During “Culture Days” in Arna, I will have my first organ concert as organist/director of music in Arna church.
The organ of Arna church, was built in 1955 by Norwegian organ builder, Jørgensen. As many organs produced in the 40s, 50s and 60s, there were some fairly large issues with the organ, mostly electrical errors, but also damaged pipes etc.
All these issues led to a conclusion in the mid-1990s, that the organ had to be demolished, and there was a fund raising to collect money to build a new organ. Fortunately, one of my predecessors, discovered that the organ had many, many good qualities. They were just hidden behind all the electrical issues. After a while, he managed to convince the church of Bergen that a restoration of the organ would be sufficient.
So a couple of years ago, the organ was restored, repaired and enlarged, with 3 additional stops, which gives the organ a total of 43 stops, making it one of the largest instrument in Bergen municipality, except those found in downtown Bergen. During the restoration, air pressure inside the organ’s bellows, were increased, making it a much more powerfull organ than it was originally.
I’m very excited about this concert, and looking forward to perform my first of many organ concerts in Arna church.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Toccata & Fugue, “Dorian”, BWV 538
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707): Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott, BuxWV 184
Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837 – 1911): Grand Choeur, op. 84
Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992): From “La Nativité du Seigneur”: Jésus accepte la Souffrance
Flor Peeters (1903 – 1986): Aria, op. 51
César Franck (1822 – 1890): Choral no. 3, a minor