Category: Music

Admiration for Konjaev’s art at the organ

An organist from paris once calculated that during an average organ concert, at least 50,000 keystrokes are made by the organist. This is a complex sequence of movements that requires the precise coordination of the ten fingers and the two fubes.
This high art of organ playing was demonstrated anew on sunday evening by hochstadt artist gabriel konjaev. In the traditional concert for the old town festival, he once again filled the stadtpfarrkirche st. Georg, at whose organ he feels at home liturgically, at church services, or in concerts. Konjaev has been giving these concerts for 16 years and thus contributes to the cultural side of the hochstadt old town festival.

Works of the master of all masters
This year's program surpassed all expectations, not only for music lovers expectations. Konjaev has designed his concerts as a synthesis of the epochs for several years now. The first part of his performance was dedicated to the "master of all masters" at the organ: johann sebastian bach. With three in tempo and rhythmic very demanding works of the rough baroque composer konjaev showed his skills on. He was not afraid to start with the rough C major praludium and the corresponding fugue. Bach had enjoyed it just as much as the other two pieces from his compositional pen.
Beside the chorale "our father in the kingdom of heaven" the 11 (!) variations to the chorale "sei gegrubet, jesu gutig" (be well, jesus good) for reflection. And konjaev expressed that he himself has intensively reflected and internalized these variations.
In the second part of the concert konjaev devoted himself to romantic organ literature. Hardly any of the rough organists dare to play the B-A-C-H praludium including fugue by franz liszt in a public performance. Konjaev gave it his best in the truest sense of the word. In addition, he wrestled all its possibilities from the well parrying sage organ in the city parish church and demanded all sound possibilities and tone facets especially at this point of the program. Although konjaev endeared himself to his audience with two sympathetic works by thomas salome, a rather unknown composer of the 19th century, he was not able to play them. Take a deep breath at the beginning of the 21st century. Then, however, for the finale, the carillon de westminster by louis vierne. The famous carillon of the english parliament building becomes the basis for a spectacular sound experience.

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Fingers flew, fube danced

Kronach- luther lives! The organ concert on sunday in the christuskirche in kronach made a wonderful contribution to the current jubilee year. Deanery cantor marius popp and sabine steinmetz, church musician at stuttgart's paulus church, took their seats together on the organ bench in the gallery. With rough playful konnen they love in best harmony wonderful works of enjott schneider, jean langlais, naji hakim, josef haydn as well as wolfgang amadeus mozart sound out.
The twenty fingers and the four keys seemed to glide effortlessly over the black-and-white keyboard and pedals – to the delight of the many music lovers, who – swaying to the rhythm of the magnificent organ music – were spellbound in the organ loft by the unusual sight.

Highest level of concentration

What looks so simple requires – according to marius popp – a high level of concentration. Sometimes it is quite difficult not to get in each other's way. "But we worked hard", he revealed. His brother-in-law, sabine steinmetz, also joined in. Unfortunately, not many pieces have been composed for the queen of instruments that require the simultaneous use of four hands and four fists.

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Contakt house in Coburg: haunting sounds of farewell

contakt house in coburg: haunting sounds of farewell

Just one last dance, just one last song to sing. Don’t stop singing and dancing – who knows which day will be the last one?. And maybe the singing and dancing will drive away the end that is coming sometime.

Pulsating rhythm

The music played by the klezmer quartet sher on a shier at its coburg performance in haus contakt plays its very own game with time. Their rhythm is somehow an echo of the heartbeat. This rhythm pulsates – sometimes in the accordion of paula sell, sometimes in the double bass of sabine doll – on, on and on.

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Megaupload founder dotcom remains free

According to the prosecution, the megaupload founder actually wanted 220,000 dollars per month plus a one-time million for the rent of his presence. The kiel native, who was originally kim schmitz, may now wait in his home north of auckland for his extradition hearing in august.

The U.S. Authorities had dotcom and his associates arrested in new zealand a little over a month ago. They accuse them of having made megaupload one of the biggest distribution sites for illegal copies of music and films on the internet. The rights holders had suffered half a billion dollars in damages as a result. Dotcom rejects the accusations and defends herself against extradition.

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