Simon Johnson, organ
His varied career has included contributions to the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations and the Grammy award-winning soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Bach’s mighty Prelude and Fugue in A minor is paired with one of the composer’s simplest and most beautiful chorale preludes.
Johnson also performs his contribution to the Orgelbüchlein Project, in which contemporary composers complete Bach’s unfinished Orgelbüchlein (little organ book). This set of 164 chorale preludes has 118 missing pieces.
Jonathan Harvey’s Toccata, with its tape part created at IRCAM in Paris, adds a contemporary flavour to the concert.
Reubke’s epic Sonata on Psalm 94 completes the evening in a virtuosic climax to the first concert of the 2017/18 International Organ Series.
PerformersSimon Johnson organ
RepertoireJS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV.543; Chorale-prelude, Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV.633
Simon Johnson: Wohl dem, der in Gottes Furcht steht, No.87 from the Orgelbüchlein Project
Franck: Choral No.1 in E
Harvey: Toccata for organ & pre-recorded tape
Reubke: Sonata in C minor on Psalm 94
need to know
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk. Southbank Centre’s Organ Curator, William McVicker, interviews Simon Johnson about the programme, his work at St Paul’s Cathedral and his busy concert schedule. Admission free.
The Orgelbüchlein Project continues when its curator, William Whitehead, performs later in the 2017/18 International Organ Series.
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