The Light in the Darknes
St. James Basilica |
60 minutes |
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Organ concerts in St. James Basilica in Prague are very famous for their long tradition and absolutely unique sound of the largest Prague´s organ.
Irena Chřibková (Czech Rep.) - organ
Tomáš Trnka - trombone
Kühn Choir of Prague
Jaroslav Brych - choir master
The St. James´s organ is the largest organ in Prague and the Czech Republic. The two-manual organ with a pedal keyboard and 26 stops was completed in 1705 by Abraham Stark of Loket.
The organ´s case, which is still admired today, was quite unique in its time. So far the latest major reconstruction was carried out between 1981 and 1982 by "Varhany Krnov" (Rieger-Kloss). At present the organ has four manuals, 91 speaking stops and 8,277 pipes.
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The festival is held under the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and the City of Prague, under the auspices of Ms. Hana Třeštíková, MgA. Councillor of the City of Prague. and Prof. Mudr. Petr Widimský, the Dean of the Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University.
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The impressive interior of the St. James Basilica is a treasury of Baroque art. Since the 13th century, St. James Basilica belonging to the Franciscan order has been an important spiritual center of Prague. It has been also a stop on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Throughout history, the church was spared from destruction by butchers' guild who had their meat market close by.
Of many legends related to the church the most famous is the legend of a thief whose severed hand of sin is still hanging on a chain in the church. In 1976, the Pope Paul VI. granted to the church a honorary title of Basilica Minor.
The origin of St. James' large organ dates to the very beginning of the 18th century. After a major fire in 1689, a new organ was built by Abraham Stark of Loket, who had by then already produced several organs for various localities in Bohemia. The new two-manual organ was completed in 1705. The organ´s case, which is still admired today, was also unique for its time.
In 1941, the organ was enlargened and the Romantic disposition was added to original Baroque one. The latest reconstruction was completed in 1982 by „Varhany Krnov“ (Rieger-Kloss). All of Stark’s original voices, mostly including original pipes, were preserved, as well as many interesting Romantic tone-colours. At present the organ has four manuals, 91 speaking stops and 8,277 pipes.
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Organ concerts in St. James's Basilica are considered among the best concerts in Prague.
Koncert byl velmi pěkný. Trochu mě mrzelo, že někteří (spíše některé) návštěvníci věnovali dost často pozornost
nádherný konzert, výborná akustika a k tomu nádherný kostel- skvělý zážitek,
Kombinace skladeb Bacha, Francka a Ebena byla skvělá. Na samotného Ebena by se asi člověk bál jít, ale v této kombinaci nenásilně zjistil, že i současná hudba se dá poslouchat. Kombinace varhany - trombon úžasná.