Iveta Apkalna's Pipe Dreams

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A Concerto Of Equals20210418Classical music history is littered with great piano concertos, violin concertos, cello and clarinet concertosbut an organ concerto?

With one or two famous exceptions, they're normally heard in the domain of the church rather than the concert hall: perky little palate-cleansers to oratorios and other sacred works. Even in the genius compositional hands of JS Bach, Handel, and Haydn, concertante works for the organ are seldom heard - and even more seldom loved.

Iveta seeks to put that right in this episode: exploring the unique challenges, textures and alchemy that happens when the “King of Instruments” is brought together with a symphony orchestra. With music by Jongen, Handel, Eötvös, Saariaho and Poulenc.

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Acclaimed Latvian organ virtuoso Iveta Apkalna takes us on an odyssey through some of the greatest music for her instrument: exploding myths, overturning cliches and reinventing the way we approach one of the most extraordinary musical machines ever created.

She revels in an array of arresting, brilliant organ music from the famous to the unfamiliar: from cherished masterpieces by JS Bach, Liszt and Durufle to lesser-known works by Saariaho, Satie, Rheinberger and Nico Muhly. In focusing squarely on this remarkable repertoire, Iveta puts to bed any preconceptions that the world of the organ is somehow dry or technical - guiding us through the musical brilliance of some of the greatest performers of the last 100 years.

Above all, this is personal. No completism, no apologies for missing out this or that fugue or toccata. Instead: a fresh, compelling approach to some of the greatest - and often under-appreciated - music ever written.

Produced by Steven Rajam. An Overcoat Media production.

A fresh and compelling odyssey through the extraordinary world of organ music.

Acclaimed virtuoso Iveta Apkalna takes us on a personal odyssey through organ music.

Heaven And Hell20210411No other instrument is so closely associated with devotion and ritual as the organ. Yet for all the instrument's proximity to the angels, it's also capable of evoking the darkest infernal realms... an area of repertoire Iveta, and many other organists, love to revel in. Just don't tell the vicar…

Iveta Apkalna presents a sequence of portrayals of the heavenly gates - as well as close encounters with Mephistopheles himself. With music by JS Bach, Vierne, Satie, George Thalben-Ball and Petr Eben.

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Acclaimed Latvian organ virtuoso Iveta Apkalna takes us on an odyssey through some of the greatest music for her instrument: exploding myths, overturning cliches and reinventing the way we approach one of the most extraordinary musical machines ever created.

She revels in an array of arresting, brilliant organ music from the famous to the unfamiliar: from cherished masterpieces by JS Bach, Liszt and Durufle to lesser-known works by Saariaho, Satie, Rheinberger and Nico Muhly. In focusing squarely on this remarkable repertoire, Iveta puts to bed any preconceptions that the world of the organ is somehow dry or technical - guiding us through the musical brilliance of some of the greatest performers of the last 100 years.

Above all, this is personal. No completism, no apologies for missing out this or that fugue or toccata. Instead: a fresh, compelling approach to some of the greatest - and often under-appreciated - music ever written.

A fresh and compelling odyssey through the extraordinary world of organ music.

Acclaimed virtuoso Iveta Apkalna takes us on a personal odyssey through organ music.

Organ Past, Organ Future20210404Organ repertoire is steeped in history and mythology, a tradition moulded by generations of performer-composers - and Europe's own social history. It can be both a virtue - and a millstone.

Iveta explores a selection of works that have defined generations of music that followed: but also composers and performers who have remixed and transformed that tradition - moving organ music squarely into the 21st century. With music by JS Bach, Ligeti, Mozart, Pachelbel and Thierry Escaich.

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Acclaimed Latvian organ virtuoso Iveta Apkalna takes us on an odyssey through some of the greatest music for her instrument: exploding myths, overturning cliches and reinventing the way we approach one of the most extraordinary musical machines ever created.

She revels in an array of arresting, brilliant organ music from the famous to the unfamiliar: from cherished masterpieces by JS Bach, Liszt and Durufle to lesser-known works by Saariaho, Satie, Rheinberger and Nico Muhly. In focusing squarely on this remarkable repertoire, Iveta puts to bed any preconceptions that the world of the organ is somehow dry or technical - guiding us through the musical brilliance of some of the greatest performers of the last 100 years.

Above all, this is personal. No completism, no apologies for missing out this or that fugue or toccata. Instead: a fresh, compelling approach to some of the greatest - and often under-appreciated - music ever written.

A fresh and compelling odyssey through the extraordinary world of organ music.

Acclaimed virtuoso Iveta Apkalna takes us on a personal odyssey through organ music.