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Концерт состоялся 5 December 2018 года

Cathedral's Eve

The concert featured:

Marek Stefański (organ, Kraków)

Programme: D. Buxtehude, J. G. Walther, G. F. Handel, J. Krebs, J. Clarke

Every child and of course every adult has heard about Santa Claus. No winter passes without waiting for his miracles, but few people remember that this Christmas figure originated from St. Nicholas who practiced charity and secretly brought gifts to poor people with kids. On December 6 the world commemorates this saint of the late third and early fourth century. Many miracles are connected with his name! St. Nicholas secretly helped three dowerless girls, throwing bags of gold into their window – and the gold fell into stockings hanged to dry. For that reason children expecting gifts from Santa Claus hang their best socks for the night. What’s more, St. Nicholas is a patron of those who travel in the sea.
On the threshold of Christmas the famous Polish organist Marek Stefański presents a beautiful concert programme dedicated to St. Nicholas. Perhaps the Saint himself will arrive… Anyway, surprises are no doubt awaiting children and adults!

Born in Rzeszów in 1969, he continued his musical studies with Joachim Grubich at the Music Academy in Cracow from where he graduated with distinction in 1994. Marek Stefański made his concert debut at the very beginning of his studies during two tournees as the organist – solist with the Academic “Organum” Choir which gave numerous concerts in the European cities. Successful participation in the international festivals of sacral and organ music and the numerous prizes he won made him the doors to other festivals of organ music, as well as to the concert halls and churches open. Not only in the European countries, but also all over the world (for example USA, Israel, Russia among others). In 1996 Stefański began his work as the organist at the church of St. Mary in Cracow, where until now he not only plays during the church celebrations, but also performs over a dozen recitals every year. In 1999 he accepted the post at the Music Academy in Cracow, where he teaches in the Faculty of Organ. In 2007 he defended doctor’s thesis from for devote styles of organ improvisations from the 18th through to the 20th century. In 2013 “doctor habilitatus” (description of a CD recording: “Sources of artistic inspirations and forms of their expression in organ music of Cracow’s composers 20th century”). Marek Stefański has already given concerts in Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Ukraine, Lithuania, Romania, Moldova, Israel, USA, Equador, Russia, Korea, Uzbekistan and Hungary. Marek Stefański is a great propagator of Polish organ music, especially 20th century music, which he performs together with the organ improvisation. He also made numerous archival recordings for the Polish Radio, Polish TV and foreign broadcasting stations, as well as for the phonographic companys. Apart from being active as a solist, Marek Stefański cooperates with the choir ensembles and with many outstanding vocalists and instrumentalists. His artistic activity has been honored with numerous prizes and distinctions. In cooperation with Radio Kraków, Marek Stefański realizes a programme series “An Anthology of Cracovian Organs”. For Radio Rzeszow, he records archival organs of the Subcarpathian region, which are later broadcasted on the Radio.

Medieval song in honour of St. Nicholas (polyphonic arrangement by M. Stefański)


D. Buxtehude

Partita F-dur, BuxWV 238


J. G. Walther

Chorale partita “Vater unser im Himmelreich”


J. Pachelbel

“Aria quarta” from “Hexachordum Apollinis”


J. Clarke

Theatre Suite


J. L. Krebs

Seven chorale preludes


J. L. Krebs

Chorale fantasia and fugue G-dur


G. F. Handel

“Water Music”, suite

Who is the concert meant for?

For those who love Santa Claus.

We listened to: Kuhn Organ