Espresso-Konzert mit dem Konzerthausorchester
Carrying the considerable Opus-number 1035, it has been in our large hall since the Konzerthaus was opened in 1984: our organ from the Jehmlich House in Dresden. One of the most representative organs in Berlin, it has 74 registers, four manuals and pedals, enabling a full spectrum of tone colors and making it possible to perform an enormous range of stylistic repertoire, from Baroque to modern. 5811 individual pipes, renovated in 1994, can be combined in over 256 settings. Naturally, a queen has her successor, or so-called “Princess”. This portable, small 2-manual organ with 12 registers was also built by the Jehmlich company. It is used for our “Organo con stromenti” chamber music concerts in the small hall as well as for our organ concerts for children.
Guest soloists from around Germany and abroad lead a series of organ concerts. In previous seasons, artists such as Michael Schönheit, Kay Johannsen, Naji Hakim, Thierry Escaich, Jennifer Bate, Iveta Apkalna and Martin Haselböck have all performed. Over time, word has gotten around that with its elegant and light mechanical traction and simple layout of the console, the “organists' cockpit”, our Jehmlich organ is particularly easy to play.
The Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna is organist in residence at the Konzerthaus Berlin for three seasons.
She begins the 2023/24 season with an organ recital on 21 September and four works dedicated to her by Naji Hakim, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Dariusz Przybylski and Pēteris Vasks. She also plays works by Bach's pupil Müthel and by Johann Sebastian Bach.
All other concerts with Iveta Apkalna can be found here: