A lunchtime organ recital at the Church of St Anne’s seems like just the thing for a woman a bit worn out by Warsaw life and the length of Warsaw days. However, the baroque church is overpowering to this erstwhile plain Protestant, and after the first few notes, I wonder what made me think I could relax to organ music. It demands attention as it enters the head, vibrates through the body and pulses into the toes, the absolute reverse of meditation. There are layers of sound from the sonorous and exultant to the recorder-like. The music doesn’t fade: it ends decisively without the faintest hint of an echo.
Today the organist is the Polish virtuoso organist, Przemysław Kapituła. He plays music by Johann Ernst, Mieczysław Surzyński and Bach.
After the concert I wander round the church. I begin collecting feet for a projected post sometime when I have enough; I am amused by the gleaming gold figures perched casually on the edge of a lectern; and I am moved by the plain side chapel which is a soldiers’ memorial.
For an account of a previous concert and more photos of the inside of the church see here.
I’m not a mistress of video, but here’s a taste of the music and the venue.