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International stars to feature in Cathedral Organ Festival in Bratislava

SAINT Martin‘s Cathedral in Bratislava is set to host an international festival named after this venue, the Cathedral Organ Festival, from the end of July to September 10.

Hans Fagius (Source: Silbermann-Gesellschaft)

Concerts will be every Thursday (except for one on Sunday August 23) at 19:00, the TASR newswire wrote.

After the first concert, featuring Slovak organist – and organiser of the festival – Stanislav Šurin accompanied by soprano Jana Pastorková and Polish violinist Mariusz Monczak; the second one will host famous organist Willibald Guggenmos from Switzerland, on August 6, playing the works of Jan Nieland, Jacques Vogt, Toon Hagen, Edwin H. Lemare, Franz Liszt (organ transcription: Willibald Guggenmos),  Egil Hovland, and Marcel Dupré.   

Afterwards, renowned musicians from Spain, Norway, Sweden, Italy and Germany will perform at the festival.

"For the first time the festival will feature the excellent Swede Hans Fagius, who's became famous, among other things, for a complete recording of J.S. Bach's organ opus," TASR was told by Šurin, who is active in a civil association called Tribus Musicae.

Slovak organist Monika Melcová, who has a good name among organists abroad, will appear at the festival with world famous Spanish countertenor Carlos Mena. "This unique artist has sung on the most renowned stages worldwide and is among the best countertenors of his generation," said Šurin.

The festival will be concluded by a recital by German artist Stefan Kagl, who's widely considered to be an expert on Bach and Cesar Franck. The Cathedral Organ Festival is part of the Cultural Summer and Bratislava Castle Festival. It is organised by Tribus Musicae in cooperation with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bratislava, the Bratislava regional authority, and the Bratislava Cultural and Information Centre. A detailed programme can be found at www.tribusmusicae.sk.

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