Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
He took his first keyboard lesson at age seven, and only two years later won an important competition, made his international recital debut, and took on the duties of a church organist. Talk about precocious. On our next Pipedreams program, we visit with the talented young German phenom, Felix Hell, a student at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with three compact discs and more than 200 recitals to his credit in Europe, Russia, and the United States. Did we mention that he just turned 16?
We’ll chat with Felix and his father Hans-Friedrich, listen to performances from ‘the early years’, and sample his current state-of-the-art in concert and on CD. And you thought that organ music was only for old folks? Audiences around the world are changing their mind when presented with the dynamic playing of Felix Hell. It’s Felicitous Felix, this week on Pipedreams.
Already, Felix has performed more than 150 recitals in Germany, Iceland, Russia, and the United States. He spent last year in study with John Weaver at New York City’s Juilliard School and this year moves to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Find out more about him on his own Web site. Recital recordings were made during Felix’s appearance at a Pipe Organ Encounter for high-school aged students, sponsored by the SE Minnesota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Vom Himmel hoch, S. 700 (1986 Vier/St. Lawrence Church, Dirmstein, Germany) private recording
JOSEPH JONGEN: Toccata (see above)