Babylon und der Rest der Welt
Jens Korndoerfer [had been chosen] to open the Heidenreich-Festival – an excellent choice; an exceptional beginning […]
All of this, as impressive as it is performed, was nothing but an introduction […] to Liszt’s Fantasy, which the artist mastered with bravery and intoxicating temperamental changes. He combined his impressive mastery of the keyboard with a thorough knowledge of alternating and overlapping layers of expression. From dark depths, he let the music rise majestically, then brightened it up, and internalized it again. He contrasted this soliloquy with the pagentry of a parade, the admonishing sermon with the sweetness of enchanted psalm-singing, and – in the sharp rhythms of the fugue – with jagged military preciseness.
Just as he relocated Rachmaninov’s Prelude in c sharp minor from the salon to the church, he seemed to urge Liszt’s symphonic organ poetry from the house of God into the theatre. Indeed, the theme is a hymn from Meyerbeers ‘Le Prophète’ - and Jens Korndörfer at the console of the Heidenreich-organ turned into the conductor of a grand opera.
Der Herr der Orgel spielt „Herr der Ringe“ in Nördlingen
Der Amerikaner, der sonst in Paris oder London auftritt, zeigt, was eine Orgel alles leisten kann. [...]
Die abschließenden „Variations on America“ des amerikanischen Komponisten Charles Ives [...] präsentierte Jens Korndörfer [...] so leichtfüßig, und hintergründig witzig, dass man es durchaus als Satire auf die aktuellen Zustände „on America“ verstehen konnte. Großer Applaus zum Schluss und eine Zugabe zum nochmaligen Zunge schnalzen: „Carillon de Westminster“, wieder von Komponist Louis Vierne und wieder meisterhaft dargeboten von einem Organisten, an den man sich in St. Georg noch lange erinnern wird.
Peter UrbanAugsburger Allgemeine
Glanzvoller Auftritt eines Orgelstars aus Montreal
Glorious performance by a star of the organ from Montreal… The public…was transfixed by the master’s grandiose art… Young and old were visibly fascinated by the modest artist’s performance in Stadthagen.
Himmelstürmend, prachtvoll und vor allem feierlich
Korndoerfer is a thoroughly convincing performer: his technique is accomplished, and at the same time he is sensitive and brilliant. This is organ music as a real treat – and it resonates far beyond the concert.
Astrid MaderMannheimer Morgen
Organist creates waves of excitement.
In this concert, everybody got one’s money worth, for in his musical journey from Bach to Messiaen, Korndoerfer covered the most diverse compositions and styles…
In the last work of the evening, Korndoerfer could once again display his entire skills. Sergei Prokofiev’s Toccata op. 11 in an arrangement by Jean Guillou requires a perfectly polished technique and a high-speed motion sequence for hands and feet, which Korndoerfer mastered to the highest degree.
An unparalleled organist
Jens Korndörfer delivered a brilliant performance at the organ in St. Martin. The artist, who has received numerous awards and honors, captivated his audience by the refinement of his registration, through perfect precision and his musical sensitivity. He elicited colors of sound from the instrument that had not been heard in the last ten years […] The public followed with breathless concentration and rapturous applause, flavoured with shouts of ‘bravo