(photo: Heribert Schindler)

Organ

Organ Matinee with David Briggs

Thanks to its orchestral sound possibilities, the organ is particularly suitable for arrangements of symphonic works. Especially when someone like David Briggs is sitting at the console. The British organist, one of the most famous concert organists of our time, is regarded as the “king of transcriptions”. In this matinee, he presents a selection of arrangements of famous works, including Richard Wagner’s Liebestod, Maurice Ravel’s charming ballet Ma mère l’oye and the finale of Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.

David Briggs organ

The Art of Transcription

Camille Saint-Saëns

Symphony No. 3 in C minor Organ Symphony, op. 78: Finale (arranged by David Briggs)

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto in D minor, RV 565 (arranged for organ by Johann Sebastian Bach)

Richard Wagner

Isoldes Liebestod (arranged for organ by Edwin H. Lemare)

Maurice Ravel

Ma Mère l'Oye (arranged for organ by David Briggs)

Pierre Cochereau

Scherzo symphonique and Berceuse à la mémoire de Louis Vierne (reconstructed by David Briggs)

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 5: Rondo-Finale (arranged for organ by David Briggs)

Dates and Tickets

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Sun, 02 Jun 2019, 11:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 10:00

Programme

If the organ is the “queen of instruments”, then David Briggs is regarded as the “king of transcriptions”. Thanks to its orchestral sound possibilities, the organ is particularly suitable for the presentation of arrangements. In a good transcription, what was originally composed for completely different instruments sounds as if it had always been conceived only for the organ.

In his second concert in the Berlin Philharmonie, David Briggs presents a selection of arrangements of famous musical works, including Richard Wagner’s Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde, Maurice Ravel’s charming ballet music Ma Mère l’Oye and a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi arranged for organ by no other than Johann Sebastian Bach.

The programme closes with the Rondo finale from Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Twenty years ago, when David Briggs released a CD recording of the entire symphony, it caused a sensation in the music press. When it came out, it was called an ingenious arrangement, and Briggs’s playing was also described as sensational, something which is difficult to disagree with.

(photo: Heribert Schindler)

David Briggs (photo: Amir El Etr )