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Концерт состоялся 27 October 2018 года

Music of the World's Cathedrals

Fandango for organ

The concert featured:

Main organist of the Basilique of Santa María del Coro, professor at the Conservatory in San Sebastian
Loreto Aramendi (Spain)

Programme: F. Correa de Arauxo, J. Cabanilles, D. Buxtehude, F. Liszt, C. Saint-Saëns, S. Rachmaninov, G. Fauré, J. Alain and more

Spanish organ music is something absolutely special. Though Spain doesn’t like virtuoso pedal solos, organists have never lacked temperament even since the times of Columbus.

Loreto Aramendi, organist of the basilica of San Sebastián, town of yacht racing and children’s drum festivals, brings to Moscow the music of her favourite composers. One of them is Sergey Rakhmaninov. How will he sound in Spanish? She will also play pieces by Ditrich Buxtehude, Franz Liszt and Camille Saint-Saëns. Of course, Spanish music, Baroque and contemporary, will not be forgotten either.

Main organist of the Basilique of Santa María del Coro, professor at the Conservatory in San Sebastian
Loreto Aramendi (Spain)

She started her studies at the Conservatoire of San Sebastian where she obtained higher degrees in piano, harpsichord, organ and chamber music. She studied organ at the Conservatoire of Bayonne receiving the First Prize. Entering into the National Higher Conservatoire of Lyon, she worked with J. Boyer, L. Robilliard and J. Von Oortmersen, obtaining the First Prize and her National Diploma of Advanced Studies. She then furthered her studies at the Conservatoire in Paris, receiving the First Prize upon finalizing her Advanced Degree in the harpsichord and her General Music Studies Diploma. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of the Basque Country. She has given numerous recitals at international festivals in Spain, Japan, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Argentina, USA, UK and France. She is currently a professor at the Conservatoire in San Sebastian and main organist of the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Basilique of Santa María del Coro. Interested in the pipe organ building process, she has participated in several works of organ restoration. In 2015 she published a double CD recorded on the Basilique of Santa María del Coro and in 2017 she published another double CD recorded on the Saint Ouen of Rouen Abbey with Louis Robilliard transcriptions. Her commitments for the next years include recitals in Japan, USA, France, Spain, England, Finland, Island, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Norway.

D. Buxtehude

Toccata BUX WV 156


S. Rachmaninov

Prelude in cis-moll (transcribed by L. Vierne)


F. Liszt

“Funérailles” from “Harmonies poétiques et religieuses” (transcribed by L. Robilliard)


C. Saint-Saëns

Danse macabre (transcribed by L. Robilliard)


G. Fauré

Prélude et Sicilienne from “Pelléas et Mélisande” (transcribed by L. Robilliard)


J. Alain



J. Cabanilles

Corrente italiana


M. J. Marco



F. Correa de Arauxo

Segundo tiento del quarto tono


J. Cabanilles

Batalla Imperial


Ch. Tournemire

Improvisation on the theme of “Victimae paschali laudes”

Who is the recital meant for?

For those who want to listen both to classical music and to something absolutely new but at the same time familiar. A recital in the style of the Spanish dance Fandango is colourful and light!

Why shoul we go there?

Feel the music envelop you and pull forward, as if someone were guiding you in a dance! An expressive Spanish organ recital in a neo-Gothic cathedral is an unusual experience.

We listened to: Kuhn Organ

Tags: Dance, Genuine organ as it should be, Get a celebrity autograph, Spain