Taking its cue from the centenaries of Claude Debussy, Charles Gounod and Lili Boulanger, Pipeworks Festival celebrates the last one hundred years of the French organ and choral tradition.
The festival’s gala performance takes place in the majestic setting of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and is an opportunity to hear Ireland’s flagship orchestra teamed with the renowned Willis organ in an exciting and dynamic programme which will appeal to aficionados of contemporary organ music and lovers of the great classics alike. Cathedral Organist David Leigh vies for supremacy with the full resources of the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of leading Irish conductor David Brophy.
The programme features the Irish première of Thierry Escaich’s virtuosic First Organ Concerto. Composer, organist and improviser Thierry Escaich is a unique figure in contemporary music and one of the most significant French composers of his generation. “His concerto exploits the full sonic and colour ranges of orchestra and organ in this thrilling three-movement work, the second movement rising to an awe-inspiring climax only topped by the shattering coda of the finale.” Gramophone, September 2014.