Organ matinée with Richard McGovern
British music by for instance William Walton.
Thursday 23 March 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. Here, Richard McGovern, organist at Eskilstuna parish, presents a programme dedicated primarily to British music.
Among other things, we hear Herbert Howell’s beautiful Psalm Preludes Set 1. Howell was one of the most significant composers for organ in the twentieth century. Psalm Preludes Set 1 was composed as three tone poems, each of which was a comment on a verse from the book of Psalms. Many of the distinctive features that came to characterise Howell’s work are present in this music: a peaceful opening and a fiery, passionate climax that concludes in tranquillity.
The concert begins with the French nineteenth-century composer Léon Boëllmann’s best-known work, the striking Suite Gothique. Then we hear exclusively British music: Karl Jenkins’ rumbling Palladio, Carol Williams’ emotionally charged Twilight, and William Walton’s majestic Crown Imperial march.
The musicApproximate times
Léon Boëllmann Suite gothique for organ15 min
Karl Jenkins Palladio, version for organ4 min
Herbert Howells Three Psalm Preludes, Set 1 for organ22 min
Carol Williams Twilight for organ4 min
William Walton Crown Imperial, version for organ arr Herbert Murrill10 min
- Richard McGovern organ