Thursday, January 05, 2006

Sorabji's 2nd Organ Symphony in Darmstadt

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji is, that must be said, a very controversial composer. By all means, he sure does not like the small form. His "Opus Clavicembalisticum", for solo piano, lasts some five hours.

Today I was pointed to a rare event: one of his major works, the 2nd Organ Symphony, will be performed by Kevin Bowyer in the Pauluskirche in Darmstadt on October 14th this year. The concert is intended to last from 1 p.m. to about 9 p.m. - so that's another large-scale thing to discover.

Given that I don't know the 2nd Organ Symphony at all and have only ever listened to excerpts of the first, and given that Kevin Bowyer is perhaps the ideal interpreter of Sorabji's works for organ (as I've been told), I'll surely grab me a ticket as soon as possible.

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