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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Highlights from Lahti (Part 1)

A too-brief summary of the popular late-summer festival and international competition in Finland.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • August 5, 1996

Featured Organ:

Music played in the program

JOSEPH BONNET: Concert Variations, Opus 1 –Dame Gillian Weir

OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Serene Alleluias, from Ascension Suite –Ligita Sneibe, competition second prize

MAURICE DURUFLÉ: Prelude & Fugue on the Name ALAIN, Opus 7 –Hanne Kuhlmann, competition first prize

SALLINEN: Chaconne –Olli Porthan

LOUIS VIERNE: Water Nymphs, Opus 55, number 4. NICOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Flight of the Bumble-bee. JEAN GUILLOU: Toccata –Olivier Latry

FRANZ LISZT: Consolation Number 1 in E –Francesco Finotti

OSKAR MERIKANTO: Prelude & Fugue in e –Kari Vuola

MARCO ENRICO BOSSI: Melodia, Number 5 and Marcia Festiv, Number 8, Opus 118 –Maija Lehtonen

OSKAR MERIKANTO: Postludium Number 1 in E-flat –Erkki Tuppurainen

These recordings were provided by the Finnish Radio, Helsinki. Performances feature the 1979 Virtanen organ of fifty-two stops at the Church of the Cross in Lahti, Finland. For more information about the Lahti Organ Festival, which is held each summer in the last week of July and first week of August, write: Lahti Festival, Kirkkokatu 5, SF-15110 Lahti, Finland.