Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
A too-brief summary of the popular late-summer festival and international competition in Finland.
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
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.