Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #72!
Today's guest an Italian concert organist Domenico Severin who is the Titular Organist of the Grand Orgue at the St. Etienne Cathedral in Meaux, France.
He holds diploma in Organ and Organ Composition from the B. Marcello Conservatory in Venice, Italy (Prof. Sergio de Pieri), and in Musical Analysis from the Boulogne-Billancourt C.N.R., France (Prof. Naji Hakim).
He performed in a multitude of Organ Festivals worldwide, including the International organ Festival Città di Treviso; the International Organ Festival in Schio, Italy; St. Paul Cathedral in London; Notre-Dame Cathedral and Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris; the Cathedral of Luxembourg, the International Organ festival at Oliwa Cathedral in Gdansk, Poland; the International Organ Festival at the Cathedral of Zagabria, Croatia; International Organ Festival in Timisoara, Romania; the Esztergom Basilica, Hungary; Russia (International Music Festival at the Catholic Cathedral in Moscow…), the United States (National Cathedral and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, St. Patrick Cathedral in New York…); and various recitals in China, Hong Kong, and South Africa.
His repertoire includes the most important organ works from Early Music to the contemporary composers. In addition, he promotes, by recitals and recordings, the rarely performed Italian Organ Music of the end of Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries.
As a recording artist, he published several CDs with organ works by the Italian composers Marco Enrico Bossi, Oreste Ravanello, Raffaele Manari.
He published also the complete recording of César Franck's Organ Works at the great instrument in Dudelange, (Luxembourg).
His recording repertoire includes also baroque music recorded on historical instruments or new organs inspired by the historical instruments. The last publication is the complete recording of the virtuoso Six Trio-Sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach.
His CDs are published by Rainbow, Syrius and Appassionato.
As a composer he published several organ works. He is also the author of a book about the historical praxis for organ registration in Europe.
Domenico Severin is Organ Professor at the new Grand Orgue built by B. Cattiaux in Courbevoie (F), Artistic Director and Professor for the International Organ Academy Organ’ISSIMO, and Artistic Director of the recording label Appassionato, established by himself.
In this conversation we talk about what it means to be an ambassador of Italian organ music in France, how different Italian organ culture is from the French tradition, how can we adapt ancient music to other styles and instruments to inspire people of 21st century.
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