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Simone Gheller plays Liszt, Reubke, Organ Works


Liszt, Reubke, Organ Works

Simone Gheller

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Romantic/19th Century (1820 - 1900)
55:28 / 559
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The Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam", S.259 was composed by Franz Liszt in the winter of 1850 and dedicated to Giacomo Meyerbeer who was the composer of the original chorale incorporated in the Act I of the opera Le prophète. The Fantasy and Fugue was given its premiere on October 29, 1852 and published by Breitkopf & Härtel in 1852.
Julius Reubke (March 23, 1834 – June 3, 1858) composed the sonata while he was studying piano and composition in Weimar with Franz Liszt, and living at the Altenburg house. The 94th Psalm Sonata is considered to be inspired by Liszt's Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam, Piano Sonata, symphonic poems and Wagner's operas. It is nonetheless a very individual work composed well for the organ, requiring very advanced pedal technique - which testifies to Reubke's much greater ability at the organ than Liszt - and a resourceful use of all the organ's departments.

Recorded at: Chiesa di San Michele delle Badesse, Padova, 2009
Engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Photo/paint on cover: Photo by Vectorportal (flickr.com), (CC BY 2.0)
Art-work: ©OnClassical

Original studio master is copyrighted: OnClassical, © 2009

Simone Gheller graduated received four Master's Degrees in Piano, Organ Performance, Music Education, and Choral Music and Choral Conducting at the Pedrollo Conservatory (Vicenza, Italy). He also received a Doctorate in Organ and Organ Composition, cum laude, from the "Venezze" Conservatory in Rovigo, Italy. He has participated in seminars and master classes of M-L Langlais, W. Matesic, K. Schnorr, J. Artigas Pina and others, and studied at Vienna University with Michael Radulescu and Roman Summereder. In 2008 he received a "Medaille d'Or en Superieur d'Interpretation" with Eric Lebrun at the Conservatoire National de Paris.

Dr. Gheller studied at Oberlin College (Ohio, USA) with Professor James David Christie and Olivier Latry, where he finished a prestigious program (the Artist Diploma- a great distinction in music, class 2011). He was also the organist at First Church in Oberlin from 2009 to 2011. Actually, Dr. Simone Gheller is Music Director and Organist at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wilmette, Chicago, IL (USA).

Simone Gheller has an extensive performing history spanning the last 15 years, with concerts in prestigious locations in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and America among others. He had a concert tour in Brazil in 2001.

Amongst the many prizes, he has garnered 1st prize at the National Italian Organ competition “Citta' di Viterbo” in four of the six years between 1995 and 2000, 1st prize and gold medal from the President of Italian Republic at the Giarda National Organ Competition, 1st prize at the International Organ Competition Vegezzi Bossi in 2000, 1st prize, audience prize and two special prizes at the International Organ Competition “Grand Prix Andrè Marchal” in Biarritz (2007).

He has recorded for the labels OnClassical and Tactus.


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