Thanks for the 1st International Organ Week

I am grateful for the 1st International Organ Week in the Archdiocese of Paderborn: 11 concerts, 5 course days, 4 lecturers and performers of international standing, Olivier Latry, Ben van Oosten, Leon Berben and Tomasz Adam Nowak and about 50 participants from all over Europe as young organists and students.

Music can only live if it is reinterpreted, if the young generation understands the music in its own way and brings it to life. Otherwise, the notes remain silent, stand in the archive or on the shelf. Music must be rehearsed and understood again and again. In this way, heavy notes eventually become light and fresh, compositions, some of which are hundreds of years old, come alive in the present moment and can be experienced again and again by us as listeners. In this respect, culture can only live and survive if it is passed on, and even more so if it emerges anew in each individual, whether listener, player or creator. Each interpreter must understand the music quasi for himself, bring it to a meaning for himself, similar to an actor who can only speak a text comprehensibly if he grasps the meaning behind it.

And so I am grateful about the development of culture, where new ideas of interpretation emerge. If you look at the last decades, you see this development, for example, in the emergence of historical and historically-informed performance practice, which is very different from the interpretation of the 50s and 60s of the last century. Or in new organs, new registrations, always seeking to bring the music adequately to life. Or when new, previously unheard improvisations or compositions emerge. In the book of Isaiah it says: God makes everything new. Here, in this atmosphere, in the spirit of the organ week, space is created for this newness, for trying out, interpreting and experimenting.

Unfortunately, on the one hand, interest in the organ as an instrument is declining among young people. On the other hand, the Organ Week has shown that there is an incredible commitment as well as a high level of playing skill among the young organists. Therefore, I have no doubt that we will continue to carry this spirit of renewal into the future.

Dominik Susteck, Head of the departmernt of church music diocese Paderborn

Magic of time, sound, space - a stroke of genius by Olivier Latry

The opening concert was more than a concert! This was a sermon and a clear statement about art, culture and our being and oneness in this world,

about coming and passing. A great 14-part total work of art - a concert at the right time in the right place.

Györgi LIGETI (1923 – 2006) Etude n° 1: «Harmonies»

Anonyme anglais / attribué à Thomas PRESTON ( - 1563) Uppon La Mi Re

Juan CABANILLES (1644 – 1712) Tiento por ALAMIRE

Jean-Pierre LEGUAY (né en 1939) Prélude VI

Tarquino MERULA (1595 – 1665) Cappricio cromatico

Jean de Macque (vers 1550 – 1614) Capricio Sopra ré, mi, fa, sol

Jean-Baptiste ROBIN (1976 - ) Trois Solos : n° 1

Jose JIMENEZ (mort en 1672) Batalla de Sexto Tono

Johann-Kaspar KERLL (1627 – 1693) Cappricio cucu

Jon LAUKVIK (1954 - ) MM

Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (1637 – 1707) Praeludium BuxWV 163

Vincent PAULET (1962 -) Messe: Entrée

Louis MARCHAND (1669 – 1732) Fond d’orgue

Vincent PAULET (1962 - ) Messe: Sortie

"A good concert must change a person" or according to Aristotle: "The whole is more than the sum of its parts". Bravo Olvier Latry!

A look into the opening concert  

Organ class Olivier Latry in Erwitte


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