Orgel in der Philharmonie (photo: Hermann Willers)

Organ

Organ matinee with Arvid Gast and the brass players of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Superlatives are often used when people talk about Arvid Gast’s organ playing. Whether with his perfect technique, the delightful performances or his well thought out programmes, the Bremen-born artist knows how to please his audience. In the Berliner Philharmoniker’s organ series, Arvid Gast, titular organist at the medieval Jakobikirche in Lübeck, presents a festive programme with the brass players of the Berliner Philharmoniker ranging from Bach to Puccini.

Arvid Gast organ

Blechbläserensemble der Berliner Philharmoniker

Organ & Brass

Charles-Marie Widor

Allegro from the Symphony No. 6 in G minor op. 42 No. 2 (arr. for Brass and Organ by Johannes M. Michel)

Arvid Gast organ, Blechbläserensemble der Berliner Philharmoniker

César Franck

Präludium, Fuge und Variation op. 18

Arvid Gast organ

Giacomo Puccini

Preludio sinfonico in A major (arr. for Brass and Organ by Matthias Gromer)

Arvid Gast organ, Blechbläserensemble der Berliner Philharmoniker

Louis Vierne

Carillon de Westminster, op. 54 Nr. 6

Arvid Gast organ

Werner Pirchner

Firewater-Music from Die drei Jahreszeiten

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543

Arvid Gast organ

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Introduction, Chorale, Variations and Finale from the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 107 (arr. for Brass and Organ by Johannes M. Michel)

Arvid Gast organ, Blechbläserensemble der Berliner Philharmoniker

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 05 Nov 2017, 11:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 10:00

Programme

Superlatives are often used when people talk about Arvid Gast’s organ playing. The Bremen-born artist knows how to please his audience – whether with his perfect technique, the delightful performances or his well thought out programmes. While still studying, he won several organ competitions before becoming a teacher at the prestigious University of Music & Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig at the age of 30. Since 2004, Arvid Gast has been professor of organ at the University of Music in Lübeck, and titular organist at the town’s Jakobikirche. In the Berliner Philharmoniker's organ series, Arvid Gast presents a splendid programme ranging from Bach to Puccini together with the brass of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

The concert begins with a composition by Charles-Marie Widor for organ and brass, which heroically, triumphantly and with grand gesture seems to reconcile opera and church. César Franck’s cycle Prélude, Fugue et Variation takes the listener to the realm of chamber music, followed by the full-scale sound of Giacomo Puccini’s Preludio sinfonico. Louis Vierne’s Carillon de Westminster is one of his most famous works for the organ. Starting quietly, the organ mimics the famous chimes of the Palace of Westminster in London. The dynamics constantly increase as the piece continues, culminating in a tutti on the organ. An immediately appealing piece that stays in the memory. The concert ends literally with drums and trumpets, when Arvid Gast and the brass players of the Berliner Philharmoniker perform the finale of Felix Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony.

Orgel in der Philharmonie (photo: Hermann Willers)

Arvid Gast (photo: privat)