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The XII Festival Internacional d’Orgue a la Seu

We are privileged on this island with regard to organ music. There must be a few dozen historic organs in Palma and the pueblos, and some of them are of astounding class and impeccable pedigree. I guess there are some 50 or more of the magnificent instruments in Mallorcan churches, and probably ten of them can compete with the world’s best. I wish I knew how to play this instrument. Well, perhaps in my next life I’ll see to it.

Last night saw the first of four concerts given during this year’s XII Festival Internacional d’Orgue a la Seu, at Palma’s Cathedral. The concert was given by Wim Does (Netherland). Sadly, I could not attend.

There will be three more concerts, later in the month. Giampaolo di Rosa (Italy) will perform next Friday, October 9th, at 19h45, Susana G. Lastra (Spain) will entice us on Friday, October 16, and Hans Leitner (Germany) will complete the organ cycle on Friday, October 23rd, all at the same time. The concerts are given admission free. I hope I’ll be able to attend at least one of the three remaining events.

The organ at Palma’s Cathedral is one of the most remarkable on the island. It was last tuned and restored in 1993. Its sound is truly magnificent, or is the sound simply great thanks to the splendid acoustics of the Cathedral? You can judge for yourself by going to the Cathedral during one of the next three Fridays’ concerts, or by listening to the Video clip (below). Enjoy, whichever.

The photo (top) was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: October 1st, 2011. The time was 10:32:16. The video was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of YouTube and eliufus.

Muchas gracias.

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October 2011


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