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ERICH TURK - ORGAN RECITAL


The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington DC (400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017), on Sunday, October 23, 5:45 pm (free admission).

On October 25, 12:45 pm, Erich Türk will play the pipe organ at the Church of the Epiphany in New York (373 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10010). Free admission.

ERICH TÜRK - ORGAN RECITAL

The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York and the Embassy of Romania to the United States present Romanian organist Erich Türk at The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington DC (400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017), on Sunday, October 23, 5:45 pm.

On October 25, 12:45 pm, Erich Türk will play the pipe organ at the Church of the Epiphany in New York (373 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10010). Free admission.

On Monday, October 24, 7 pm, at RCINY Auditorium, screening of documentary "Transylvanian Pipe Organs – A journey to the roots…" (produced by Michael Schmidt Stiftung), and conversation with Erich Türk.

Program:Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Prelude and Fugue in E major BWV 566; Sigismund Toduta (1908-1991): Three Romanian Christmas Carols;Jehan Alain (1911-1940): Litanies; Hans Peter Türk (born 1940): In Honorem Honteri; Georg Ruzitska (1789-1869): Fugue on the theme BACH; Rudolf Lassel (1861-1918): Prelude and Fugue in C minor.

Georg Ruzitska (1789-1869) was born in Vienna, where he received a solid musical education, and met important composers like Joseph Haydn. At the age of 20, he came to Transylvania, having been hired by Count Bánffy as a tutor for the count´s daughters. He remained in Transylvania even after the daughters grew up and became the musical director of the piarist church as well as rector of the conservatory in the city of Cluj.

Rudolf Lassel was born in Brasov in Southern Transylvania. After studying in Leipzig, he returned to his home town, where he became the organist at the Black Church, one of the greatest gothic churches in South-East Europe, housing one of the greatest organs of the region (4 manuals, pedal and 63 stops, built by Carl August Buchholz from Berlin, 1839). Lassel´s talent had been well remembered in Leipzig and he was offered the „Thomaskantor“ postition, which had been occupied by Johann Sebastian Bach between 1723-1750. In fact, the Prelude and Fugue in C minor (included in tonight’s programme) was his first composition, written while he was a student in Leipzig. However, Lassel did not remain permanently in Leipzig, he prefered to stay in Brasov until the end of his life.

Sigismund Toduta (1908-1991) was one of the most remarkable personalities of Romanian musical culture of his time. After studying in Cluj and graduating in Rome, he became the first doctor in musicology in Romania. He composed five symphonies, two oratories, an opera, instrumental concerts, chamber music, piano pieces, songs and choirs. For the organ he wrote the Sinfonia B.A.C.H (1984) and Seven Choral-Preludes (1985). These choral-preludes, which are part of this programme, are based on traditional Romanian Christmas carols, old folk songs that are still sung today.

Hans Peter Türk (born 1940) studied composition with Sigismund Toduta at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in Cluj. He had been teaching harmony and composition at the same institute until he retired in 2012. In his works for orchestra, choir, organ and chamber music ensembles, he focusses especially on Transylvanian themes. „In Honorem Honteri” is a piece composed as variations on a theme of Johannes Honterus (1489-1549), who spread Luther´s reformation in Transylvania.

Erich Türk (born in 1972) studied organ at the „Gh. Dima” Music Academy in Cluj with Ursula Philippi and at the University Of Music And Performing Arts in Vienna with Michael Radulescu. He also studied the harpsichord with Ilton Wjuniski and Gordon Murray. He participated in several master-classes for organ, harpsichord and basso continuo in Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland and Moscow. Between 1995 and 1999 he was organist and choir conductor of the Evangelical Church in Mediaş. Since 1995 he has taught organ, harpsichord, organology and chamber music at the “Gh. Dima” Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca. As soloist and as a member of the Baroque Ensemble “Transylvania”, the Balkan Baroque Band and other chamber music ensembles he performed in Romania as well as most of the European countries. He made radio, TV and CD recordings, and with the Baroque Ensemble “Transylvania” he produced a documentary DVD on Transylvanian music. Mr. Türk is actively involved in early music revival and period instrument research, and is frequently a guest artist at Romanian early music festivals. He founded the TransylvANTIQs- label dedicated to local musical culture and has premiered several contemporary pieces by Romanian composers. At the international “J.S. Bach” Organ Contest in Bruges 2000 he was awarded the 2nd prize and the public´s prize.

Recitaluri de orgă la Washington, DC și New York, cu Erich Türk

Orga și compozițiile școlii transilvane de orgă exprimă atât de firesc multiculturalitatea, tradiţia, natura și patrimoniul inestimabil din interiorul arcului carpatic. Probabil, dintre toate țările central și est-europene, România, datorită orgilor transilvane, este țara cea mai binecuvantată cu aceste instrumente muzicale care au o vârstă seculară.

Institutul Cultural Român de la New York și Ambasada României din Washington, DC prezintă, duminică, 23 octombrie, 5:45 pm, un concert de orgă susținut de Erich Türk, la Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, din Washington (cea mai mare biserică catolică din SUA și America de Nord, și una dintre primele zece din lume, ca mărime). Programul concertului cuprinde compoziții de J.S. Bach, Georg Ruzitska, Rudolf Lassel, Jehan Alain, Sigismund Toduță și Hans Peter Türk.

Luni, 24 octombie, 7 pm, la sala Auditorium a ICR New York, va avea loc vizionarea documentarului „Orgile din Transilvania – o călătorie în timp…”, o producție a Fundației Michael Schmidt. Erich Türk va dialoga cu publicul și va vorbi despre tradiția școlii de organistică din România.

Marți, 25 octombrie, 12:45 pm, va fi prezentat publicului newyorkez recitalul de orgă susținut de Erich Türk la Church of the Epiphany (unul dintre cele mai moderniste edificii de cult din Manhattan).

Erich Türk a studiat orgă la Academia de Muzică “Gh. Dima” din Cluj-Napoca cu Ursula Philippi, şi la Universitatea de Muzică şi Artă Dramatică din Viena, cu Michael Radulescu. A studiat şi clavecin cu Ilton Wjuniski şi Gordon Murray. În Portugalia, Franţa, Germania, Elveţia şi la Moscova a participat activ la numeroase cursuri de măestrie de orgă, clavecin şi basso continuo. În 1995-1999 a fost organist şi dirijor de cor la Biserica evanghelică din Mediaş, tot din 1995, predă la Academia de Muzică “Gh. Dima” din Cluj-Napoca orgă, clavecin, organologie şi muzică de cameră. În calitate de solist, cât şi în calitate de membru al Ansamblului Baroc “Transilvania”, al Balkan Baroque Band şi a altor formaţii camerale a susţinut numeroase recitale în ţară şi în majoritatea ţărilor europene. A efectuat numeroase înregistrări radio, TV şi CD, iar cu Ansamblul Baroc “Transylvania” a realizat un DVD documentar cu muzică autohtonă. Erich Türk se implică în revigorarea muzicii vechi şi cercetarea instrumentelor de epocă, fiind un invitat frecvent al festivalurilor de profil din ţară. A fondat casa de discuri TransylvANTIQs dedicată culturii muzicale autohtone. Se ocupă şi de interpretarea muzicii contemporane, fiind protagonistul a numoeroase prime audiţii absolute. La Concursul Internaţional de Orgă “J.S. Bach” 2000, din Bruges, a obţinut premiul doi şi premiul publicului.

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