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Konzerthaus Berlin: Organ Lesson on Holy Saturday

Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin — Großer Saal

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About the Event

In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of classical music by Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, Olivier Messiaen, Sigfrid Karg‐Elert, Herbert Howells and Philipp Maintz at Berlin's treasured and world‐renowned Konzerthaus.


  • Herbert Howells – Psalm Prelude über „De profundis“
  • Herbert Howells – „Master Tallis's Testament“
  • Johannes Brahms – Präludium und Fuge g‐Moll
  • Johannes Brahms – Zwei Choralvorspiele aus op. 122 („Herzlich tut mich erfreuen“ op. 122 Nr. 4 und „Herzlich tut mich verlangen“ op. 122 Nr. 10)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach – „Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir“ — Choralbearbeitung (con pedale doppio) BWV 686
  • Philipp Maintz – choralvorspiel IX („erbarm dich mein, o herre gott“)
  • Olivier Messiaen – „Institution de l'Eucharistie“ (Die Einsetzung des Abendmahls) aus „Livre du Saint Sacrement“
  • Sigfrid Karg‐Elert – „The Soul of the Lake“ und „Hymn to the Stars“ aus „Sieben Pastelle vom Bodensee“ op. 96
Program is subject to change


Organ player: Henry Fairs

Konzerthaus Berlin

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.


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