classical music

Robert Quinney: The Mathematical Made Spiritual

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Robert Quinney plays landmark organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach, including the intimate, the propulsive and the utterly perfect.

Few pieces demonstrate the wonder of the organ like Bach’s trio sonatas – music that takes a three-person conversation and asks a single musician to communicate it.

‘It is impossible to say enough of their beauty,’ wrote Bach’s first biographer, Forkel.

Quinney brings us the spirited conversation of the Trio Sonata in E flat, with its achingly eloquent slow movement, and the exuberant games of the Trio Sonata in C.

Woven around these intimate pieces are big-boned toccatas and fugues that ring with architectural majesty. The ‘Dorian’ Toccata and Fugue was described by the organist Albert Schweitzer as ‘a miracle of vaulted arches.’

While that work cascades outwards from its first bar, the Toccata and Fugue in F BWV.540 builds thrillingly towards its climax, tossing musical ideas from hands to feet and back with exhilarating force.

Quinney closes his recital with Bach’s Passacaglia in C minor – a musical Rubik’s Cube that builds a towering structure from multiple repetitions of a single phrase.

Robert Quinney is a former assistant organist at Westminster Abbey and is now organist at New College, Oxford. His recent recordings of Bach’s organ works have been praised for their brilliance and delicacy alike.

Quinney delivers finger-and foot-perfect performances.
Gramophone

Performers

Robert Quinney organ

Repertoire

JS Bach: Toccata and Fugue in F, BWV.540; Trio Sonata No.1 in E flat, BWV.525; Toccata and Fugue in D minor (Dorian), BWV.538
Interval
JS Bach: Trio Sonata No.5 in C, BWV.529; Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV.582

Dates & times

26 Jan 2021
Approximate run time: 100 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£15
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£15

Multi-buy discount
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Concessions

25% off
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Ticketing
Save money when you book two or more International Organ Series concerts. To receive your series discount, tickets to all the applicable concerts must be purchased in the same transaction – just add more events to your basket to get the discounts below.
Book 2 events, save 10%
Book 3 or more events, save 20%
Not available on Premium seats.

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Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk. Southbank Centre’s organ curator, William McVicker, interviews Robert Quinney about his fascination with the organ works of JS Bach. Admission free.