Joseph Nolan – A Rare Opportunity

Joseph Nolan – A Rare Opportunity

Joseph Nolan – A Rare Opportunity

St George's Cathedral

Sir Francis Burt Memorial Concert

Dr Joseph Nolan has been hailed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra ‘as one of the world’s leading organists’; by BBC Radio 3 for his ‘miraculous playing’ and by Gramophone as ‘towering’. World-acclaimed conductors David Robertson (Sydney Symphony) and Asher Fisch (WASO) have both publicly described Joseph’s gifts as ‘extraordinary’ and ‘world-class’.

From New York (New Criterion Magazine) to London (Gramophone) Joseph’s recordings of the complete organ works of Widor have been declared as the benchmark set, and this concert is a wonderful opportunity to hear Joseph play Widor’s Fifth Symphony.

Joseph’s next CDs will be the complete works of Alkan, to be recorded in Paris as soon as international travel resumes. In this concert, he presents the Australian premiere of Alkan’s Impromptu on Luther’s chorale, ‘A Mighty Fortress is God’.

Joseph explains why this is the most challenging of the four pieces he has chosen to play:

“The Reubke Sonata is regarded as some of the most technically difficult writing for the organ. Frankly, the Reubke is akin to playing ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ at half speed compared to some of the organ music of Alkan! The Impromptu was written for ‘piano a pedales’ (solo) or piano three hands, though renowned Alkan pianist Roger Smalley has transcribed the work for two pianos. This highlights the sheer technical demands placed on one player.”

The other two pieces Joseph has chosen to perform for you are Bach’s Passacaglia BWV 582 and Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm.


Passacaglia in C Minor BWV 582, JS Bach
Sonata on the 94th Psalm, Reubke


Impromptu on Luther’s ‘Un fort rempart est notre Dieu’, Op 69, Jean-Valentin Alkan (Australian premiere)
Symphony No 5 in F Minor Widor

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DATE: Thursday 17 June 2021

TIME: 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM with interval

VENUE: St George's Cathedral, Perth

TICKETS: Standard $40, Concession $30