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Ars In Cathedrali has brought together the most beautiful or- gan pieces from its seven centuries of repertoire, with original compositions and transcriptions.The art of transcription is also typical for the organ, also called by Franz Liszt the Pope of instruments. Balzac said: «The organ is the grandest, the most daring, the most magnificent of all instruments invented by human genius.»

To play it is a real feat, in the words of the playwright Ludovic Halévy : «The artist struggling with the organ is like an athlete; let none imagine that the instrument yields freely its secret of harmony; one must wrestle them out from its bosom. But when subdued, it repays abundantly the efforts put forth. It excites, it inebriates those who master it; and like a generous steed, it seems to inspire with a renewed ardor the intelligent hand by which it is subdued and ruled.»

Saint-Saëns, author of the Symphony with organ: «The organ is thought-provoking. As one touches the organ, the imagina- tion is awakened, and the unforeseen rises from the depths of the unconscious. It is a world of its own, ever new, which will never be seen again, and which comes out of the darkness, as an enchanted island comes from the sea.»

For Stravinsky, the organ is «A monster that never breathes.» For Berlioz,» The organ is made for absolute domination. It is a jealous and intolerant instrument. The organ and the orches- tra are both kings; or rather, one is Emperor and the other is Pope. Their missions are not the same, their interests are too wide and varied to be interlocked.»

Here is our 2021 program, with internationally renowned artists.

Friday  13/07/2021  20h00

Celebrations

Bart Jacobs & Reitze Smits (NL) ORGANDUO 422play

Composers : W.A. Mozart,

  1. Mendelssohn, A. Bruckner, C. Debussy, M. Ravel

 

Music from great composers, who wrote little or nothing for the organ, resounds now in Brussels Cathedral under the hands and feet of the ORGANDUO 422play. The great variation of styles and the versatile use of the organ make the perfor- mances of Reitze Smits and Bart Jacobs a inimitable event.

Tuesday  27/07/2021 – 20h00

The Art of the Fugue

Bernard Foccroulle

The Art of the Fugue is a testamentary work: J.S.  Bach worked there for almost ten years, during the decade 1740-1750.The   last   fugue   has   remained   unfinished. Here the composer attempts a synthesis of polyphonic art which died out with him after flourishing extraordinary for se- veral centuries. We can also see the signature of an artist at the height of his art, free and timeless.

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Tuesday 03/08/2021 – 20h00

Organ Dancing

Svetlana Berezhnaya (RU)

Composers :

  1. Grig Holberg, B. Bartok, J. Sibelius, J. Rodrigo Aranajues
  2. Ponchielli, G. Faure, P. Tchaikovsky, G. Sviridov, A. Khatchaturian, A. Piazzolla

The repertoire of the “Organ dancing” concert program will be composed of examples of the era of romanticism and the 20th century, represented by different national schools and musical genres. All the music that will be played was original- ly written for a symphony orchestra. Svetlana Berezhnaya will present this program in the author’s arrangement for organ. The soloist makes the most of the entire colorful palette of the instrument’s timbres, reinterpreting it as a large symphony or- chestra. The «Organ dancing» program includes dances of the peoples of the world, and the sacred instrument seems to be dancing folk dances, waltzes, and tango for you.

Tuesday 10/08/2021 – 20h00

Symphonic Chorales

Ludger Lohmann (DE)

Works of Max Reger, Günter Raphael, Franz Liszt

Three organ pieces of symphonic scale on chorale melodies:

Reger’s rather traditional fantasia, almost like a set of varia- tions concluded by a fugue

Raphael’s passacaglia, possibly the longest in the repertoire, based on the complete chorale melody

Liszt’s fantasia in the mold of his symphonic poems, in 1850 the longest organ piece ever composed

 

Tuesday 17/08/2021 – 20h00

Récital Olivier Latry

Olivier Latry (FR)

Works of Bach, Messiaen, Liszt/Saint-Saëns,Vierne, Saint-Saëns, Escaich, Latry

“Let there be light ! And there was light.” (Genesis I, 3)

To the sun,“which presides over the day” (Vierne), answers the moon,“which presides over the night” (Messiaen).

To the structural edification of Bach – in six voices, like the six days of Creation – responds the hammered edification of Es- caich.“Let the earth bring forth living animals after their kind. The birds of Messiaen respond to those of Liszt or Saint-Saëns; they are the real soloists of this concert! Let us therefore, by their song, give thanks to the Creator.

Tuesday 24/08/2021 – 20h00

A Barocco trip in Europe

Matteo Imbruno (IT)

Works of  Byrd, N. Bruhns, J.P. Sweelinck, P. Bruna, J.S. Bach, A. Vivaldi, M. Marais

Matteo Imbruno takes you on a journey through Europe from the 16th to the 18th century. You will hear music how it soun- ded in the great cathedrals and palaces of that time. Be sur- prised by the development of organ art in this time. You will hear how the organ increasingly established itself as the king of all instruments.

Tuesday 31/08/2021 – 20h00

Concerti for Organ of G-F. Handel

BachPlus dir. Bart Naessens & Xavier Deprez organ

Composers : GF Handel – JS Bach – A. Vivaldi

On the program, the Suite in G-minor for keyboard, and some of the amazing organ concertos by Georg Frideric Handel, which were played at first as improvisations between the acts of his ope- ras, but remain as gems for the concert organ, in dialogue with a fully baroque orchestra. Bachplus will also play Bach’s first orches- tral overture and a concerto by the third late baroque grandmas- ter Antonio Vivaldi. As a cream on the pie, the musicians will offer you a melody that is sung by every music lover worldwide!