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Paul Jacobs, organ

"Jacobs is a virtuoso who knows how to balance interpretive insight with bravura showmanship. Each piece he played was full of intriguing ideas” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press).

"A really terrific concert…One would have been happy to go back and hear it all again when Jacobs had finished” (The Washington Post).

Grammy award-winning organist Paul Jacobs unites technical skills of the first order with probing emotional artistry. His performances of new works and core recital and symphonic repertoire have transfixed audiences, colleagues and critics alike.

 Jacobs’ recording of Messiaen’s Livre du Saint Sacrement, released by Naxos in September 2010, was awarded the Best Solo Instrumental Grammy of the Year…the first time a disc of solo organ music has ever received this honor.

Jacobs made musical history at the age of 23 when he played J.S. Bach’s complete organ works in an 18-hour marathon performance on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. He has also performed the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in marathon performances throughout North America, and recently reached the milestone of having performed in each of the fifty United States.


Paul Jacob performance reviews:

May 6, 2013 Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa, California

May 7, 2012 Heinz Chapel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Music of Paris
VIERNE Symphony No. 1, Op. 14: Final
BOULANGER Prelude in F
DURUFLE Suite, Op. 5
I. Prelude
II. Sicilienne
III. Toccata
MESSIAEN From Livre du Saint Sacrement
Le Dieu cache (The Hidden God)
La Presence Multipliee (The Multiplied Presence)
Priere apres la communion (Prayer after Communion)
GUILMANT Sonata in D Minor, Op. 42
I. Introduction et Allegro
II. Pastorale
III. Finale
Program performed with commentary by Paul Jacobs, and without intermission

Paul Jacobs performing Bach Symphonia Cantata 29, Crystal Cathedral

Paul Jacobs on Bach and the Pipe Organ

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