About the Event
In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of classical organ music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Johann Sebastian Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude, Max Reger and Marcel Dupré at Berlin's treasured and world‐renowned Konzerthaus.
- Dieterich Buxtehude – Magnificat primi toni BuxWV 203
- Johann Sebastian Bach – Drei Choralbearbeitungen über „Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland“ BWV 659, BWV 660 und BWV 661
- Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – Ouvertüre zum Oratorium „Paulus“ op. 36, für Orgel übertragen von William Thomas Best
- Marcel Dupré – "Die Welt in Erwartung des Erlösers" aus „Symphonie‐Passion“ op. 23
- Max Reger – Sonate Nr. 2 d‐Moll op. 60
|Organ player:||Martin Sander|
The Konzerthaus Berlin is a concert hall situated on the Gendarmenmarkt, the most beautiful square in the city. Built in 1821, the structure initially served as a theater. Severely damaged in the Second World War, it was rebuilt as a concert hall in 1977, with a neoclassical interior, and changed its name to reflect its new function in 1994. Consistently numbered among the top five concert halls in the world, the Konzerthaus hosts around 500 performances every year, ranging from symphony and chamber concerts featuring international stars to new music and children's concerts.
Johann Sebastian Bach
The name Bach and the word musician had long been synonyms in Germany as the world saw 56 musicians from this kin. But it was Johann Sebastian Bach, a genius composer and virtuoso organ player, who shed lustre on his family name. He was born on th 31st of March 1685 in Eisenach, a small town in Thuringia. At the age of 10 he became an orphan and was brought up by his elder brother Johann Christoph, who was an organist in a neighbouring town. His brother was the one to teach music to the young Johann Sebastian. Later he moved to Luneburg where he attended a church school and mastered the techniques of playing violin, viola, piano and organ by the age of 17. Besides that, Bach was a choir singer and later after his voice broke he became a chanter’s assistant. In 1703 Bach was hired as a court musician in the chapel of Duke Johann Ernst III. He earned such a good reputation there that he was later invited to Arnstadt to be an organist at the New Church, where he wrote his best organ works. In 1723 he moved to Leipzig to be a chantor at St. Thomas Church where he stayed until his death of a stroke in 1750. In the year of his death he had undergone unsuccessful eye surgery which lead him to lose his eyesight. During that strenuous time his second wife Anna Magdalena helped him to write his last musical pieces. Bach’s artistic legacy is vast. He created compositions in all genres of the time: oratorias, cantatas, masses, motets, music for organ, piano and violin.