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.
PerformersIsabelle Demers organ
RepertoireJS 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
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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.