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Tuesday 26 March 19:00

Swedish Church of St Margareta

NOK 300/200

Duration: 1 hour



The world-renowned Swedish organist Hans-Ola Ericsson visits the festival and the Swedish Church of St Margareta, and holds an organ concert on both of the church's organs.

Ericsson has structured the performance in three parts, opening the concert on the church's new Baroque organ with works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. The first part concludes with extracts from Joseph Hayden's curious Flötenuhr, small pieces originally written for Count Esterházy's mechanical table clock.

Two of music history's greatest child prodigies, W. A. Mozart and F. Mendelssohn, each had a very gifted sister, Maria Anna Mozart and Fanny Mendelssohn. If Maria Anna and Fanny and other talented women of their time had been given the opportunity to develop their talents, we can assume that music history would look quite different. The second part of the concert begins with Prelude by Fanny Mendelssohn and continues with music by Swedish Emil Sjögren, and Richard Wagner's mighty Pilgrim Skor (Pilgrims' Chorus) from Tannhäuser.

The concert ends at the Baroque organ with music by Georg Muffat and Dietrich Buxtehude, before Ericsson concludes with J. S. Bach's impressive Prelude and Fugue in G minor.


Choir organ (Močnik, after Silberman)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): Pièce d'Orgue, BWV 572

 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714–1788):
Sonata in G minor, Wq 70.6
Allegro moderato – Adagio – Allegro

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809): Six small pieces from Flötenuhr

Main organ (Setterquist & Son)

Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn (1805–1847): Prelude (1829)

Emil Sjögren (1853–1918)

From Legends:
Andante con sentimento
Andante misterioso
Andante spianato
Andantino con semplicita

Richard Wagner (1813–1883), arr. Franz Liszt (1811–1886): Pilgrim Skor (Pilgrims' Chorus) from Tannhäuser.

Choir organ

Georg Muffat (1653–1704): Passacaglia

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637–1707): Prelude in F sharp minor, BuxWV 146

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 54

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Hans-Ola Ericsson is both a composer and a professor, and an outstanding concert organist. Ericsson studied organ in Sweden and Germany, in addition to private tutoring with Olivier Messiaen. His recordings of Messiaen's complete organ works are regarded as ground-breaking, and his releases earned him the Swedish phonogram prize for several years in a row. Ericsson has toured as a concert organist in Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan, and is recognised for his performances of contemporary music. He has collaborated with composers such as John Cage, György Ligeti and Olivier Messiaen. Ericsson is also a skilled interpreter of early music and was project manager of the Övertorneå project, an extensive effort to rebuild the organ in the German Church in Stockholm, which is considered the most important Baroque instrument in Sweden.

Photo: Frida My Sundqvist

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Earlier Event: March 25
Later Event: March 27