St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague Castle |
70 minutes |
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The Molzer organ, containing 4,500 pipes, offers the listener a rich, romantic sound. Since the Cathedral is used only for liturgical and touristic purposes, this festival is a unique opportunity to hear the full capacity of this instrument.
Charles-Marie Widor: Simphony Nr.6 in G-Minor Op.42 Nr.2
Vivace Johannes Brahms: Choral Es ist ein Ros´ entsprungen Op. 122
Max Reger: Phantasie. Allegro energico from Sonata F sharp minor Op. 33
Anđelko Klobucar: Intrada, Pastorale and Toccata
Franjo Dugan: Toccata
Ajvars Kalejs: Toccata on the Theme of the Choral "Allein Gott in der Hoeh sei Ehr"
Miroslav Miletić: Elegy for organ
Jules Grison (1842-1896): Toccata in F maor
Edmund Boric-Andler has graduated from Music Academy in Zagreb, the piano in the class of professor Ida Gamulin, the organ in the class of professor Ljerka Očić and got his masters degree in organ in the class of professor Mario Penzar. He has upgraded the organ interpretation in the master classes of Jaroslav Tuma, Pieter van Dijk and Daniel Roth. In 1999 he was the absolute winner of the 2nd Croatian organ-player competition Franjo Dugan. He is prominent for his performances of virtuoso pieces of music from Romanticism as well as contemporary music. Being especially active as a concert player, he is the most outstanding young organ player with several hundred concerts held around Europe, South Africa, the USA, Israel, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. In 2010 he won the Franjo Dugan award for special contribution to preservation and promotion of Croatian organ heritage. Besides being the guest performer on numerous festivals, he initiates similar events in Croatia: he is director of festival Organ of the Zagreb Cathedral, one of the initiators and the director of the international organ festival Ars organi Sisciae in Sisak and Organs of the island of Vis and ZRIN festival. As a solo organ player he cooperates with the HRT symphony orchestra and the conductors Nikša Bareza and Pavle Dešpalj.
His first solo CD was published in 2009 and it won the Croatian record award Porin in 2010.The next solo album came out in 2013. In 2015 he got Croatian prize Milka Trnina by Croatian Association of Music Artists for the best organ project in Croatia.
The concert has no intermission.
The cathedral was founded by the Emperor Charles IV in 1344 at the site of the former St. Vitus Basilica. While most European cathedrals were built within the city, the Cathedral of Prague grew up outside and far above the town, in the middle of the Prague Castle, which was not only the seat of rulers, but also kind of the sacred precinct with several churches. From the beginning the cathedral was intended as a prominent feature of the Prague agglomeration. In addition, it was built with great artistic and mystical aspirations.
St Vitus, St Wenceslas and St Adalbert Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Prague and the sacred place where the saints, Bohemian kings, princes and Holy Roman emperors are buried - i.e. St. Wenceslas, patron saint of the country, is buried in the Cathedral in St. Wenceslas Chapel, a masterpiece of Gothic art. Above the chapel is situated chamber guarding the crown jewels of Bohemian kings. The coronations of the kings of Bohemia were held in the Cathedral until 1836.
The first architect Matthias of Arras, who was called by Charles IV from Avignon, mediated the model of the French cathedral architecture. Matthias´s successor, genius Petr Parléř, gived to the cathedral and its sculptural decoration features of artistic excellence. After the death of Charles IV the building was suspended and the cathedral remained a torso. The construction was not completed until the beginning of the 20th century, when the western part was completed and decorated by leading artists of the era (V. Sucharda, A. Mucha etc.). The St. Vitus Cathedral is an excellent example of gothic architecture and masterpiece of art.
* Walking distance from Via Musica shop on Old Town Square:
60 min, we suggest to use public transport
* Accessibility by Prague public transport:
metro A (green line) - Malostranská stop
tram 22 - Malostranská or Pražský hrad stops
* Nearest car parking:
We recommend to arrive 40 minutes before the concert because of the security check-in spots within the Prague Castle area.
Venue excellent, drama theory very interesting, the evenings of the Festival- full of beautiful music and cheerful emotions.
Концерт замечательный! Орган завораживает! Прекрасная слышимость. Получили большое наслаждение!