Part of the 2018 Exeter Cathedral Organ Recital Series.
Litanies – Jehan Alain (1911-1940)
Toccata (BuxWV159) – Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses -1849)(transcr. Louis Robilliard ) – Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Prelude in C# Major (transcr. Louis Vierne) – Sergi Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Danse macabre (Op.40, transcr. Louis Robilliard) – Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Pelléas et Mélisande (transcr. Louis Robilliard) – Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Choral Improvsation “Victimae Paschali” – Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)
Tickets £7 adults, £5 students, under 18s FREE. Available from 01392 285983 (Monday to Friday) and online.
About Loreto Aramendi
Loreto Aramendi started her studies at the Conservatoire of San Sebastian where she obtained higher degrees in piano, harpsichord, organ and chamber music with Loreto F. Imaz, Esther Mendiburu and Cristina Navajas.
She studied organ at the National Regional Conservatoire of Bayonne with Bernadette Carrau and Esteban Landart, receiving the Gold Medal and the First Prize upon completing the Advanced Degree course.
Entering into the National Higher Conservatoire of Lyon (C.N.S.M.D), she worked with Jean Boyer, Louis Robilliard, J. Von Oortmersen and Liesbeth Schlumberger, obtaining the First Prize with ” Mention trés bien” and her National Diploma of Advanced Studies with specialisation in the organ.
Loreto Aramendi was awarded scholarships from the local government of Guipuzkoa for two years, as well as from the Lartundo Foundation.
She then furthered her studies over a period of five years at the National Regional Superior Conservatoire in Paris with Noelle Spieth, receiving the First Prize upon finalizing her Advanced Degree in the harpsichord and her General Music Studies Diploma. At the same time, she worked with J. Rouvier, on piano specialization.
She studied the piano for three years in Barcelona with Edith Fischer and Jorge Pepi. She has completed advanced courses with professors such as M. Radulescu, J. Oortmersen, W. Jansen, D. Moroney, R. Requejo, Roberto Szidon, Claudio Brizzi and Sakharov, amongst others. She has given numerous recitals at international festivals in Spain, Italy, Japan, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Argentina, USA, UK and France.
Loreto Aramendi has collaborated with the Basque Symphony Orchestra for many years, with whom she has recorded two discs. She gives concerts as a soloist and as part of different groups as an organist, pianist, and harpsichord player, embracing all periods and styles into her repertoire. At the same time, she has a degree in Psychology from the University of the Basque Country (UPV).
She is currently a professor at the F. Escudero Conservatoire in San Sebastian and main organist of the Cavaillé-Coll organ (1863) of the Basilique of Santa María del Coro. Interested in the pipe organ building process, she has collaborated and participated since 2014 in several works of organ restoration in France and Spain.
In 2015 she published a double CD recorded on the Cavaillé-Coll organ (1863) of the Basilique of Santa María del Coro with works by C. Franck, F. Liszt, J. Brahms and Ch. Tournemire, which received the 4 stars award from “Choir & Organ” Magazine, and was acclaimed by “The Sydney Organ Journal”.
In 2017 she published another double CD recorded on The Cavaillé-Coll of the SAint Ouen of Rouen Abbey with Louis Robilliard transcriptions.
Her commitments for the next years include recitals in Japan, USA, France, Spain, Russia, Islande, Italy, Germany, England, Switzerland, Luxemburg and Norway.
About the organ
In 1665 local organ builder John Loosemore created what has become one of the most distinctive and striking organ cases ever built.
In over three hundred years the organ has been expanded and updated to meet the ever changing musical demands of a living Cathedral, from the expansion and raising of Loosemore’s case and the moving of the impressive 32’ pipes to the South Transept, to the creation of an entirely new section of the organ in the Minstrels’ Gallery.
Containing over 4000 pipes, the organ is played from a console of four manuals and pedals which is situated on the central ‘pulpitum’ screen.