Göteborgs Konserthus Romantic Rarities

Event has already taken place. A programme rich in variety as the magnificent Concert Hall organ brings Grande Pièce Symphonique to life, with organist Mikael Wahlin at the keys.

Concert length: 1 h Scene: Stora salen
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With a varied programme built around César Franck’s Grande Pièce Symphonique, Mikael Wahlin provides us with an organ concert filled with romantic rarities.

Organisten Mikael Wahlin sitter vid sitt instrument.

With the composer César Franck (1822-1890), an almost unbroken French tradition of composing organists began. The background to this was the symphonically inspired type of organ that was created by the genius organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll and that came to dominate French organ building during the middle and later part of the 19th century. César Franck’s Grande Pièce Symphonique is included as the second piece from the collection Six Pièces, published in 1868. It consists of a single large movement, but with a clear division into different sections – one of them inspired by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

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Get to know the organist Mikael Wahlin.

Get to know César Franck’s Grande Pièce Symphonique.

Look into the organ

The organ is called the ”Queen of Instruments”, and for good reason: no other acoustic instrument is as varied in sound and dynamics, from the very weakest, solitary note to massive chords that cause vibrations in the floor and walls, which is guaranteed to happen in Stora Salen, the main auditorium in Gothenburg Concert Hall, when the sound from the more than 9,000 organ pipes fills the room! The instrument is so large that some of the organ pipes have been installed beneath the audience in the auditorium – when you sit on the parquet you can feel the vibrations from the bass pipes!

Programme

Calkin Hommage a Mozart 5 min

Wolstenholme Cantilene in A flat major 6 min

Bunk Fantasie Op. 57 13 min

Laurin Divertimento 2 min

Wahlin Divertimento 4 min

Karg-Elert Romantic retrospective view 7 min

César Franck (1822-1890) Grande Pièce Symphonique With César Franck, born in Liège but from 1835 with Paris as his home town, an almost unbroken French tradition of composing organists began that continues to this day. The background was the symphonically inspired type of organ that was created by the genius organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll and that came to dominate French organ building during the middle and later part of the 19th century. Franck was the organist of the newly built church of St. Clotilde where Cavaillé-Coll built an organ in 1859 which for Franck became a source of inspiration for twelve important organ works, works which are now cornerstones in the repertoire of all organists. Grande Pièce Symphonique is included as the second piece from the collection Six Pièces, published in 1868. It consists of a single large movement, but with a clear division into different sections. After a slow introduction, a powerful Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso follows with a theme reminiscent of the main theme of the first movement from the orchestral symphony of 1888. The next movement, a cantabile Andantino, breaks off in the middle of a scherzo-like section with refined undulating lines and mysterious-sounding registration. The Andantino's beautiful solo is played first on the organ's Cromorne and later on the celestial Voix Céleste. Then follows a transition in which Franck takes inspiration from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and allows the main theme of each previous section to speak again, something he also does in the orchestral symphony. In the last part, we hear the theme from the first allegro as a solemn hymn in F sharp major and with wandering movements in the pedal. The work ends with a shorter fugato and a brilliant, orchestral colored finale. The manuscript, which is preserved in the Museum of Musikkulturens Främjande in Stockholm, is dated 16 September 1863 with a dedication to the eccentric pianist and composer Charles-Valentin Alkan. HANS FAGIUS

Participants

Organist Mikael Wahlin has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm in Copland's Symphony and with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in Jongens Symphonie Concertante. Wahlin has initiated new music for organ and cello and received a prize for his own work in the Edward Vincent Organ Foundation's competition for new Swedish organ works. In addition to album recordings, he has made a large number of recordings for Sveriges Radio. Mikael Wahlin works as a lecturer in organ playing at Marie Cederschiöld University in Stockholm. Mikael Wahlin studied at the University of Music in Gothenburg and after his studies participated successfully in international organ competitions. In 1989 he received first prize in interpretation in St Albans, England. Wahlin has performed in venues such as Riverside Church in New York, Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, Birmingham Town Hall, McEwan Hall and St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Hull City Hall, Chartres Cathedral, St Bavo in Haarlem and the Dome in Magdeburg.

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