Mexico City are unique for the grandeur of their dimensions, the magnificent artistry of their cases, and the mastery and skill of the men who brought these talents together. These are superb instruments, of enormous artistic and historical interest. They are a true reflection of the great prestige and high quality which organ building achieved in 18th century Mexico.
These organs have been kept in good condition for centuries and even after a fire swept through the Cathedral in 1967, they were properly restored. Only the voicing was not done in accordance with the style of the instruments; it seemed a little too muffled and lacked the energy and brilliance along with a gentleness which were significant features in 17th and 18th century organ on the Iberian Peninsula. Unfortunately, during some recent repair work, water leaked in and this was very harmful to the organs. In order to recover the outstanding Gospel Organ with its 3 manuals and 57 stops, we had to start from the beginning an restore the entire instrument. The leathers had to be replaced because they were in very poor condition.
Restoration was also necessary on the magnificent case with its double façade. Now this organ sounds strong and full, producing a rich palette of colours as it fills the immense naves of the Cathedral.