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Happy Birthday György, Max & Sergej! Chamber music for the triple jubilee I – crescendo

Urban Ruths

crescendo as a guest in the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church!

The organ is the focus of this concert: with its complex mechanics, it is a machine of its very own kind and the literature written for it is as fascinating as the instrument itself. The jubilarian Max Reger also shared this fascination - his organ works must of course not be missing from the festival program. His choral fantasy Hallelujah! Gott zu loben will be performed alongside the Piano Trio No. 1, which will be interpreted by professors from the UdK Berlin.

In addition, a real novelty will be celebrated: The Schuke organ in the church has now been expanded with eight subwoofers so that even the lowest registers can be heard. The program will be complemented by Ligeti's best-known organ work Volumina, which in its layout as a sound-space composition is decoupled from the classically structuring elements of melody and rhythm. It plays with the peculiarities of mechanics - among other things the wind supply of the organ pipes by a motor - by successively switching it on and off. Rachmaninoff may not be missing on this evening either: Although his name is probably most often associated with great piano works, his song compositions are at least as varied. Aaron Selig, who has already performed as soloist in Mozart's Requiem at the Berlin State Opera, will present some of his songs. In Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata, piano and cello meet at eye level and constantly alternate in virtuoso runs. On the cello, Benjamin Kruithof from the class of Prof. Jens Peter Maintz, who was awarded the 1st prize of the George Enescu Competition only last year, will shine.

Max Reger: Piano Trio No. 1 in B minor op. 2
Max Reger: "Hallelujah! Praising God" op. 52/3
Sergei Rachmaninov: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano in G minor op. 19
Sergei Rachmaninov: Songs
György Ligeti: Volumina for organ

Nora Chastain, violin / Hartmut Rohde, viola / Benjamin Kruithof, cello / Aaron Selig, voice / Nadal Roig i Serralta, Marco Heise, Dimitar Dimitrov, organ / Ana Bakradze, Evgeny Nikiforov, Björn Lehmann, piano

crescendo is open to everyone! Therefore, all concerts are free admission.
Free reservations are possible here.

The UdK Berlin is committed to helping people in need. This year, half of the festival's donations will go to "Aktion Deutschland Hilft" to benefit earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.


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