Organ matinée with Lars G Fredriksson
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Vierne and Dupré.
Thursday 27 April 2023 12.15Ends approximately 13.00
Through Konserthuset’s popular organ matinée subscription, audiences get to hear Sweden’s leading organists play the building’s organ – one of the largest in Europe, with 6,100 pipes.
Lars G. Fredriksson is the cathedral organist at Härnösand and studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He graduated with a degree in organ performance in 1990 after a degree concert with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at Konserthuset Stockholm.
Among other works, at this concert he performs Naïades by French Louis Vierne. Vierne was nearly blind at birth, but still became one of France’s most acclaimed organ players and teachers. He studied under organ virtuoso César Franck and his students included Lili and Nadia Boulanger. Vierne had the prestigious role of principal organist at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He held this position for over 37 years – before his sudden death of a stroke while seated at the organ and playing his 1,750th concert in the cathedral.
Between 1916 and 1922, the organ player Marcel Dupré was an alternate for Vierne at Notre Dame. Dupré was also a prolific composer and wrote the dynamic piece Trios Hymnes, which we also hear at this concert. In addition, the concert includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Preludium and Fugue in E-flat major. Three themes lay the foundation for the music, which experts interpret as representing the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit of the Trinity.
The musicApproximate times
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in E flat major ’’St Anne’’ for organ15 min
Louis Vierne Naïades for organ op 55:45 min
Marcel Dupré Trois hymnes for organ op 5818 min
- Lars G Fredriksson organ