Louprette presents a programme largely of French music old and new, opening with JS Bach's exuberant Prelude and Fugue in G, followed by her own arrangement of a seven-movement suite by classical French composer, Marin Marais; the music is taken from the opera Alcione which is considered to be his greatest compositional triumph.
Connecting the world of the French Baroque with a more modern voice are the Variations on a theme of Clément Jannequin - a strongly modal melody given a delicate treatment by French composer Jehan Alain, killed on active service during the Second World War. Contemporary Dutch composer Ad Wammes is represented by his energetic Mytò, which explores the exotic sound-world of the RFH organ, plus there's rare opportunity to hear finely-wrought music by Nadia Boulanger, one of the twentieth century's greatest and most important music teachers.
The centerpiece of Louprette's programme is the three-movement Suite Op.5 by Maurice Duruflé, with its dark and majestic Prélude, nimble and elegant Sicilienne and powerful Toccata; the work has become of the must-hear cornerstones of the organ repertoire.
Renée Anne Louprette has established an international career as an organ recitalist and conductor. Renowned as a liturgical organist, improviser, and consummate musician, she is associated with a number of distinguished sacred music programs in the New York City area, having served as Associate Director of Music at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Associate Director of Music and the Arts at Trinity Wall Street, Organist and Associate Director at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, and Director of Music at the Church of Notre Dame. Her recording of the Great Eighteen Chorales of J. S. Bach on the Metzler Organ in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, England, was named a classical music Critics' Choice 2014 by The New York Times.
PerformersRenée Anne Louprette organ
RepertoireJS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV.541
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk. Southbank Centre’s organ curator, William McVicker, interviews Renée Anne Louprette about her busy concert schedule and her work as University Organist and Coordinator of the Organ Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Jersey. Admission free.
NB. Change of artist and programme
Please note this recital replaces the originally advertised organ recital by Stephen Cleobury who is indisposed.
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