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Organ metropolis Munich, Germany

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SPECIAL: München
SPECIAL: München
SPECIAL: München
SPECIAL: München
München, Isar Philharmonie, Johannes Klais Organ
The great hall of the Munich Philharmonie is home to a Klais concert organ from 1984. The impressive asymmetrical organ front was a milestone in the design of modern organs at the time. The instrument is a universal organ in the best sense of the word with a total of 74 stops: a classical Hauptwerk (II) is joined by a baroque Rückpositiv (I), a large French Récit expressif (III) and a more delicate Schwellwerk (IV) inspired by German Romanticism. Furthermore, the organ has two consoles: a classical mechanical one directly on the case and a mobile electric one on the stage.
Anyone who turns around for the first time when visiting the Herz Jesu parish church in the Munich district of Neuhausen will be surprised by the black “gallery box”, from whose darkness a square wall of pipes gleams silvery and elegant. The ends of the pipes are not covered by a case, but disappear mysteriously into the darkness of the gallery. Behind this avant-garde facade, however, is a relatively conventional universal organ with 67 stops over three manuals. In 2004, organ builder Gerald Woehl from Marburg created an instrument that combines several stylistic influences: The Oberwerk (Manual II) is based on Middle German models – the organs of Johann Sebastian Bach – while the Schwellwerk (Manual III) clearly speaks a French Symphonic language.
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Muenchen, Herz Jesu, Gerald Woehl organ
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Munich St. Peter parish church, Johannes Klais organ © St. Peter
In 2003, the Catholic parish church of St. Peter received a new organ from the Klais company in Bonn with four manuals. 58 stops are distributed among the Hauptwerk (I), Solo (II), Schwellwerk (III), Bombarde (IV) and Pedal. The four-manual console is visually based on the Cavaillé-Coll model and, like the latter, is positioned facing the altar.
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Munich, St. Mary´s church, Georg Jann organ
Munich Cathedral currently houses two instruments built in 1993/1994 by the organ-building company Georg Jann from Allkofen. The facade is based on the Stellwagen organ of St. Mary’s Church in Stralsund (northern Germany) and translates its formal language into modernity. The main organ has 95 stops over four manuals and pedal as well as two consoles: a tracker action instrument in the classical construction style, including a Rückpositiv and an electric one on the main gallery below. The choir organ, with its 36 stops over three manuals, can also be played from these two consoles. A unique register of the organ is the Horn 8‘ reed stop in the Hauptwerk.

St. Peterskirche

2003 erhielt die katholische Stadtpfarrkirche St. Peter eine neue Orgel der Firma Klais aus Bonn mit vier Manualen. 58 Register verteilen sich auf die Werke Hauptwerk (I), Solo (II), Schwellwerk (III), Bombarde (IV) und Pedal. Der viermanualige Spieltisch lehnt sich optisch an Vorbilder von Cavaillé-Coll an und ist ebenso wie diese mit Blick zum Altar aufgestellt.
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Bach Choir and Bach Orchestra, Munich © Thomas Baumann
With vividly structured Bach interpretations, the the Munich Bach Choir and the Bach Orchestra at concerts at home and abroad. Inspired by historical performance practice, they present baroque musical art in a contemporary, exciting guise – and beyond that, a versatile repertoire “”from Bach to Bernstein”” with unusual programme concepts. Founded in 1954 by Karl Richter and directed until his early death in 1981, the work was subsequently continued by renowned conductors, among them 1984-2001 by Hanns-Martin Schneidt and famous guest conductors such as Peter Schreier. At the beginning of the 2005/06 season, Hansjörg Albrecht became the new artistic director, “”a stroke of luck for the Munich Bach Choir””, according to critics. Under him, the choir developed a new artistic profile and its much-praised transparent sound.
Hansjörg Albrecht is regarded as a musical prodigy and is one of the few concert organists who is also regularly present internationally as a conductor. He is Artistic Director of the Munich Bach Choir & Bach Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Petruzzelli Bari, Guest Conductor of the Carl-Phillip-Emanuel-Bach-Chores Hamburg, as well as a frequent guest with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the the Staatskapelle Weimar. He gives concerts in the great music centres of Europe as well as in Japan and New York. In the meantime, both as an organist and as a conductor, he has released more than 25 albums and was nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 2013.

Christian Bischof

Christian Bischof has been the director of music at St. Margaret’s in Munich since 2013 and was also responsible for the extensive organ renovation. In 2020, he became deputy diocesan music director and has since been in charge of church music training in the archdiocese as well as the “Münchener Kantorenschule”. As a pupil, Bishop was a member of the famous “Regensburger Domspatzen” and studied church music in Würzburg and Piteå/Sweden. He graduated with a Masters Diploma in Organ. This versatile musician has performed throughout Europe, Russia and the USA, e.g. as Artist-in-Residence at Michigan University.
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Hansjörg Albrecht © Florian Wagner (left)
Christian Bischof © Thomas Stimmel (right)
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Stephan Zippe © HMT München
Since 2006, Stephan Zippe has been Professor of Gregorian chant and German liturgical singing at the Musikhochschule München, where he particularly became interested in this oldest form of liturgical singing. He is also active as a scholar in the field and researcher of Gregorian chant. Moreover, since 2019, Zippe has been diocesan music director of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.
Letting the organ speak: That is the declared goal of organist Peter Kofler, who, since 2017, has been realising a complete recording of all organ works by J.S. Bach under the title “”OpusBach”” in the Munich church of St. Michael, using a new type of recording technology that acoustically maps the space in its expanse – an invitation to hear Bach in a new way! Kofler studied organ and harpsichord in his hometown of Bolzano in South Tyrol and then in Munich. He performs on both instruments throughout Europe as a soloist, chamber musician with renowned instrumental colleges and also in orchestras under renowned conductors. Since 2008, Peter Kofler, who has won several awards, has been organist at the Jesuit Church of St. Michael and also teaches organ and choral conducting at the Munich Academy of Music.

Christian Benning

Christian Benning, multi-percussionist, studied in Munich and the USA with famous teachers (including Peter Sadlo) and has toured Europe and North America, Asia and Africa as a soloist, with various formations and as a guest with renowned orchestras. He was a scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, a cultural prize winner of the Süddeutsche Zeitung and has several competition successes to his credit. He is a timpanist at the Port Louis Opera and a lecturer at the National Conservatory of Mauritius. He is currently developing CreativeBeats, a new hybrid percussion instrument. https://www.christianbenning.de/
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Peter Kofler © Walter Glück (left)
Christian Benning © CB (right)
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Christian Benning Percussion Group © Alexander Frank
Tradition – transformation – future: This is the artistic claim of the “Christian Benning Percussion Group”, which has made it its task to take up and transform works from past centuries, such as Bach or Beethoven, in addition to classics of modern percussion literature. The Christian Benning Percussion Group appears in this film as a quartet formation with Christian Benning, Felix Kolb, Marcel Morikawa and Patrick Stapleton. The young musicians met at the Munich Musikhochschule, where they studied with Peter Sadlo, Alexej Gerassimez, Adel Shalaby, Raymond Curfs, Arnold Riedhammer and Wolfram Winkel, all of whom can be considered patrons of the ensemble. The first joint international concerts already took place in Egypt and Oman in 2012. The percussion-only formation was officially founded in 2015, and since then concerts have taken place at the Karlsruhe Centre for Art & Media, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, Bremen’s Glocke, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie or at the Festival of Young Artists in Bayreuth, among others. And of course in Munich, where the press acclaims the “elegant perfection” and unanimously judges: “Phenomenal!

SPECIAL Munich

Organ metropolis Munich, Germany

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