Opening concert
Klosterkirche St. Nikolaus

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Eskilstuna Oratoriekören, Mila Thoors, conductor
Andra Isabel Prins, alto
Christoph Lahme, harmonium
Robert Weinsheimer, piano

Inspired by Gioachino Rossini's artistry in adding colour to his "Petite Messe Solennelle" using this particular instrumentation Tadeusz Klaus wrote his Requiem for alto singer, mixed voices, piano and harmonium. It saw its first preformance at the Eskilstuna monastery church in November 2018 in Sweden and will follow here movements from Brahms' "Ein deutsches Requiem" adapted for harmonium solo by Sigfrid Karg-Elert and harmonium piano duo by August Reinhard – just to show how intense and impressive the transcription of an orchestral work to chamber music can be.

Original versus adaptation

Friday, October 4th, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Sebastian Langer, clarinet
Marc Gornetzki, harmonium
Jori Schulze-Reimpell, piano
Klaus Langer, presentation

Towards the end of the 19th century a parlour reed organ and a piano were popular in middle or upper class homes, played by the daughters to show their education in music. Due to the lack of sound recordings you had to play an instrument yourself to reproduce the music you admired. So transcriptions of orchestral works and chamber music made a lion's share of the scores edited. Some examples will allow us to take a glance at this musical practice from the historic and sociological point of view.

August Reinhard Portrait

Friday, October 4th, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Marc Gornetzki, Harmonium
Jori Schulze-Reimpell, Klavier

"Immortals" the composer August Reinhard called his collection of famous works he transcribed for piano and harmonium duo. It contains pieces originating from ochestral as well as chamber music of the classic and romantic period and shows his brilliant craftsmanship. To prove this our artists of the day select a number of popular compositions to present to the audience.

A trip to France
Liaison extraordinaire plus...

Saturday, October 5th, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Viola Gräfenstein, recitation
Christoph Lahme, harmonium
Oliver Drechsel, piano

The flair of Paris has been captured by many composers, musicians and writers throughout the ages. A wide range of solo and duo music starting with Chopin and Debussy and ending up with Edith Piaf is framed by poems, lyrics and short stories – vivid snap-shots of the French way of life.

Harmonium Piano Duo

Saturday, October 5th, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Tom Scott, piano
Jonathan Scott, harmonium

Presenting a new programme Tom and Jonathan Scott join us again at this year's festival. Original masterpieces of the romantic period are complemented by new striking arrangements penned by Jonathan himself. You will be thrilled by their expressive and virtuoso performance.

> More informations about the Scott Brothers Duo you will find here
Forgotten Romanticism

Sunday, October 6th, 2019, 11:00 a.m.

Dirk Luijmes, harmonium
Ellen Corver, piano

Dirk Luijmes is not only known as a distinguished interpreter of contemporary harmonium music but also as an experienced researcher for lost music scores of former times. He has already recovered many precious treasures from the archives and reconstructed them for practical use. Just listen to these romantic treats!

> Just have a look at the websites of Dirk Luijmes and Ellen Corver
Harmonium meets...
... Coffeehouse

Sunday, October 6th, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Salonorchester Varieté
Stefanie Irgang, Violine • Alena Wilsdorf, Flöte • Sebastian Langer, Klarinette
Arne Diekow, Violoncello • Elena Migliore, Klavier • Klaus Langer, Harmonium

The so called palm court music to be heard at coffeehouses and spa concerts is traditionally played by a small ensemble consisting of varying instrumentations: mostly a solo violine, flute, clarinet, cello, harmonium and piano play a wide repertoire of opera overtures, operetta melodies, Viennese waltzes, classical and ballroom dance music like tangos and foxtrots, and arrangements of popular songs. Our programme comes in proper style with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake included...