The famous Netherlandian organist Arjan Breukhoven will play our big Cathedral organ as if it were a whole orchestra. In order to match this idea, the program is rather peculiar. It includes L. Beethoven’s legendary Symphony No. 5, The Ride of the Valkyries by R. Wagner, A. Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance and theatre music by B. Smetana and D. Kabalevsky. The culmination of the recital is the artist’s virtuoso improvisation.
It is not allowed to make recordings of this concert and please switch off your mobile phones during the concert.
After the concert it is possible to get an autograph of the Dutch organist.
, born in Rotterdam, studied organ and church music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. At the same time, he studied piano, singing, improvisation and choir direction. Annually Arjan Breukhoven gives a great number of concerts as an international concert organist both at home and Europe, USA, Russia and Australia. In 2017 he shall play during several concert tours in Finland, Russia, USA and three tours in Germany. Next year he shall play several concerts in Western Australia, USA, Italy, Germany and Czechia. In 2019 he is invited to play a concert tour in New Zealand.
The largest organ he ever played was the organ of the St. Patrick’s Basilica of Fremantle in Western Australia with 127 stops. In the most world famous church he ever played was the organ of the St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican. As an organist and as a pianist he had developed his own, wide-ranging style of improvisation.
Arjan Breukhoven was honorable awarded in Paris at 14th of June 2014. He received the ‘Médaille d’Argent’ (silver medal) by the ‘Société Académic d’ encouragement et d’ éducation Arts, Sciences et Lettres’ in Paris, on the occasion of his great merit of the French organ music. He performs the French organ music worldwide.
He is the titular organist of the old church (builded in 1732) of Berkel and Rodenrijs. He plays each year about 450 concerts and services. He has worked on numerous recordings for radio and TV and about 200 CD’s and DVD’s. He recorded his newest solo cd in the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden (Germany) in September 2016. Besides all this, he is also the director of three large and well-known Dutch Male choirs. As a composer he is renowned for his many compositions for choir, organ and other instruments.
More information: www.arjanbreukhoven.nl
Sabre Dance (arranged for organ)
The Galloping Comedians (arranged by A. Breukhoven)
M. De Falla
Ritual Fire Dance (arranged by A. Breukhoven)
J. S. Bach
Toccata and fugue in D minor (Dorian), BWV 538
Adagio and Allegro
Sonata in G minor
Bells across the meadows (arranged by A. Breukhoven)
L. van Beethoven
Symphony No. 5 in C minor (arranged for organ)
Sicilienne from Pelléas et Mélisande
(arranged by L. Robbilliard)
The Ride of the Valkyries (arranged for organ)
Dance of the Comedians (arranged by A. Breukhoven)
Star Wars (arranged by M. Hakanpää)
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