Bach with a twist at St Albans Organ Festival recital

Bernard Winsemius

Bernard Winsemius - Credit: Archant

Dutch organist Bernard Winsemius is giving a recital on the St Albans International Organ Festival’s own organ in St Saviour’s Church this Saturday, March 19.

The programme consists entirely of music by J S Bach but with a twist as many of the pieces are arrangements of other pieces, both by Bach himself and others, including Winsemius.

The recital, which starts at 5.30pm, opens with a piece arranged by Benjamin Cooke, an English baroque composer, which combines Bach’s Prelude, Trio and Fugue in B flat major with the Finale from his Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord, the various parts connected by transitional music of unknown origin.

Also featured is Bach’s Capriccio, a piece originally written for the harpsichord in which the composer depicts in music, the various emotions felt when saying goodbye to a beloved brother.

Following this is a Harpsichord Concerto arranged for organ and two Bach chorales arranged for organ by Bernard Winsemius.

The recital ends with a chance to hear four movements from Bach’s Art of the Fugue which are rarely performed on the organ.

Entry to the recital is free with a retiring collection in aid of The International Organ Festival Society. After the performance the audience will have an opportunity to meet the soloist at a reception in the church.

Full details of all the concerts in the 2015-16 recital series can be found here.