I am delighted to announce that I will start teaching organ part-time at Georgia State University this fall. I am excited about joining such a great school & faculty, and look very forward to working with the students!
There are a few choice organs in the world whose encounter is a life changing experience. Today I would like to share my impressions from one such instrument, the majestic Sauer organ in Berlin Cathedral.
Here are a couple of pictures from last week's trip to Berlin: the cathedral is absolutely stunning (not just the organ!), and a great example of monarchistic architecture - one does indeed wonder who was worshipped here: God or Emperor Wilhelm II? The view from the dome is fantastic, especially of the 'Rote Rathaus' (red town hall), and the Reichstag (parliament).
Excerpts from my concert on the outstanding Sauer organ (Reger, Wagner, Mendelssohn & Bach) are available here.
Sauer Organ (IV/113, built in 1905)
On August 4, 2017, I gave a recital on the stunning Sauer organ in Berlin's Cathedral. Built in 1905, this instrument with 113 stops on four manuals is Wilhelm Sauer's largest organ. Everything is kept in its original condition, including the tubular pneumatic action, the three free combinations, and the 'Walze'.
I had a terrific time on the Jehmlich organ (III/56 stops) in Schneeberg's Cathedral: it's a powerful instrument in a stunning acoustic - just listen to these big chords at the beginning and end of Rheinberger's Introduktion & Passacaglia rolling back and forth in the nave, but also to the very poetic Doppelflöte in Reger's Benedictus - it was a real treat, and I hope you'll enjoy listening to these two excerpts from Saturday's concert!
In addition to the magnificent Jehmlich organ, Schneeberg has a lot to offer: Cranach altar from 1539 in the cathedral, picturesque buildings in the city center, and the beautiful countryside are just some of its highlights...
Dieterich Buxtehude, organist at St. Mary's Church in Lübeck from 1668 until his death in 1707, composed some of the most stunning organ works of the 17th century, which greatly influenced the young Bach.
The glorious Praeludium in d, BuxWV 140, is an outstanding example of the North German organ school: it was inspired by the magnificent organs that Buxtehude had at his disposal in St. Mary's, and the rich cultural life in Lübeck—a proud member of the Hanseatic league.
Abendmusiken Concert Series
Franz Tunder had initiated the practice of giving (organ) concerts for businessmen before the opening of the stock exchange as early as 1646. It was only under his successor Buxtehude, however, that the Abendmusiken developed
Widor's Toccata is by far the most favorite Easter Postlude—and for a very good reason! But what about considering Charles Tournemire's stunning improvisation on Victimae paschali as an equally compelling (if not superior) alternative?
Recordings of a Master Improviser
Maurice Duruflé once said about his improvisation lessons with Tournemire that he felt like "sitting on a volcano about to erupt!" This colorful image gives a perfect description of the Victimae, one of five improvisations that Tournemire recorded in 1930 on the legendary 1859 Cavaillé-Coll organ at St. Clotilde (where César Franck had served as the first titular organist). Clearly, Tournemire's "poetical, capricious, and tumultuous imagination" was in full swing during this recording session.
The recordings also allow us a rare insight into the ways how one of the great masters of the
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