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Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard, organ
The Infinite Expanses of Improvisation
Johann S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548
Jehan Alain, Three Dances for Organ
Igor Stravinsky, The Firebird, movements from suite (Infernal Dance, Berceuse, Finale)
A leading French organist of the young generation, Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard has won several prestigious international improvisation competitions. He serves as the organist at the famous Gothic Church of Saint-Eustache in Paris (whose pipe organ is reputed to be the largest in France) and also applies himself to teaching. Apart from maintaining a busy concert schedule across Europe, the US and beyond, he also writes music. Moreover, he greatly enjoys providing organ accompaniment to silent movies in French cinemas.
Marle-Ouvrard’s diversified and broad repertoire ranges from classical organ works to transcriptions of symphonic works. He devotes particular attention to improvisation, seeing it as an excellent vehicle for showcasing his talent. A daring musician, he combines organ with other forms of artistic expression, including dance, electronic music and graphic art.
An idiosyncratic organist, Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard possesses an innate gift for improvisation, mesmerising critics and audiences alike with invariably new ideas that stretch the established limits of interpretation.