(photo: Heribert Schindler)

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Organ Matinee: Johannes Michel and the Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Johannes Michel is one of the most versatile organists of our time. He is the director of church music at the famous Christuskirche in Mannheim and is a much sought-after concert organist. But beyond that, Johannes Michel is regarded as a gifted composer, who has included brass instruments in addition to his own instrument in numerous extraordinary works. In this matinee, Johannes Michel presents a festive programme ranging from Bach to Wagner together with the Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Johannes Matthias Michel organ

Blechbläserensemble der Berliner Philharmoniker

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Overture to Paulus, op. 36

Johann Sebastian Bach

Toccata, Adagio und Fuge C-Dur BWV 564

Richard Wagner

Prelude to Act 1 from Lohengrin (arranged for brass and organ by Johannes M. Michel)

Richard Wagner

Prelude to Act 3 from Lohengrin (arranged for brass and organ by Johannes M. Michel)

Sigfrid Karg-Elert

Improvisation “Aus meines Herzens Grunde”, op. 65 No. 2

Sigfrid Karg-Elert

Choral Improvisation “In dulci jubilo”, op. 75 No. 2

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031: 2. Movemnet: Siciliano (arranged for organ by Charles-Marie Widor)

Dmitri Shostakovich

Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2 (Excerpts) (arr. for Brass Ensemble by Daniel Drage und Mogens Andresen)

Louis Vierne

Organ Symphony No. 1 in D minor, op. 14: 6th Movement: Finale

Otto Nicolai

Christmas Overture on the Choral “Vom Himmel hoch” (arranged for brass and organ by Johannes M. Michael)

Dates and Tickets

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Sun, 09 Dec 2018, 11:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 10:00

Programme

Johannes Michel is one of the most versatile organists of our time. He is the director of church music at the famous Christuskirche in Mannheim, holds an honorary professorship at the local university of music, and is a much sought-after concert organist. But beyond that, Johannes Michel is also regarded as a gifted composer, who has included brass instruments in addition to his own in numerous extraordinary works.

Johannes Michel presents a festive programme ranging from Bach to Wagner together with the Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The concert opens with a composition by Felix Mendelssohn which Johannes Michel has arranged for organ and brass. The wind ensemble softly intones the chorale, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme”, followed by a fugue which leads to a grandiose ending. The programme also features two works by the Leipzig composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert which musically anticipate the forthcoming Christmas festivities. Karg-Elert’s impressionistic and iridescent tonal language is particularly close to John Michel’s heart as the works are among the best that were composed for the organ in the 20th century.

In the virtuoso finale of Louis Vierne’s First Organ Symphony, Johannes Michel literally pulls out all the stops and shows what the organ in the Berlin Philharmonie is capable of. The concert closes in festive mood when Johannes Michel and the brass of the Berliner Philharmoniker play Otto Nicolai’s Christmas Overture on the chorale “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her”. Merry Christmas!

(photo: Heribert Schindler)

Johannes Michel (photo: Christuskirche Mannheim)

Blechbläser der Berliner Philharmoniker (photo: Peter Adamik)

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