Концерт состоялся 15 November 2017 года
Series: Genuine organ as it should be, Music of the World's Cathedrals

Bach's Festival

The concert featured:

Cathedral organist (Domorganist) and Choirmaster of Erfurt Cathedral
Silvius von Kessel (organ, Germany)

Programme: J.S. Bach, M. Dupré, N. de Grigny, L. Vierne, S. von Kessel

The noble voice of the king of musical instruments in a neo-gothic Cathedral impresses frequent listeners and never fails to amaze those who have decided to listen to a big organ for the first time. Silvius von Kessel, an organist from Germany, is a true connoisseur of Bach’s music; indeed he was appointed President and Artistic Director of the “Thüringer Bachwochen”, the biggest classical music festival in Thuringia, and founded the “International BACH/LISZT Organ Competition Erfurt-Weimar”. Besides Johann Sebastian’s organ masterpieces, there are a few pleasant surprises in store for the audience. The organ of the French tradition may sound powerful or it may offer unusual subtle timbre combinations, and this variety will be demonstrated in full at tonight’s recital. The works of Nicolas de Grigny, a great organist of the Baroque age, and of Louis Vierne, a famous organist of Notre Dame de Paris who lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, combine beautiful melodies with the rich timbre of a big organ. The French attitude to Bach’s music is presented by a transcription by Marcel Dupré. Sylvius von Kessel’s recital ends with an improvisation, and its emotional impact and harmony will certainly be appreciated by the audience.

Cathedral organist (Domorganist) and Choirmaster of Erfurt Cathedral
Silvius von Kessel (organ, Germany)

Silvius VON  KESSEL studied Church Music at the Folkwang University of Music in Essen, and completed 1991 the State examination of Church Music („A-Examen“), with highest distinction. He got a scolarship of the „Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst“ (DAAD) to pursue his organ studies from 1991 to 1994 in the organ class of Prof. Olivier Latry (Titular Organist of the Grand Organ of the Cathedral Notre-Dame in Paris), he also studied in his improvisation class. He completed with the „Diplôme de Concertiste“ in Paris. In 1994 he was appointed Cathedral organist (Domorganist) and Choirmaster of Erfurt Cathedral (capital of the state Thuringia in Germany). From 1995 on he was Organ teacher (organ interpretation and improvisation) at the „Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar“, in 2008 he was appointed Honorary Professor of Organ at the same place. Since 2004 he is President and Artistic Director of the „Thüringer Bachwochen”, the biggest classical music festival in the State of Thuringia. He is organ expert and commissioner for church music of the diocese of Erfurt and founded several concert series and the “International BACH/LISZT Organ Competition Erfurt-Weimar” which is now considered to be one of the world´s most important and most demanding international organ competitions. Silvius von Kessel leads an extended international career as a concert organist, also as an improviser. There have been made radio and television broadcasts with him, and CD recordings. He has been invited to be member of the jury of national and international organ competitions, lately to the jury of the International Organ Competition of Canada (ciocm) in oct. 2017. He was e.g. largely praised by German newspapers for his own free adaptation for the organ of Anton Bruckner´s third symphony (d-minor) which he played in several concerts. He was decorated by the Thuringian State with a special distinction for his musical activities and merits in Thuringia and was awarded the title „Director of Church Music“ by the Bishop of Erfurt.

N. de Grigny

Aus der “Messe Cunctipotens genitor Deus”


– Kyrie en taille, à 5

– Fugue à 5. Qui renferme le chant du Kyrie

– Cromorne en taille à deux parties

– Trio en Dialogue

– Dialogue sur les Grands Jeux


M. Dupré / J.S. Bach

Sinfonia aus der Kantate BWV 29 (“Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir”)

(für die Orgel bearbeitet von Marcel Dupré, 1886-1971)


L. Vierne

aus den “Pièces de Fantaisie”:

– Feux follets [Irrlichter] (aus der 2. Suite / op. 53)

– Carillon de Westminster (aus Suite 3 / op. 54)

– – Naiades [Flußnymphen] (aus der 4. Suite / op. 55)


 J.S. Bach

Praeludium und Fuge Es-dur BWV 552


S. von Kessel


We listened to: Kuhn Organ

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