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MENDELSSOHN: Organ Sonatas Nos. 1- 6, Op. 65

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Mendelssohn lived 38 brief years, into which he packed more compositions than most would write in a long and distinguished life.

The six organ sonatas came at the very end, dating from 1844-1845. Ironically, by this time, Mendelssohn was probably better known in England, where he frequently conducted and performed his own works, than in his native Germany. But he had now returned to Soden near Frankfurt, and he was to spend the following years in and around Leipzig, where he had returned directed the Gewandhaus Orchestra.

The music is heavily archaic in style, with a great deal of contrapuntal writing, and a long way from the transparent music that we would find in the \Italian Symphony", the treatment of the chorale melodies, the work of a gifted composer.

They do, nevertheless, form one of the cornerstone works in the organ repertoire, and they are magnificently played on this new disc by Stephen Tharp at the Casavant organ of St. Clement's Church in Chicago.

There are very few alternative versions of the complete six sonatas, and only two others generally available around the world on single disc. Add to this the fact that it has no competition at budget price, and this demonstration quality digital recording is obviously a sure winner for organ buffs.

Item number 8553583
Barcode 730099458320
Release date 01/01/2000
Label Naxos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists Stephen Tharp
Composers Felix Mendelssohn
Producers Wolfgang Rubsam
Disc: 1
Organ Sonata No. 6, D minor, Op. 65
1 Allegro moderato e serioso
2 Adagio
3 Andante Recitativo - Allegro assai vivace
4 Grave - Adagio
5 Allegro maestoso e vivace
6 Fuga: Allegro moderato
7 Con moto maestoso
8 Andante tranquillo
9 Allegro con brio
10 Andante religioso
11 Allegretto
12 Allegro maestoso
13 Andante
14 Andante con moto
15 Allegro
16 Chorale and Variations: Andante sostenuto
17 Allegro molto
18 Fuga
19 Finale: Andante
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