Artists

Martin Helmchen

Piano

Program

Johann Sebastian Bach

Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland BWV 659 (Arrangement for Piano: Ferruccio Busoni)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645 (Arrangement for Piano: Ferruccio Busoni)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Nun freut euch, liebe Christen gmein BWV 734 (Arrangement for Piano: Ferruccio Busoni)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Herzlich thut mich verlangen BWV 727 (Arrangement for Piano: Max Reger)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Nun danket alle Gott BWV 657 (Arrangement for Piano: Max Reger)

Franz Liszt

Prelude after a theme from "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen" by J. S. Bach S 179

Franz Liszt

Vexilla regis prodeunt S 185

Franz Liszt

Légende "St. François d'Assise: La Prédication aux Oiseaux" S 175/1

César Franck

Prélude, chorale et fugue M 21

Olivier Messiaen

Excerpts from "Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus"

Duration: c.: 1h 50m with one intermission

A pianistic perspective on Christian religion is the focus of Martin Helmchen’s solo recital. The program assembles works by four composers in whose lives the spiritual dimension was a central factor: chorale preludes by Bach the Thomaskantor, arranged by Ferruccio Busoni and Max Reger, mark the opening. Compositions by Liszt (who in his later years received the minor orders of priesthood) and César Franck (a church organist for 30 years) precede a selection from the visionary Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus (“Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus”) by Olivier Messiaen, whose entire oeuvre is steeped in his Catholic faith.