Organ Concert at Prague Castle´s St. Vitus Cathedral
While exploring Prague and Prague Castle area, visit the 8th edition of an international organ evenings festival taking place at the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral.
The Miscellaneous collection from Levoča Slovakia (1660 – 1670)
(Ján Valach – selection and organ transcription)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesus bleibet meine Freude, BWV 147
Preludium a fuga a-mol, BWV 543
(1685 – 1750)
Petr Eben: Improvisation on Slovak spiritual song „Matka božia trnavská"
(1929 – 2007)
Stanislav Šurin: Fanfare
César Franck: Choral no. 3 in A minor
(1822 – 1890)
Marco Enrico Bossi: Chant du soir
(1861 – 1925)
Massimo Nosetti: Variations on a Japanese Folk Tune (Sakura)
(1960 – 2013)
Stanislav Šurin studied organ at the State Conservatory in Bratislava, at the Diocesan Conservatory in Vienna and at the Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava. He participated in many broadcasted liturgical services (the inauguration of the Slovak presidents since 1989, the visit of Pope John Paul II etc). As a soloist, he performed many times with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. At the premiere performance of Janáček’s Glagolic Mass in Taiwan in 2000, he played the organ solo with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and has given organ recitals in many European states, in the USA, Mexico, Canada, Russia and Kazakhstan. Stanislav Šurin recorded several organ solo CD´s (Graz Cathedral, Schubertkirche in Vienna, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Trnava etc.). In 2000 he organized an international musicological conference focused on the protection of historical organs. From 1999 to 2002 he was chief editor of Adoramus Te (a magazine dealing with sacred music), is founder and organizer of organ festivals in Trnava, Piešťany, Skalica and in the St. Martin Cathedral in Bratislava. In the years 2006 – 2008 he acted as the Diocesan Musician for the Bratislava-Trnava Archdiocese. He has been teaching organ at the Catholic University in Ružomberok since 2002. He acts as advisor for the restoration of historical organs and for the building of new instruments (Slovak Philharmonic, St. Martin Cathedral in Bratislava). Recently he also has devoted himself to composing. He is the author of Trnava Mass (in 2016 published CD with Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra) and several compositions based on ecclesiastical and liturgical texts. He composed music for a number of poems of Slovak and French poets. In 2011 the Society of St Adalbert published his book of songs and CD called Antiphons and Spiritual Songs.
The Molzer organ, containing 4,500 pipes, offers the listener a rich, romantic sound. Since the St. Vitus Cathedral is used only for liturgical and touristic purposes, this festival is a unique opportunity to hear the full capacity of this instrument.
The concert has no intermission.
Visit Prague Castle area with a guided tour.