International Organ Festival Haarlem 2018

Every Saturday in December

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Thanks to the partnership with the International Organ Festival Haarlem you can enjoy every Saturday in December the highlights of the concerts on the impressive Müller organ. 

The concert is broadcasted three times every Saturday at 4h, 12h and 20h (UTC/GMT +1).

Special thanks to Peter Ouwerkerk, general manager of the International Organ Festival Haarlem, to Jos van der Linden for recordings the concerts and to the city Haarlem and the Municipal Organ Concerts Haarlem.

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Saturday December the 1st: Concert in memoriam Piet Kee

at 4h, 12h and 20h UTC/GMT +1


Nationaal Gemengd Jeugdkoor

Guest conductor: Sigvards Kļava

Preparation: Wilma ten Wolde

Vocal coach: Irene Verburg

Boy soprano: Rik de Jong

Bariton: Steven van der Linden

Organ: Ben van Oosten


Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit - Louis Bourgeois

Vor deinen Thron tret' ich hiermit BWV 668 - Johann Sebastian Bach

Virgencita - Arvo Pärt

Troisième Choral - César Franck

Requiem op. 9 - Maurice Duruflé

Saturday December the 8th: Concert by the jury and winner of the Improvisation competition

at 4h, 12h and 20h UTC/GMT +1


Vincent Thévenaz 

Guus Janssen

Bernard Haas

Franz Danksagmüller

Wu Wei, sheng

Geerten van de Wetering


Improvisatie (Vincent Thévenaz)

Reunion - Guus Janssen (Guus Janssen & Wu Wei)

Etude nr. 2 'Les Espaces' - Bruce Mather (Bernard Haas)

An Wasserflüssen Babylon BWV 653 - Johann Sebastian Bach (Bernard Haas)

Preludes nr. 2 & 4 - Christian Wolff (Bernard Haas)

Versetto & Ligatura - György Kurtág (Bernard Haas)

*Improvisation (Franz Danksagmüller)

Improvisation 1 with Wu Wei (Geerten van de Wetering, Wu Wei)

Improvisation 2a using Theme 1 or 2 (Geerten van de Wetering)

Improvisation 2b using Theme 3 (Geerten van de Wetering)

Improvisation 2c (Fuga) using Theme 4 or 5 (Geerten van de Wetering)

*Improvisation Franz Danksagmüller based on The Mask of the Red Death

The Red Death has been raging in the country for a long time ...

While the plague raged with unbroken force - Prince Prospero gathered his friends at a masquerade's ball with unbelievable splendor in a fortified abbey ..

There were seven truly royal chambers in which the feast was held ...

The room at the east end was for example decorated in blue, so its windows were bright blue ...

The following room was purple in wallcovering and furnishing ..

The third one was all green ...

The fourth room was orange, the fifth was white, the sixth violet ...

The walls of the seventh room, however, were densely covered with black velvet ... with scarlet red decoration - like blood ..

In this room on the west wall was a tall grandfather clock in a gigantic ebony box. As long as the beat of the clock sounded, you saw even the happiest one turn pale ...

... the twelve-stroke of midnight ... a mask that had never been noticed before and that represented the figure of Red Death ...

... a piercing scream ... the next moment, Prince Prospero fell to the floor fighting for his life ...

... there was nothing behind the corpse mask - it was empty ...

And now they recognized the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night ...

Saturday December the 15th: Municipal Organ Concert

at 4h, 12h and 20h UTC/GMT +1


Geerten Liefting

Leo van Doeselaar

Reitze Smits

Jean-Baptiste Robin


Improvisation on 'Victimae Paschali Laudes' and Psalm 80 (Geerten Liefting)

Toccata C maj BWV 564 - Johann Sebastian Bach (Leo van Doeselaar)

Deuxième Fantaisie - Jehan Alain (Geerten Liefting)

Memories III - Jan Welmers (Leo van Doeselaar)

Rempart de la Croix - Jean-Louis Florentz (Geerten Liefting)

Adagio & Fuge C maj BWV 564 - Johann Sebastian Bach (Leo van Doeselaar)

Improvisation (Geerten Liefting)

Passacaglia uit de vierde Symphonie (arr. Reitze Smits) - Johannes Brahms (Reitze Smits)

The Hands of Time - Jean-Baptiste Robin (Jean-Baptiste Robin)

Saturday December the 22nd: The Sweelinck-Muller Reward

at 4h, 12h and 20h UTC/GMT +1


Laurens de Man

Lidia Olthoff, hoorn


Hell und Dunkel - Sofia Goebajdoelina

Elégie - Francis Poulenc

Danse Macabre - Camille Saint-Saëns

Par ma vie, par ma mort uit Tombeau d'Olivier Messiaen - Naji Hakim

Saturday December the 29th: Municipal Organ Concert

at 4h, 12h and 20h UTC/GMT +1


Lorenzo Ghielmi

Olivier Latry


Praeludium G min BuWV 149 - Dietrich Buxtehude (Lorenzo Ghielmi)

Toccata per l'Elevazione - Girolamo Frescobaldi (Lorenzo Ghielmi)

Praeludium en Fuge C maj BWV 531 - Johann Sebastian Bach (Lorenzo Ghielmi)

Allein Gott in der Höh' sey Ehr BWV 662 - Johann Sebastian Bach (Lorenzo Ghielmi)

Offertoire sur les grands jeux - François Couperin (Olivier Latry)

Tierce en taille - Nicolas De Grigny (Olivier Latry)

Praeludium ES maj BWV 552 - Johann Sebastian Bach (Olivier Latry)

Preludio e Fuga BES maj - Johann Georg Albrechtsberger (Lorenzo Ghielmi & Olivier Latry)