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Galway Cathedral Recitals

Organ Duet Four Feet

Organ Duet Four Feet
Admission €12.00; concessions €8.00
Biographies

It was by accident in 2002 that Kathinka and Stefan Frank played four hands for the first time: while masterclass students at the Munich University School of Music and Theatre, a concert called "Organ and..." gave them their first opportunity to play as an organ duet. Great success and an enthusiastic audience encouraged them to delve into this rare repertoire. Since then they have been performing regularly as Organ Duet Four feet - an allusion to an organ-building term specifying organ pipes - and have been exploring the possibilities of an organ duet, with 20 fingers and four feet, for interpreting complex musical structures. They are regular guests at festivals all over Europe and America, such as those in Passau Cathedral (Germany), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Aosta (Italy), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay).

A native of Austria, Kathinka Frank studied at the Mozarteum Academy of Music and Arts in Salzburg and at the University School of Music and Theatre in Munich, specialising in organ  (masterclass diploma) and church music (A-grade diploma) with distinction. She studied with Elisabeth Ullmann, Harald Feller, Guy Bovet, Ton Koopman and Michael Radulescu. As an interpreter she has concentrated on the German Baroque repertoire, in particular the compositions of J. S. Bach. She has been awarded the Bösendorfer Prize (Vienna).

Born in Bavaria in 1974, Stefan Frank studied at the University School of Music and Theatre in Munich, where he achieving distinction in the state examination and the concert diploma under Martha Schuster; at the same time he was a student of Jean Guillou in Paris. Since receiving the master class diploma summa cum laude under Edgar Krapp he has pursued an international career as an organ recitalist, giving guest performances at festivals such as the Internationale Orgelfestwochen Rheinland-Pfalz, the International Summer Concerts in Dublin, the cathedrals of Budapest and Szeged (Hungary), and the Dimanches Musicaux at the Madeleine in Paris, to name just a few. He has won several prizes, including first prize at the Jugend Musiziert competition in 1994, the Straubing Culture Award in 1998, and both the Munich Wolf-Memorial-Award and the Felix-Mottl-Award in 2000. He played for Yehudi Menuhin's "Live Music Now", and is artistic director at the pilgrimage church of Bogenberg. He lectures at the Anton-Bruckner-Gymnasium in Straubing. His CDs have been highly praised in the press. The NAXOS label engaged him to contribute to the recording of Max Reger´s complete organ works. As a harpsicordist he has played, among others, with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. Today he also conducts the Chamber Choire Straubing and the Lower Bavarian Chamber Orchestra, performing works such as Handel's Messiah, Bach's great oratorios and symphonic music such as Brahm's German Requiem and Orff's Carmina Burana.

Programme

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Adagio & fugue in C minor, KV546, for organ duet

Andreas Willscher (b. 1955)

Dying day in Moravia, for organ duet

Jean Langlais (1907-1991)

Double fantasy, for organ duet

Allegro

Final

Johann Georg Albrechtsberger (1736-1809)

Prelude & fugue in C, for organ duet

Andreas Willscher

Three sketches, for organ duet

Sketch in yellow-turquoise-black

Sketch in grey-silver-blue

Sketch in green-gold-orange

Charles Callaghan (b. 1951)

The emerald isle, for organ duet

Gustav Adolph Merkel (1827-1885)

Sonata in D minor, op. 30, for organ duet

Allegro moderato

Adagio

Allegro con fuoco