When Nathan Laube made his debut in the Berlin Philharmonie in January 2015, he totally captivated his audience – they whispered to each other between pieces that they had never heard such colours coming from the Philharmonie organ before. It quickly became clear that the young virtuoso would have to return soon – and no sooner said than done. For this, his second concert, the 29-year-old American artist has invited along some musical friends. Organ and Friends is the title of the programme that brings together the Karl-Schuke organ with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Karajan Academy.
In addition to a Partita for cor anglais and organ by the Dutch composer Jan Koetsier that strikes a melancholy tone, he also performs the filigree Trois Mouvements for organ and flute by Jehan Alain, a French composer who died at an early age. Henri Tomasi’s memorable Semaine Sainte à Cuzco for trumpet and organ is a bravura piece par excellence. Between these works, Nathan Laube performs compositions by Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn in his own arrangements for organ, plus Jean Guillou’s apocalyptic vision Icarus.
To close, the musicians of the Karajan Academy and Nathan Laube join forces to present Paul Hindemith’s Kammermusik Nr. 7 under the direction of Raphael Haeger. The work, composed in 1927, is a concerto for organ, eleven wind instruments plus several cellos and a double bass. For quite a few music lovers, this Kammermusik with its festive atmosphere, its heroic, triumphant moments and its anthemic finale is one of Paul Hindemith’s best compositions.