John Pike Mander Posted March 8, 2020 Share Posted March 8, 2020 Last weekend we attended the marathon inauguration of the Muhleisen (Eschau) organ for the Zaryadye Hall in Moscow. And it was a marathon. Starting at midnight on Friday/Saturday, 24 organists from around the world played for an hour each, ending with an improvisation by Olivier Latry at midnight on Saturday/Sunday. A few of us, members and friends of the Muhleisen firm mainly, were granted access as and when we wanted to seating in the gallery (my fiancée works for the firm). So we were in and out at odd times and for most of Saturday evening up till the end, taking in Thomas Trotter and Olivier Latry, amongst others. There was some fine playing and the organ is quite remarkable too. They dreamed up a novel idea to raise awareness of the organ. Rather than selling tickets for seating, people bought a ticket for a time slot of around 20 minutes to walk around the stage along a path marked out by sheets and sheets of organ music taped to the stage, whilst the organists were playing. The hall is claiming that no less than 20,000 people passed through during the marathon event. There is even a little bit of Bethnal Green in the organ in the form of a Tuba 16/8/4 unit which got the occasional airing, including a grand outing played by Olivier Latry and Shin-Young Lee. You can see a video of the event here: Moscow ZARYADYE-HALL: Inauguration of concert organ / Орган московского концертного зала ЗАРЯДЬЕ John Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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