August06 2020 (Thu)
7:00 PM

25th International Organ Festival

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St. James Basilica | Classical Music

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Date: August 06, 2020 | 19:00 (Thu)
Venue: St. James Basilica
Duration: 60 minutes
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Feel the magic atmosphere in St. James Basilica while listening to organ recitals

Organ concerts in St. James Basilica in Prague are very famous for their long tradition and absolutely unique sound of the organ instrument.

Program:

  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685−1750)
    Prelude and Fugue in G major BWV 541
  • César Franck (1822-1890)
    Chorale No. 2 in B minor
  • Jehan Alain (1911-1940)
    Litanies JA 119
  • Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
    Scherzo from 2nd Symphony in E minor Op. 20
  • Jean Guillou (1930-2019)
    Toccata
  • Improvisation on a biblical text

Soloist: 

David Cassan (France)

Winning ten prestigious international organ competitions (e.g. Chartres, St. Albans, Haarlem) has launched the distinguished artistic career of David Cassan, one of the most sought-after French organists. He studied at the Conservatoire in Caen and at the Conservatoire National Supérier de Musique in Paris and Lyon under the guidance of professors such as T. Escaich, P. Pincemaille, Ph. Lefebvre, F. Espinasse, J. F. Zygel and E. Le Prado. As a soloist he has given concerts in numerous concert halls, cathedrals and festivals in France and many countries of Europe, Russia, Iceland, China and Israel. He has cooperated with a number of leading orchestras, chamber ensembles and choirs. The critique has highly valued primarily his outstanding interpretation of music of J. S. Bach and French composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. His improvisation concerts are highly impressive and truly original. Interestingly, he enjoys accompanying silent films by the organ or piano. He has been regularly invited to lead international masterclasses (Petersburg, Beijing, Bern, Milan, Paris and others) and to the jury boards of organ competitions. He teaches the organ at the Conservatoire in Nancy and improvisation at the Conservatoire in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. Mr Cassan is a titular organist of the Protestant church l´Oratoire du Louvre in Paris.

About organ: 

The St. James´s organ is the largest organ in Prague and second largest in 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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Important: 

  • No intermission
  • Dress code: casual 
  • Program subject to change. 
  • We recommend arriving at the venue 30 min. prior to the start of the performance. 

Here you can check Prague´s classical concerts. 

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