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Composer: Escaich, Thierry (b. 1965)

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Year of birth1965
NationalityFrance
PeriodContemporary
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HamburgIveta Apkalna / Staatschor Latvija / Māris Sirmais

Rogg, Escaich, Vasks, Kalējs, Messiaen, Ešenvalds
Māris Sirmais; Iveta Apkalna; State Choir Latvija
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Radical Brahms from Alexandre Bloch and Royal Northern Sinfonia

Alexandre Bloch © Sebastian Ene
Alexandre Bloch and Royal Northern Sinfonia throw down a challenge to any listener who thinks that Brahms is comfortable and easy with a radical reading of his Fourth Symphony.
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Gallic double act: Latry and Lefebvre in Budapest

Olivier Latry and Philippe Lefebvre © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
The grand finale to Müpa's mini-festival to celebrate ten years since the installation of the organ in its concert hallwas as spectacular a musical event as you could wish for. 
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Prom 52: A thrilling journey of improvisation with Thierry Escaich

Thierry Escaich © Guy Vivien
French organist Thierry Escaich offered a fascinating musical journey with a programme which juxtaposed the organ music of J S Bach with responses to it by Mendelssohn and Brahms, as well his own improvisations on themes by Bach.
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Batiashvili and Leleux rediscover Bach in Escaich concerto

Lisa Batiashvili and François Leleux © Sammy Hart | DG
Ms Batiashvili performed her final concert as the New York Philharmonic’s Artist-in-Residence alongside her companion and oboe virtuoso François Leleux in works by two distinguished organist-composers.
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Tinkles from the Royal Albert Hall organ

Thierry Escaich  ©  BBC / S Bianchi Accord Universal
The second of this year’s Proms organ recitals was given by Thierry Escaich, the organist of St-Étienne-du-Mont in Paris, a performer continuing the centuries-long tradition of Parisian organist composers whose work is grounded in improvisation.
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