This Sunday the Austrian organist Valentin Fheodoroff brings the organ of the Auditorio de Tenerife to life
The programme of this matinee, ˋTímbrica exquisitaˊ, includes pieces by Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt and compositions of the organist himself
The organ of the Auditorio de Tenerife will sound again this Sunday [12th] at 12:00 noon with the programme Tímbrica exquisita. The Austrian organist Valentin Fheodoroff will be in charge of playing this instrument, unique in the world, with works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt and one of his own compositions.
The Auditorio de Tenerife offers this concert in collaboration with the Real Academia Canaria de Bellas Artes de San Miguel Arcángel (San Miguel Arcángel Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Arts). The Academy’s president, Rosario Álvarez, explains that this programme is based on the Baroque genius, Bach, with one of his preludes and fugues. According to the musicologist, "after that, Fheodoroff draws us into romanticism alongside the German Felix Mendelssohn, not through his sonatas for organ, but rather through his transcriptions of very famous pieces such as the solemn overture of the Paulus Oratorio, of the joyful and light-hearted Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream and one of his Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without words), op. 19/1, written for piano and very expressive".
As far as the last compositions are concerned, Álvarez highlights that "as a good Austrian and excellent pianist and organist, Fheodoroff has chosen three famous pieces by the Austro-Hungarian Franz Liszt, with transcriptions by the author himself; another one by the great composer and orchestrator Max Reger and the third by himself. He will end with a score written by him, the Jubilant, which opens a door into the future that indeed would be doomed to repetition and tedium without these new creations”.
Jubilant! Eine Windhymne was composed for the Rieger organ of the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus of Vienna and premièred there by the composer on 13 June 2016. Fheodoroff explains that "No other instrument moves as much air as the organ; it finds its path in each and every one of the pipes, wherever they are, it follows set routes, and, however, it is always free". “But, in Jubilant! the centre of attention is not only the air in the broadest sense for the organ, rather, but it is also the wind as breath and a life force that can adapt and reach all conceivable forms; wind as an element through which sound becomes perceivable", as the musician states.
This Austrian organist began his musical career as a pianist. Since 2003, his study with Danja Lukan (Vienna) has been at the centre of his musical training, constantly promoting his character and the expressiveness of his piano and organ performance, as well as his artistic development, including intense training as a vocal performer. A talented performer and trained in many different music disciplines: piano, chamber music, improvisation, composition, vocal accompaniment, and organ, since 2016 the approach of Fheodoroff has moved almost completely from piano to playing and composing for the organ. In recent years, his engagements have included concerts in France, Romania, Spain and Latvia.
Built in the 20th-century by the prestigious organ builder Albert Blancafort and his team, the Auditorium's organ is considered a unique instrument for its design, sound and musical ranges. The sounds come from 3,835 pipes that are housed in the walls of the emblematic Symphony Hall, which are controlled by the organist from on-stage through the console and the four keyboards that he can play.
Tickets are available on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. There are special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed and large families.