Iveta Apkalna / Benjamin Appl / Martynas Levickis

The Elbphilharmonie Organ

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Iveta Apkalna
Iveta Apkalna © Ģirts Raģelis
Martynas Levickis
Martynas Levickis © Sebastian Madej
Benjamin Appl
Benjamin Appl © David Ruano

Air, wind and breath

Vocals, accordion, organ – a line-up of performers that sounds as unusual as it is unique. Yet while these instruments might seem disparate at first, they have something in common. They all need one thing to produce their individual sounds – namely air. So when the Elbphilharmonie’s organist-in-residence, Iveta Apkalna, comes together with the baritone and former rising star Benjamin Appl and the Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis in the Grand Hall for the opening of this year’s organ series, there’s bound to be some utterly exciting sound combinations in store thanks to breath, air and wind (as it’s called on the organ).

The evening’s programme traverses a wide range of periods, styles and facets of human existence. From the devotional mourning of the Renaissance composer John Dowland to the trust in God of composers like Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonín Dvořák to the origin of all music: folk music. Especially in the Baltic States, the home of Iveta Apkalna and Martynas Levickis, it is still at the centre of social life today.


Benjamin Appl baritone

Martynas Levickis accordion

Iveta Apkalna organ


Claudio Monteverdi
Domine, ad adiuvandum me festina / Arrangement for baritone, accordion and organ
Tu se morta, mia vita / from: L’Orfeo (arrangement for baritone and accordion)

Arne Nordheim

Philip Glass
Etüde Nr. 6

John Dowland
Flow, My Tears, F II/6 / Arrangement for baritone and accordion

Antonín Dvořák
Wolken und Dunkel ist um ihn her / from: Biblical Songs, Op. 99
Der Herr ist mein Hirte / from: Biblical Songs, Op. 99

Johann Sebastian Bach
Mein Gott! Wann kommt das Schöne: Nun! / aus: Ich habe genug BWV 82 / from: Ich habe genug, BWV 82 (arrangement for baritone and organ)

– Interval –

Franz Schubert
The Death and the Maiden, D 531 / Arrangement for organ and accordion

Lionel Rogg
La femme et le dragon / from: Deux visions de l’apocalypse

Veli Kujala
Photon for Organ and Accordion

Im schönen Wiesengrunde

Alfreds Kalninš
Liedertag / Volkslied aus Lettland

Friedrich Glück
In einem kühlen Grunde, Op. 60/3

Jazeps Vitols
Bikeris mironu sala, op. 34/3 / Volkslied aus Lettland

Johann Abraham Peter Schulz / Max Reger
Der Mond ist aufgegangen

Stok ant akmenėlio
Teka Saulė / Volkslied aus Litauen

Pre-Concert Talk

with Thomas Cornelius (in German)

19:00 / Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal

Estimated end time

approx. 22:00

Supporting programme

Sat, 7 Oct 2023 17:00
Insight Organ with Thomas Cornelius, Forum Ohlsdorf


Simply Organ


The Elbphilharmonie Organ


Martynas Levickis

Promoter: HamburgMusik

Supported by Stiftung Elbphilharmonie

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The Music of Tomorrow

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Elbphilharmonie Plaza

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