Gwendolyn Toth

Gwendolyn Toth is the director of the New York City-based early music ensemble, ARTEK, and a soloist on early keyboards (organ, harpsichord, fortepiano). She is married to harpsichordist Dongsok Shin, and they have three children.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A baroque organ in Krakow, before traveling east

On Wednesday, August 7, we made a date with our Polish friend Arkadiusz Bialic to see and play the organ in the Church of the Holy Ghost in Krakow. The organ was built in 1704 and has been recently restored, beautifully. A marvelous organ, on which I hope I can play a full concert someday.

Here is a picture of the organ:

 up a little closer, here is Arek and I in the balcony

a wonderful little decoration -

Here you can see me playing the organ

 and here is a short video of how the organ sounds

Another tiny video, where Dongsok filmed some of the easily visible tracker connections (these are of the pedal).

After the lovely visit to the organ, we said goodbye to Arek, who had been so kind in arranging the concert in Olkusz and showing us many things in Krakow. We hope to see him again soon!

At 1 pm we boarded a train to the east, in the direction of the unpronounceable town of Przsmysl (what happened to vowels in Polish?), where we would be collected at the train station in Jaroslaw by our hosts from Lubaczow, where my next concert was.

Here's a picture of me on the train:
and outside the train!

A view while traveling

This is a building we saw near the train station in Jaroslaw. The entire end wall of the building was covered with decorative images - how old, hard to know.

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