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Organ Inauguration: Romance and Experiments

The Concert Hall’s new organ explores the unrivalled romantic tradition of the French and the unquenchable thirst for experimentation of the modernists!

Organ Inauguration: Romance and Experiments

The Concert Hall’s new organ explores the unrivalled romantic tradition of the French and the unquenchable thirst for experimentation of the modernists!

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The French were experts of the romantic organ, both in terms of construction and composition. The Concert Hall’s new organ explores that expertise during this evening’s concert. Enjoy a surge of sound by romantic Guilmant – who, incidentally, inspired Elfrida Andrée, organist of the Gothenburg Cathedral. Maurice Duruflé, a member of the next generation, then took the French tradition to another level with his skill and bravado. This work stands in stark contrast to that of experimental modernists Bengt Hambraeus and Hungarian György Ligeti, not to mention the premiere of a piping-hot new organ work.

The organ is called the “queen of instruments” and for a good reason: no other acoustic instrument is so varied in sound and dynamics, from the weakest, solitary tone to massive chords that make it vibrate in floors and walls. Finally, it’s time to experience just this in the Great Hall when the sound from the more than 9000 organ pipes fills the room. Powerful!

Organ Curiosities 17.00-17.30

Hear guests from the inauguration programmes give additional dimensions to the concert, the organ and the organ music in a free conversation led by Erik Risberg. A warm welcome to the Great Hall 17.00-17.30.

The new Concert Hall Organ

Gothenburg Concert Hall has received a new world-class concert hall organ, thanks to the collaboration between the real estate company Higab, the Gothenburg’s international organ academy and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. For ten days, the over 9000 organ pipes sound when the new organ is celebrated with international soloists, premieres, organ concert with orchestra, organ marathon with participants from Västra Götaland’s 49 municipalities and live broadcasts on GSOplay. Secure your seat to the première concerts 15-24 october and be among the first to experience the powerful sounds vibrate in Gothenburg Concert Hall!

Konserthusorgeln syns mellan lammellerna längst fram i konsertsalen, ovanför scenen. På scenen står en man och blickar upp mot orgeln.

Programme


Guilmant Introduction and Allegro from Organ Sonata No 1
12 min


Herchenröder Northern Lights
12 min


Hambraeus Introitus from Missa pro organo, in memoriam Olivier Messiaen för orgel
8 min


Andrée Cantilena
4 min


Isaksson Span
10 min


Ligeti Volumina
15 min


Duruflé Sicilienne And Toccata from Suite For Organ Op.5
15 min


Participants


Magnus Kjellson orgel


Karin Nelson orgel


Hans Davidsson orgel


Hans-Ola Ericsson orgel


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