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August 7, 2022

Ilse Maria Reich Organ Recital

An organ recital is an absolutely special event in the Bucharest musical landscape. Two years ago, The “George Enescu” Philharmonic managed to have the organ in the Grand Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum restored. The instrument, one of Europe’s best, is nearly three quarters of a century old, was built by German Oscar Walcker and inaugurated on April 22, 1939. The splendid Grand Concert Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum will only make such live concert experience even more delightful. The “George Enescu” Philharmonic announces an extraordinary organ recital performed by Ilse Maria Reich, tomorrow evening.

The Sibiu-born Ilse Maria Reich studied organ in Prague with Jiri Rheinberger, in Essen, with Gisbert Schneider, and at Hochschule fur Music and Theatre in Hanover, with Ulrich Bremsteller. The many concerts she performed in Bucharest, at the Romanian Athenaeum and the Radio Hall, and elsewhere in the country, several European tours, her participation in international festivals, radio and audio recordings made her known both in Romania and abroad. In 1990, Ilse Maria Reich founded a school of music at Rottenburg, Germany, attended by 500 students. She had been the school’s director until 2006. The organist has a broad repertoire, ranging from pre-classical to contemporary music, and performs recitals with various chamber orchestras, and solo concerts as well. She performs on Romanian stages every year, at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, in Sibiu, Medias and Brasov.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750); Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565; The Chorale Partita “Sei gegrusset Jeu gutig” BWV 768 (11 variations); Toccata and Fugue in F major BWV 540;

Consonante III – Liana Alexandra (1947 – 2011);

Six Romanian dances – Bela Bartok (1881 – 1945);

Prelude and Fugue Bach – Franz Liszt (1811 – 1945).

Venue: The Romanian Athenaeum; Address: 1-3 Franklin St; Tel: 021-3150024

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