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Mar 18

Organ concert

Bamberg, Konzerthalle, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal
17:00 Uhr

Vincent van Gogh put it in a nutshell: »You must never let the fire in your soul go out, but keep fanning the flames.« Our guest artist is the Norwegian organist Nils Henrik Asheim: he’s less interested in the classically schooled performer’s meticulous preparation and organization, than in listening and responding to sound and noise. In his programmes, pitch-dark sonic mixtures are blended with vividly iridescent colours. Today he starts with Haydn’s bewitching miniatures composed for the Flötenuhr, a clockwork mini-organ. Georg Christoph Wagenseil wrote one of the earliest trombone concertos: our Solo Trombonist Angelos Kritikos tackles its virtuoso solo part. Brahms’s variations on the dignified »St. Antoni Chorale« are enchanting. Alexandre Guilmant made an important contribution to France’s distinctive school of romantic symphonic organ music. And Norway’s Geirr Tveitt was tirelessly collected the folk melodies of his native Hardanger – relics of a disappearing way of life. The expressive Ballade by Grieg, the »Nordic Chopin«, also subjects a Norwegian upland tune to variation form. He wrote to a friend that he composed it with »passion, at a time of mourning and despair«.

Nils Henrik Asheim Organ
Angelos Kritikos Trombone

Joseph Haydn Flötenuhrstücke Hob. XIX:1-32 (Auswahl)
Georg Christoph Wagenseil Konzert für Altposaune Es-Dur
Johannes Brahms »Variationen über ein Thema von Haydn« op. 56a, Fassung für Orgel von Lionel Rogg
Alexandre Guilmant »Morceau symphonique« für Posaune und Orgel Es-Dur op. 88
Geirr Tveitt »100 Volkslieder aus Hardanger« op. 101 (Auswahl)
Edvard Grieg Ballade für Klavier g-Moll op. 24, Fassung für Orgel von Nils Henrik Asheim