Organ Recital Michael Fuehrer
Auckland, St Matthew-in-the-City
Thursday, April 5th 2018, 12.10 pm
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Praeludium in g minor
Georg Böhm (1661-1733)
Christ lag in Todesbanden
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 695)
Christ ist erstanden (3 Verses, BWV 627)
Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 625)
Clément Loret (1833-1909)
O Filii, et Filiae
Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
Offertoire sur "O Filii" Op.49, Nr.2
Soorjo Alexander William Langobard Oliphant Chuckerbutty (1884–1960)
The Queen's Procession, March for Organ Solo
Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)
Fantaisie (No.7 of 12 Pièces, 1886)
Percy E. Fletcher (1879-1932)
Festival Toccata (1915)
Michael Fuehrer was born and grew up at the Rhine in Cologne, Western Germany. His Father was always interested in old music, so he grew up with harpsichord and clavichord, hearing all Bach etc. At the age of 13 he began to get information on the harpsichord, with 16 his teacher became Annemarie Bohne who organised masterclasses with Gustav Leonhardt which he visited.
After finishing school, he studied church music in Cologne (with Heino Schubert, Rudolf Ewerhart etc.), then harpsichord with Jos van Immerzeel in Antwerp.
From 1975 until 1988 he worked as organist and choirmaster in Heimbach/Eifel. In St. Clemens he played the organ by Dauzenberg (1879 II/21, tracker action). He was involved in the plans and the supervision of the construction of the Salvatorchurch (finished 1981) and got a new organ by Beckerath, Hamburg (1985, III/38). With these organs he made a LP for Mitra in 1986.
He completed his studies: Church Music in Düsseldorf (with Heinz Bernhard Orlinski, Diplom 1983), Harpsichord in Cologne with Hugo Ruf (Diplom 1984) and studied musicology, history and french at the University of Cologne.
From 1989 to 2011 he worked as church musician at Hl. Dreikoenige, Neuss. The organ there was built by Walcker in 1940/1950 with electric action, but in 2002 following his plans renewed by Klais, Bonn with new windchests, mechanical action, 2 swells and 1000 combinations (III/49).
From July 2011 until Easter 2015 he worked as church music director at 5 churches in Grevenbroich.
Besides following many masterclasses (at Innsbruck, Pistoia, Haarlem etc. with Colin Tilney, Guy Bovet, Ewald Kooiman, Ton Koopman, Nicholas Kynaston, Daniel Roth etc.) and playing a lot of concerts on harpsichord and his large Repertoire on famous organs, he has restored old keyboard instruments and built copies of harpsichords. - for more see www.m-fuehrer.de