(photo: Hermann Willers)


Organ matinee with Thomas Ospital and Bruno Delepelaire

A great duo: the French organist Thomas Ospital and Bruno Delepelaire, principal cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The two will show how well their instruments harmonise by playing works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré and César Franck. Of course, the guest from Paris will also present himself as a solo artist – with compositions by Maurice Duruflé, Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt and Sergei Prokofiev.

Thomas Ospital Organ

Bruno Delepelaire Cello

Organ & Cello

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sinfonia from the Cantata Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir BWV 29 (transcr. Marcel Dupré)

Camille Saint-Saëns

Prière for cello and organ op. 158

Maurice Duruflé

From the Organ Suite op. 5: Sicilienne und Toccata

Gabriel Fauré

Élégie for cello and piano op. 24 (transc. Thomas Ospital)

Claude Debussy

Danse for piano (transc. Thierry Hirsch)

Gabriel Fauré

From the Sonata for cello and piano op. 117: 2nd Movement Andante (transc. Gustave Bret)

Franz Liszt

Orpheus, Symphonic Poem No. 4 (transc. Louis Robilliard)

César Franck

From the Sonata for violin and piano in A major: 4th Movement Allegretto poco mosso (transc. Thomas Ospital)

Sergei Prokofiev

Toccata for piano in D minor op. 11 (transc. Jean Guillou)

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 22 Jan 2017, 11:00

Philharmonie – Karl Schuke Organ | Introduction: 10:00


Here’s a name to keep in mind: Thomas Ospital. Wherever the French organist, who was born in 1990, performs, he induces the audience to storms of applause. The impetuous virtuosity, daring momentum and youthful power of his interpretations, as well as the ingenious improvisations – all fascinating and compelling. Thomas Ospital learned his craft at the Conservatoire supérieure in Paris, which he completed with five first prizes. He will be accompanied at today’s organ matinee by Bruno Delepelaire, who has been principal cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2013.

At first glance it may seem that the organ and the cello do not have much in common, but both instruments are uniquely capable of making music sound as if it it were singing. Thomas Ospital and Bruno Delepelaire will show that in Camille Saint-Saëns’s intimate Prière, Gabriel Fauré’s charming Élégie and the Finale of César Franck’s well-known Sonata for Cello and Piano, which Thomas Ospital himself has arranged for the organ of Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall. Of course, the guest from Paris will also present solo compositions by Maurice Duruflé, Claude Debussy and Franz Liszt. He will conclude Sergei Prokofiev’s famous Toccata in an arrangement by the old master Jean Guillou – a work infamous for its technical difficulties.

(photo: Hermann Willers)

Thomas Ospital (photo: Mirko Cvjetko)