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.">
Consonances Concerto for Organ and Symphony Orchestra 2007
This piece was commissioned by Laszlo Fassang for the opening season of the new organ at the Bartók Béla National Concert Hall in Budapest in 2007. The work has three movements, the first is a Ligeti-esque soundscape where the organ plays an integral part of the orchestra, opening with the lowest, 32' pipes of the organ along with Tuba, contrabassoon and contrabass clarinet:
In the second movement the organ gradually emerges as a solo (chamber) instrument in an orchestrated chorale prelude on "Christ lag in Todesbanden"
In the last movement the organ finally becomes a true solo instrument in sharp contrast with the orchestra:
All excerpts are from the world premier by the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, conducted by László Kovács, Bálint Karosi, organ recorded live on June 28, 2007 at the Bartók Béla National Concert Hall in Budapest.
This work and an interview with me was featured on pipedreams in 2008. CLICK HERE to listen to the program.
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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