Logroño celebrates San Bernabé with an organ concert by Heinrich Walther

The Logroño City Council organizes an organ concert on June 11 on the occasion of the Day of San Bernabé, patron saint of Logroño, in the Redonda co-cathedral. With free entry, the event will take place at 9:00 p.m. with all the pertinent sanitary measures, as communicated this Monday during his presentation by the Councilor for Celebrations, Kilian Cruz, and Jesús Pérez Caballero, representative of the Antonio Brocarte Amigos association. of the Organ.

The concert will be offered by Heinrich Walther, professor at the Freiburg Higher Conservatory of Music and Heidelberg Higher Conservatory of Sacred Music and organist at the Merdingen parish in Germany.

Walther, who has toured the world offering organ concerts as well as historical keyboard instruments, has an extensive discography that includes recordings of works from different periods, premieres by contemporary composers and his own transcriptions of works for orchestra by César Franck , Félix Mendelssohn, Max Reger and José María Usandizaga, among others. In addition, from 2006 to 2016, he was the titular organist of the Saint Matthieu à Colmar church, in France, and is one of the most sought-after organists today.

Two more organ recitals will be added to this concert at the Redonda co-cathedral throughout 2022, as approved by the Local Government Board and whose performers have yet to be determined. They are the concert of San Mateo, which will be held on September 21, and the concert of the Virgen de la Esperanza, on December 18.

San Bernabé concert program

  • Hail Regina (Antonio de Cabezón, 1510-1566).
  • Fantasy and fugue in G minor BWV 542 (Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750).
  • Fantasy for cello and orchestra, first movement, transcribed for organ by Heinrich Walther (José María Usandizaga, 1887-1915):
  • Symphony in D minor. Transcription for organ Heinrich Walther (César Franck, 1822-1890):
    • Slow, allegro non troppo.
    • Allegretto.
    • Allegro non troppo.

17th century organ

The organ that houses the Redonda co-cathedral is a magnificent instrument that has its origins in the last years of the 17th century, recovered after its restoration with innovative technology and the utmost respect for its historical characteristics.

Since its renovation in May 1995, the Logroño City Council has collaborated with the La Redonda co-cathedral in organizing concerts. Starting in 1998, collaboration frameworks were established that made it possible to carry out ambitious cultural projects with a time forecast greater than the immediacy of the isolated concert.

For this reason, the Antonio Brocarte Friends of the Organ Association was created (which takes its name from the illustrious composer and organist, choirmaster at La Redonda for much of the 17th century), which emerged for the study, research and dissemination of the music of organ, through which it aspired to collaborate in promoting research and dissemination of the documentary-musical heritage of our region. This association, declared of public interest, also carries out the necessary tasks of conservation and maintenance of the aforementioned body.

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Logroño celebrates San Bernabé with an organ concert by Heinrich Walther

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