Organist Kevin Bowyer recently gave the US premiŤre of Sorabjiís Organ Symphony No. 2 in University of Iowa where he had been invited to inaugurate its concert hallís new Klais organ following a disastrous flood in 2008 that destroyed the venue and its previous organ. Kevinís performance of this massive three movement work, more than eight hours in duration, was received with great enthusiasm.
Kevin devoted thousands of hours over many years to the preparation of the world premiŤre that he gave in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2010. He has since created magnificent typeset critical editions of all three Sorabji organ symphonies, of which copies are available from The Sorabji Archive (see www.sorabji-archive.co.uk ), along with all of Sorabjiís other scores and literary writings,.
A crowd-funded film documentary about the organ symphonies project, with especial reference to the second symphony, is being made in Iowa, of which details and a link may be found on the Sorabji Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KaikhosruSh...86688958099556 ; to quote:
ďA remarkable story rich with cinematic potential: the deluge of 2008, the effort to rebuild, the musical palace that rose forth, the remarkable organ placed at its heart, the magician (Kevin Bowyer) called upon to give it life, and the 8 1/2 hour Sorabjian incantation.
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Sorabji in Iowa: A documentary
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Pianist Jonathan Powell will be touring what is still Sorabjiís most famous work, Opus Clavicembalisticum, this year. To date, six performances have been confirmed, as follows:
050517 Brighton St. Michaelís Church
090517 London Rosslyn Hill Chapel
130517 Oxford Jacqueline du Prť Music Building
011017 Karlsruhe Musentempel
061017 Glasgow Concert Hall, Glasgow University
251017 Brno Concert hall JAMU (JanŠček Academy)
Other dates and venues are in the pipeline.
This seminal work has never received so many performances within a single year!