Orgel in der Philharmonie (photo: Hermann Willers)

Organ

Organ matinee with Nathan Laube and the Karajan Academy

In January 2015, Nathan Laube made his much-lauded debut at the organ of the Philharmonie. The American artist now returns for a second concert and has invited along some musical friends. Organ and Friends is the title of the programme that combines the Karl-Schuke organ with the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In addition to works by Brahms, Koetsier and Mendelssohn, the finale and highlight is Paul Hindemith’s Kammermusik Nr. 7 for organ and chamber orchestra under the direction of Raphael Haeger.

Nathan Laube organ

Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

Raphael Haeger conductor

Organ and Friends

Johannes Brahms

Academic Festival Overture in C minor, op. 80 (arr. for Organ by Nathan Laube)

Jan Koetsier

Partita for Cor Anglais and Organ, op. 41 No. 1

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Variations sérieuses, op. 54 (arr. for Organ by Nathan Laube)

Jehan Alain

Trois Mouvements, AWV 66 (arr. for Organ and Flute by Marie-Claire Alain)

Jean Guillou

Saga Nr. 6 Icarus, op. 20

Henri Tomasi

Semaine Sainte à Cuzco for Organ and Trumpet

Paul Hindemith

Kammermusik No. 7 for Organ and Chamber Orchestra, op. 46 No. 2

Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker , Raphael Haeger conductor

Dates and Tickets

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Sun, 13 May 2018, 11:00

Philharmonie

Programme

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.

Orgel in der Philharmonie (photo: Hermann Willers)

Nathan Laube (photo: Adam Fenster)