Spanish organist Juan de la Rubia holds the prominent position of leading organist at the world-famous Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. He also gives solo recitals in major concert halls and collaborates with leading orchestras around the world. His long-awaited recital at Megaron is dominated by Johann Sebastian Bach’s magnificent Passacaglia and fugue and César Franck’s imposing Third Choral – works by two composers widely regarded as the pre-eminent representatives of the German and French organ tradition, respectively. The other works in the programme are brilliant compositions by Mendelssohn and Gigout, which highlight the instrument’s endless tone colours, ranging from the most ethereal whisper to the most deafening and strong musical phrasing.
Anonymous (18th century): Españoleta
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in D minor, BWV 596 (transcription of Vivaldi’s Concerto for two violins)
Choral prelude “Von Gott will ich nicht Lassen” (“I will not forsake the Lord”), BWV 658
Passacaglia and fugue in C minor, BWV 582
Felix Mendelssohn: Variations sérieuses (“Serious variations”), opus 54 (transcription: R. Smits)
Eugène Gigout: Scherzo in E major (from Ten pieces for organ)
César Franck: Choral no. 3 in A minor