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Bach, Boulanger and Duruflé
Royal Festival Hall

Bach, Boulanger and Duruflé

Date: 19 Sep
Time: 19:30
Renée Anne Louprette, organ


Renée Anne Louprette makes her debut organ recital at Royal Festival Hall with French works old and new.

JS BACH: Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV.541
MARIN MARAIS: Suite from Alcyone arr. Renée Anne Louprette
JEHAN ALAIN: Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin
NADIA BOULANGER: Improvisation from 3 Pièces
DURUFLÉ: Suite, Op.5

Louprette presents a programme largely of French music old and new, opening with JS Bach's exuberant Prelude and Fugue in G, followed by her own arrangement of a seven-movement suite by classical French composer, Marin Marais; the music is taken from the opera Alcione which is considered to be his greatest compositional triumph.

Connecting the world of the French Baroque with a more modern voice are the Variations on a theme of Clément Jannequin - a strongly modal melody given a delicate treatment by French composer Jehan Alain, killed on active service during the Second World War. Contemporary Dutch composer Ad Wammes is represented by his energetic Mytò, which explores the exotic sound-world of the RFH organ, plus there's rare opportunity to hear finely-wrought music by Nadia Boulanger, one of the twentieth century's greatest and most important music teachers.

The centerpiece of Louprette's programme is the three-movement Suite Op.5 by Maurice Duruflé, with its dark and majestic Prélude, nimble and elegant Sicilienne and powerful Toccata; the work has become of the must-hear cornerstones of the organ repertoire.

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