Balint Karosi, a Boston based composer and classical organist has been described as “ferociously talented” by WGBH Classical New England and praised as “a most impressive musical interpreter” by the noted Bach scholar Christoph Wolff. Balint continues his quest for new avenues of meaningful musical expression through his work in composition, interpretation and improvisation.">
Concerto for Organ, Percussion and Strings
My second concerto for organ, percussion and strings (2016) was commissioned by my former organ teacher, János Pálúr for the inaugural concert of his re-built organ at the Fasor Reformed Church in Budapest. The 18-minutes long concerto is designed as a through-composed, tripartite form with three "mildly" contrasting sections, and plenty of virtuosic materials for both the organ and percussion soloists. The main idea was to try to blend the percussion instruments with the organ as much as possible, while preserving the character and idiosyncratic writing for the featured percussion instruments.
The first section of the concerto opens with blended descending fifth tremolos on flute stops and on vibraphone, with the string chords as a sort of "sonic glue" around them. The second "movement" continues the fifths but without the tremolos and focusing more on solecistic material, evoking melodic snippets Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra. The last movement is a virtuosic duel between the organ and xylophone, culminating in the quotation of the opening of Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, timpani and strings.
I used the same orchestration as the staple organ concerto in G Minor by Francis Poulenc, except with a very soloistic percussion part, with a variety percussion instruments including Bass Drum, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Snare Drum and Tam-Tam. This is my first piece in which I use a direct quotation of another composer.
The premier took place on Novemeber 4, 2016 at Saint Peter's Lutheran Church in New York City by Bálint Karosi, organ, Charles Kiger, percussion and the Spectrum Symphony of New York conducted by David Gruneberg. The piece has a second performance Charlotte, North Carolina on September 10, 2017 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, with Nicolas Haigh, organist, Stephanie Wilson, percussionist and William Osborne, conductor.
The concert was reviewed here
Bálint Karosi is an award-winning composer, concert organist, harpsichordist and conductor.
" … he possesses an ear for silvery orchestral sonorities.." -- The Boston Globe (2015)
" .. a most impressive musical interpreter.." -- The Boston Musical Intelligencer (2011)
" .. a must-hear recording" -- Early Music America (2014)
“ Bálint Karosi inspired awe with the work’s marvelous scalar passages and fiery finish…" -- The Diapason (2014)
1st Prize: Leipzig International J. S. Bach Competition
1st Prize & Audience Prize: Dublin International Organ Competition
M.M.A. Yale University A.D., M.M., Oberlin Conservatory M.M. Liszt Academy Premier Prix, Conservatoire de Geneve
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