Saturday 27 October 2018
St John's Southgate
20 City Road
Southbank [view Google Map]
Organ and direction
Albrecht Koch, Domkantor St. Marien Freiberg, Germany
Vocal and instrumental soloists
David Irving - violin
Brock Imerson - bassoon
Kate Macfarlane - soprano
Oliver Mann - bass
Abendmusik joins renowned Organist and Conductor, Albrecht Koch (Domkantor St. Marien, Freiberg, President of the Silbermann Organ Society) with a host of Australia's finest early music practitioners. Abendmusik imagines a scenario where one of Bach's earliest Arnstadt Cantatas found its way into the hands of Dietrich Buxtehude shortly before his death in 1707. In the tradition of Buxtehude's Lübecker Abendmusik, devotional and secular music by the pre-Bach German masters will be heard alongside the inspiring works of a young Johann Sebastian Bach.
Visiting organist and musical director: Albrecht Koch
As an organist and conductor, Albrecht is one of the most innovative personalities of Saxon church music in Germany. As a musician as well as an artistic director of the Silbermann-Tage, he always impresses with enthralling interpretations, impressive programs and great artistic creativity.
Born in Dresden in 1976, Koch gained important musical experience in the Dresden Kreuzchor as a child. Since 2008, Albrecht Koch is a cathedral cantor and organist in Freiberg/Saxony, where he is entrusted with the Silbermann organ of 1714 one of the most important organs of the Baroque period. He directs the Domchor and the Domkurrenden at the Freiberger Dom, with which he not only performs the great works of Johann Sebastian Bach, but also receives widespread recognition through the development and re-enactment of forgotten works from Saxon music history. With his ensemble Freiberger Dom-Music and chordae freybergenses, he also traces the original sound of the Renaissance, which has survived to this day with the angel instruments from 1594 in the burial place of the Wettiners in the Freiberg Cathedral.
Albrecht Koch is an internationally renowned artist: he has performed at the Bachfest Leipzig, the Dresden Music Festival, the Organ Festival Holland, the Toulouse les Orgues Festival or the Organ Festival Madeira. Concert tours took him to numerous European countries and Australia. Radio, CD and film productions, nominated for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, paint a picture of his work. He is regularly engaged as a juror for important European organ competitions and teaches at the University of Music and Performing Arts Leipzig. Read more