St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney

Organ Recital Programs

Fridays 1.10pm - 1.40pm

Gold Coin Donation

August 2007

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August 3
Andreas Meisner (Altenberg Cathedral, Germany)

Sonata Eroica, op. 94  

Sinfonischer Choral “Jesu meine Freude"
Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)

Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
From 6 July to August 3, 2007, Australian and New Zealand audiences will
have an opportunity to experience the consummate musicianship of
Andreas Meisner, Organist of Altenberg Cathedral in the Rhineland east of

Born in 1959, Andreas Meisner studied Protestant church music at the Music
Academy of Cologne, passing the prestigious "A-Examination" in 1984 and
subsequently completed his organ studies in Stuttgart with Prof. Ludger
Lohmann. There he achieved his Master's degree in 1986. He has also
participated in master classes with Marie-Claire Alain and Wolfgang Rübsam.

His organ repertoire includes works from all eras. He regularly gives concerts on
historic (Baroque) organs as well as on grand organs from the romantic period.
Andreas Meisner specialises in French and German music from the romantic
and impressionistic era with an emphasis on transcriptions and organ music
from Belgium and the Netherlands.

Andreas Meisner has been Organist of Altenberg Cathedral since 1985. In this
position he is also responsible for the artistic arrangement of the regular Sunday
concerts and takes part in the annual International Organ-Academy at Altenberg.
The music programme at Altenberg Cathedral is one of the most extensive in
any European Cathedral and draws consistently fine performers of organists,
instrumentalists, vocal soloists and acclaimed choral groups. Central to this
activity is the four manual 1981 Klais organ, which is one of the finest creations
from Klais organ manufacturers in the 1980s. A programme of refurbishment
and enlargement to the organ has recently been completed.

Renowned also as a choral conductor Andreas Meisner directs three choirs,
Oratorienchor Köln, Kleiner Chor Köln and Domkantorei Altenberg. As in his
organ repertoire there is an inclination to (monumental) romantic, late romantic
and contemporary compositions. All three choirs perform regularly in Kölner
Philharmonie, Cologne Dom and Altenberg Cathedral.

Andreas Meisner has recorded many CDs with several releases for the Mitra
label; recorded radio broadcasts and performs concerts regularly across Europe,
Israel and the United States.

Academic appointments have included a teachership for choral conducting at the
Music Academy of Cologne. He is recognised as a skilled communicator and
teacher. Further involvement as a publisher and editor with Edition Dohr
(Cologne) conclude the image of a very versatile musician.

In 2003 Andreas Meisner undertook a tour of New Zealand incorporating the
centres of Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Such
was the enthusiastic response to his playing that he has been invited back to
undertake another tour of the country with concerts, master classes and choral
conducting engagements in Auckland, Hamilton, Masterton, Wellington Town
Hall, Christchurch Town Hall and Timaru in July 2007. He has a warm and
engaging personality and possesses an excellent command of the English

Information regarding Andreas Meisner can be found on two web sites:

August 10
Sarah Kim (Post-grad student, Paris Conservatoire)

Symphony No. 3 in F sharp minor
  1. Allegro Maestoso
  2. Cantilene
  3. Intermezzo
  4. Adagio
  5. Final
Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

August 17
David Kinsela (Sydney)

Organ music of Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707)

1 Praeludium in G Minor, ‘Transformation Praeludium’ 150

2 Chaconne in C Minor 159

3 Must death cause a separation? Muss den Tod den auch entbinden (‘Klag-Lied’) 76

4 Man, to survive in blessedness Mensch, willst du leben seliglich hymn / 206

5 Canzona in C Major 166

6 Thanks to the Lord Danket dem Herren hymn / 181

7 Praeludium in E Minor, ‘Detachment Praeludium’ 142

N.B. Identification numbers signify BuxWV, Buxtehude Werke Verzeichnis.

Hymn harmonisation of Mensch, willst du leben [4] by
Samuel Scheidt and Danket dem Herren [6] by J. S. Bach.

August 24
Gershom Dacoco (Organ Scholar, St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney)

Sonata No.1 - Allegro moderato e serioso

Huit Chants de Bretagne - Jesus nous dit de prier


Praeludium und Fugue in G Minor BuxWV149

Chorale Prelude: Ershienen ist

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)

Jean Langlais (1907 - 1991)

Jean Langlais (1907 - 1991)

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707)

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707)

Albert Renaud (1855 - 1924)(

August 31
Peter Guy (Organist, Christchurch Cathedral, Newcastle)

Praeludium in G minor BuxWV149

Andante in E flat

Lied and Berceuse from 24 pieces in free style

Rorate Caeli

Humoresque “L’organo primitivo”

Hymne au Soleil
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707)

SS Wesley (1810 - 1876)

Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Jeanne Demmessieux (1921 - 1968)

Pietro Yon (1886 - 1943)

Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

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