Music from Montserrat

November 15, 2017, 10:00 pm

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Facade of the Basilica of Montserrat (Photo: Ekaterina Polischuk, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

The new organ in the Basílica of the Montserrat Abbey (Barcelona) is the largest organ in Catalonia and one of the largest in Europe. Built by Albert Blancafort and his atelier and completed in 2010, it has 4,242 pipes and 63 registers. The Montserrat International Organ Festival invited virtuoso organists for a recital to inaugurate the new organ. Tonight we’ll hear British organist John Scott and German organist Christoph Schönfelder, as well as Capella Lacensis from the Benedictine Maria Laach Abbey in Rhineland-Palatinate in works by Bach, Buxtehude, Scheidt, and Sweelinck. Recorded live in concert.

Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)
Benedicamus Domino, SWWV 158, from Modus Pleno Organo Pedaliter

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Chromatic Fantasy

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV 161
• John Scott, organ

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Trio Sonata in C, BWV 529
– Allegro
– Largo
– Allegro
• Christoph Schönfelder, organ

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
• Capella Lacensis
• D.Philipp Meyer, director
• Miquel González, organ

Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542

• Christoph Schönfelder, organ

Opening & Closing Theme for Baroque&Before:
Joan Ambrosio Dalza: Piva, performed by Musica Reservata (Boston Skyline BSD