• Helsingør

    Audio: Von Gott will ich nicht lassen
    recorded live in Helsingør

    I'm in beautiful Denmark for the start of a three year cycle of concerts focussing on the organ music of J.S. Bach. For this first recital, I have chosen to play the organ at SCT. MARIÆ KIRKE, Helsingør in a programme of Bach, Buxtehude and Scheidemann. (In 1660, Buxtehude became organist of St. Mary's, which, apparently, was known as the German church as it served foreigners of the community and the military garrison of Kronborg.) The instrument by Johan Lorentz/Hans Christoff Frietzsch (1641/1662) is truly elegant and, behind the beautifully carved Baroque facade (including original pipework in the RückWerk) Marcussen & Søn have recreated something in the spirit of the original 'Buxtehude organ'. Distinguished organist, Bine Bryndorf chose this instrument for the first two volumes of her complete Buxtehude recordings where has this to say about it: “...the organ in Helsingør has far more to it than I dreamt of and is fully a match for the most famous Baroque organs in Europe.” While the short/broken octave provides some challenges for playing Bach, the sublime marriage of instrument and acoustic, good action, elegant voicing and Neidhardt tuning (or similar) make this organ a fine vehicle for his early works. As Bach's travels to North Germany are so well known, I decided to start my own 'Bach journey' with a programme that frames free- and chorale based works by Buxtehude, (Bach) and Scheidemann with two large-scale Bach works that speak with a particularly North German accent - particularly in terms of their rhetorical structure and use of the so-called Stylus phantasticus:

     J.S Bach (1685-1750) Toccata in E (C major version) BWV 566a Heinrich Scheidemann (c.1595-1663) Dic nobis Maria J.S Bach O Lamm Gottes unschuldig BWV 656 Nun danket alle Gott BWV 657 Von Gott will ich nicht lassen BWV 658 Buxtehude (1637-1707) Toccata F major BuxWV 157 JS Bach Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV Anhang 73 Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542.

    I'm extremely grateful to Søren Gleerup Hansen for hosting me and helping to tune the reeds on a particularly warm and humid evening, my wife Sonja for assisting as registrant for the concert and to Prof. Bine Bryndorf for attending and her words of encouragement!




  • Jehan Alain

    To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Jehan Alain, a unique voice in 20th century organ music, Henry Fairs plays the complete works in a series of three concerts in Birmingham.

  • Liszt in Merseburg

    16th September: Historical Concert from 13th May 1856 in Merseburg Cathedral with first performance of  Liszt’s Präludium und Fuge über B-A-C-H with MARIE FRIEDERIKE SCHÖDER – Sopran (Opernhaus Halle), CHRISTIAN FUNKE – Violine (1. Konzertmeister des Gewandhausorchesters), SARAH CHRIST – Harfe (Staatskapelle Dresden), HENRY FAIRS – Orgel

    17th September: 'Musiknacht', including Liszt Ad Nos in version for organ and orchestra by Marcel Dupré,
    HENRY FAIRS – Orgel , ANHALTISCHE PHILHARMONIE DESSAU Leitung: MICHAEL SCHÖNHEIT

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2011


15.01.11
Lecture recital for Herefordshire Organist's Society, Ledbury PC, UK

24.01.11, 7.30pm
Liszt Recital, St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham

21.02.11-27.02.11
Conservatoire Study Trip, Germany

23.02.11
Recital, Hauptkirche St Petri, Hamburg

28.02.11-03.03.11
Masterclass, RCO/St Giles study trip, Hamburg

05.03.11
Masterclass, London Organ Day, UK

13.04.11
Recital, St Mary's Quarry St, Guildford, UK

15.04.11
Masterclass, St Marys Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh, 2-5pm

16.04.11
Recital, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, 7.30pm

05.05.11
Celebrity Recital Series, St Paul's Cathedral, London, 6.30pm

16.05.11
Lecture recital, St Mary's, Selly Oak, Birmingham, 7.30pm

31.05.11-10.06.11
Jury member, Odense International Organ Competition, Denmark

03.06.11
Recital, Carl Nielsen Festival and Competition, Odense, DK

03.06.11
Talk: "Pianist/composers with recent anniversaries and their organ music", Odense, DK

10.06.11
Recital, St Swithun's, Worcester

23.06.11
Recital, Christchurch Priory, UK

24.06.11
Open Day, Birmingham Conservatoire

25.06.11
Alain class, St Giles Cripplegate, London

02.07.11
Recital, Recklinghausen, Germany

15.07.11-22.07.11
Birmingham University Recitals, UK

01.08-06.08.11
Tutor, RCO/St Giles Summer Course, City of London

18.08.11
Recital, Polditz, Germany (Ladegast Organ)

20.08.11
Recitals, Merseburg Cathedral & Borau, Germany, 12 & 5pm

16.09.11
Merseburger Orgelsommer, Merseburg Cathedral 8pm

17.09.11
Merseburger Orgelsommer, Merseburg Cathedral, Musiknacht

30.09.11
Alain Recital I, Birmingham Cathedral, 1.10pm

02.10.11
Recital, Straelen, Germany

03.10.11
Recital, St Hedwig, Paderborn, Germany

18.10-20.10.11
Teaching, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo

19.10.11
Recital, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo

??.10.11 (tbc)
Liturgical performance of Messiaen Messe de la Pentecote, Worcester Cathedral

03.11.11
Alain Recital II, St Pauls Church, Birmingham, 1.15pm

??.12.11
Alain Recital III, St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham

??.12.11-??.12.11
Birmingham University Recitals, UK