As many of our subscribers know, this summer Ausra and I played at St Paul's Cathedral in London. Today we'd like to share with you audio recording.
Here's what we played:
1. Sonata in D Major for organ duet, K. 381/123a by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Allegro-Andante-Allegro molto
This is a sonata, originally intended be played on the piano for 4 hands but as many pieces from this period, sounds wonderfully on other keyboard instruments, such as the organ. As is the case with most classical sonatas, the middle gentle and slow movement is surrounded by the energetic and fast-paced outer parts.
2. Adagio für die Flötenuhr, WoO 33/1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven composed this piece as part of the suite for the organ in the mechanical clock. Here enchanting melodies and lush harmonies alternate to create a dream-like delightful atmosphere.
3. Fantasia on the Themes by M.K. Ciurlionis, Op. 11a (2013) by Vidas Pinkevicius, arranged for organ duet by V. Pinkevicius
This Fantasia originally was created for flute and organ and is based on the themes taken from 2 piano preludes by the greatest Lithuanian painter/composer of all time, Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis (1875-1911). The themes alternate in different keys, played by various voices, sometimes in original and sometimes in inverted version.
4. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, III Part, Allegro, BWV 1046/3 by Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged for organ duet by V. Pinkevicius
This is the 3rd movement of the beloved Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in which you will hear Bach's orchestral writing in new colors. It fits the organ texture so well that the listeners might wonder if this is a long forgotten organ composition by the great master.
Listen to the audio recording here
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
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