Organ

Christmas organ matinee

Winfried Bönig has a dream job: Cologne Cathedral organist and one of Germany’s best-known concert organists. Debuting in Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall, he will present a festive pre-Christmas programme “à la française” together with brass players of the Berliner Philharmoniker, with works by Marcel Dupré, Gaston Litaize and Arno Landmann, as well as a composition by Charles-Marie Widor, who seems to reconcile opera and the church with sweeping gestures in a heroically triumphant manner.

Winfried Bönig Organ

Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Jan Schlichte Timpani

Orgel & Blechbläser

Gaston Litaize

Cortège for organ and timpani

Marcel Dupré

From Symphonie-Passion for organ op. 23: 1st Movement Le monde dans lʼattente du Sauveur

Alexandre Guilmant

March in F major after Lift up Your Heads from Handel's Messiah for organ, brass and timpani op. 15 No. 2

Arno Landmann

Variations on a theme by Handel for organ op. 29

Henry Purcell

Suite from The Fairy Queen (arr. for brass by Eric Crees)

Marcel Dupré

From the Symphonie-Passion for organ op. 23: 2nd Movement Nativité

Charles-Marie Widor

Salvum fac populum tuum for organ, brass and timpani op. 84

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 11 Dec 2016, 11:00

Philharmonie – Karl Schuke Organ | Introduction: 10:00

Programme

Winfried Bönig may not have imagined it even in his dreams – but when the telephone rang and he was invited to an interview at the Rhine, the musician from Bamberg suspected what would follow: an offer to become the Cologne Cathedral organist. His dream job – but in fact not his only job: Winfried Bönig also holds a doctorate in musicology, teaches as a professor at the Cologne College of Music, and is one of Germany’s best-known concert organists. Debuting in Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall, Winfried Bönig, together with brass players of the Berliner Philharmoniker, will present a festive pre-Christmas programme “à la française”.

Marcel Dupré was one of the central personalities of French organ music: into the 1960s, anyone who wanted to make something of him- or herself as an organist almost inevitably had to study with Dupré – as was the case for Gaston Litaize, born in 1909, whose ceremonial procession music for organ, three trumpets and three trombones begins the concert. The work is followed by two movements from Marcel Dupré’s expressive Symphonie Passion, which musically anticipate Christmas. In the highly virtuoso and very colourful “Handel Variations” by late Romantic composer Arno Landmann, Winfried Bönig will pull out all the stops and show what the organ in the Berliner Philharmonie can do. The concert will end with a composition by Charles-Marie Widor, who attempts to reconcile opera and the church with sweeping gestures in a heroically triumphant manner.

(photo: Hermann Willers)

(photo: privat)