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Performer: Thierry Escaich

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BostonAlain Altinoglu conducts Debussy, Poulenc, and Saint-Saëns

Debussy, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Alain Altinoglu; Thierry Escaich
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Prom 52: A thrilling journey of improvisation with Thierry Escaich

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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Prom 67: Introspection and exuberance from Järvi, Jansen and Orchestre de Paris

Tonight’s Orchestre de Paris Prom was very much a concert of two halves, in the first of which they got to show their sensitive, introspective side, reflecting on the nature of life and lamenting too-early death, then becoming considerably more extrovert in the second for some free-spirited buccaneering, and what the programme notes describe as “vivid, prolonged and grand noise”.
***11
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Tinkles from the Royal Albert Hall organ

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.
***11
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