93. Konzert des Polditzer Orgelreigens
J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Sinfonia de la Cantate BWV 29 trancrite par André Isoir
Air “Mein gläubiges Herze” de la cantate BWV 68*
Preludio de la Sonate pour violon BWV 1001* et fugue BWV 539
*transcription pour orgue par André Isoir
C.P.E. BACH (1714-1788) Cinquième Sonate in d dur H86
Allegro di molto
Adagio e mesto
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Choral prelude et fugue O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid
Alexandre GUILMANT (1837-1911)
Was Gott thut, das ist wholgethan
Benoît MERNIER (né en 1964)
Jehan ALAIN (1911-1940)
François Espinasse was born in 1961. He graduated from the Conservatoire de Toulouse, having studied the organ under Xavier Darasse. In 1980 he won first prize for a performance of organ music, and the next year he completed a course of study to improve his performing technique under André Isoir. He has been a prize-winner of international competitions in Toulouse (“contemporary music” category, 1986) and Musashino (Japan, 1988).
François Espinasse is organist at the Église Saint-Séverin in Paris; he also teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon and is member of the National Commission for the Preservation of Historic Monuments (organ department). In 2010 he was appointed Organist “par quartiers” of the Royal Chapel at the palace of Versailles.
As a concert musician and guest teacher, François Espinasse has visited more than twenty countries. Moreover, he also sits on the juries of several international organ competitions. His recordings never fail to draw glowing praise from the critics.
A passionate admirer of contemporary music, Espinasse frequently performs works by living composers.