TANZ – TOCCATA – TANZ – ANNERÖS HULLIGER, ORGAN
Johann Sebastian BACH: Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564: I. Toccata – II. Adagio – III. Fugue – Michel Richard DELALANDE: Symphonie des Noëls: Prélude in C Major – Léon BOËLLMANN: Suite Gothique, Op. 25: II. Menuet gothique – Théodore DUBOIS: 12 Pièces pour grand orgue: III. Toccata in G Major – Johann SPETH: Ars Magna Consoni et Dissoni: Toccata prima – Béla BARTÓK: Mikrokosmos, Sz. 107: Sechs Miniaturen – Anton HEILLER: Tanz-Toccata – Béla BARTÓK: Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 – Johann SPETH: Ars Magna Consoni et Dissoni: Toccata decima – Eugène GIGOUD: 10 Pièces pour orgue: No. 4 Toccata in B Minor – Louis James Alfred LEFÉBURE-WÉLY: Boléro de concert, Op. 166 – Michel Richard DELALANDE: Suite de danses in D Major: Grand-Air – Rigaudon – Tambourin – Johann Sebastian BACH: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565.
Annerös Hulliger, Organ.
TANZ TOCCATA TANZ
This title opens a surprising window of views onto fantastic sound landscapes,leading us, above all, into the depths of my memories of Anton Heiller and his Tanz-Toccata. It is this piece that occupies the place of honour at the centre of this programme, surrounded by toccatas of all kinds, its dancing movement calling for agile fingers, skilful feet, and a cheerful spirit.
My choice of pieces required an organ capable of perfectly translating both a German and a French repertoire, and these qualities are to be found in the work of the Goll organ-building firm (Lucerne), which, in 1991, installed a new organ in the historic, 163-year-old case by the Swiss builder Franz Josef Remigius Bossart (1777-1853).
The Goll in the French Church of Bern speaks a harmonious German whilst elegantly fulfilling its role as ambassador of France. Even after 30 years of existence, this organ manages to convince with its creative beauty and richness of sound: truly, a work that honours its creator! I am grateful for the hospitality and generosity with which this instrument was lent to me. Sheltered from street noise, in a welcome silence provided by the virus, I was able to work undisturbed in this venerable edifice. The organ was my inspired partner, my graceful dancer and my knowledgeable guide in this lovely musical garden.