Prelude and Fugue in E minor BWV 548
Cantabile in B major
Prelude from L'Enfant noir
Suite op. 5
Introduction: 11:15 am
Olivier Latry’s career is truly impressive: at the age of 18 he became the organist at the Cathédrale Saint-Étienne in Meaux; at 23 he won the competition for one of the three titular organist positions at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. In 1990 he succeeded his teacher Gaston Litaize as professor at the Conservatoire in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. Three years later he was appointed to the eminently respected Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique, where he has been teaching young international organists at the Cité de la Musique since. Olivier Latry, who has performed thus far in more than 50 countries on five continents, is a virtuoso ambassador of French organ music from the 17th to 20th centuries and also upholds the great French improvisation tradition – a discipline in which he is considered among the most preeminent personalities of our time. At his philharmonic organ matinee he first performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E minor BWV 548, a monumental work that Philipp Spitta aptly referred to as a “two-movement organ symphony”. Next on the programme is César Franck’s short Cantabile in B major with a middle movement in the form of a canon, as well as the “symphonic fairy tale” L’Enfant noir, one of the last works of French composer Jean-Louis Florentz, who died in 2004 at the age of 57. A finale full of atmosphere will be provided by Maurice Duruflé’s Organ Suite op. 5, whose intimate Sicilienne radiates impressionist magical sound, while the concluding Toccata is reminiscent of a rambunctious Spanish dance.