classical music

Isabelle Demers: Bach from Every Angle

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Admire three different images of Bach the organist and Marcel Dupré’s most dazzling display piece

Playing entirely from memory, Isabelle Demers returns to Royal Festival Hall for a recital highlighting Bach’s infinite expressive possibilities.

Six years since she helped inaugurate the newly restored organ, she returns to Southbank Centre’s magnificent instrument with its perfect array of colours for Bach’s music.

For his Cantata BWV.146, Bach created a huge organ concerto in the Italian style that leaps to life with boisterousness and verve.

After giving voice to Bach in display mode, Demers delves into one of the composer’s stunning Trio Sonatas for organ, in which Bach tests the technical limits of the organist in a three-way conversation between hands and feet.

But it’s not all about technique, as Bach’s boisterous final sonata proves.

In between, we hear Bach’s Prelude and Fugue for organ, nicknamed The Wedge. Why? Because its main theme ‘unfolds like a huge shark’s teeth,’ according to the composer’s biographer Nicholas Kenyon.

Demers completes her programme with a piece which isn’t by Bach, but which couldn’t have been written without him. Marcel Dupré wrote his Three Preludes and Fugues in 1914, in a Paris on the brink of war.

Dupré was inspired by Bach’s technical refinement, but created three 20th-century organ works that bring with them terrific momentum and scintillating display. Like Bach’s trio sonata, each asks for feats of technique that seem almost beyond comprehension.

A remarkable player.
THE TELEGRAPH

Performers

Isabelle Demers organ

Repertoire

JS Bach: Sinfonia from Cantata No.146 `Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal' arr. Dupré; Organ Sonata No.6 in G, BWV.530; Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV.548
Interval
Dupré: 3 Preludes & Fugues, Op.7

Dates & times

30 Nov 2020
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£15
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£15

Multi-buy discount
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Concessions

25% off
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Ticketing
Save money when you book two or more International Organ Series concerts. To receive your series discount, tickets to all the applicable concerts must be purchased in the same transaction – just add more events to your basket to get the discounts below.
Book 2 events, save 10%
Book 3 or more events, save 20%
Not available on Premium seats.

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Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk. Southbank Centre’s organ curator, William McVicker, interviews Isabelle Demers about her career as an international concert organist. Admission free.