His graduation concert places heavy emphasis on early music, but his chief guiding principal in developing the programme was to show how the organ evokes the sound of an orchestra from the Baroque period all the way up to the 20th century. Through Johann Sebastian Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E minor, one of his greatest organ works, the audience will get to know the Central German organ school. The first movement of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in D minor contrasts the sound of the organ against an actual orchestra, with the Bacchus Consort joining in to perform the piece. One of Bach's role models was Johann Caspar Fischer, and the concert will feature a harpsichord suite from his Musicalischer Parnassus series. A strong French influence can be detected in the German composer's works, and on the organ, the movements of his suite Urania give the impression of orchestral dances. Gaston Litaize's piece Prélude et danse fuguée refers back to the work by Bach that opened the concert and all but quotes the theme from its fugue.
Opening the second half is a work by Charles Piroye: La Béatitude evokes the sound of a court orchestra from the period of Louis XIV. This is no coincidence, as Piroye was a student of Lully's. The concert will conclude with Romantic works: an organ transcription of the opening movement of Brahms's Symphony No. 4 in E minor, followed by two arias from Rossini's Petite messe solennelle - O salutaris hosti and the monumental closing movement, Agnus Dei - in which the organ performs the role of the orchestra alongside the soloist.
Presented by: Academy of Music, Müpa Budapest
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