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

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1 I. Con moto maestoso (Sonata Movement in G minor) 5:42 $1.49 Buy
2 II. Andante tranquillo (Sonata Movement in G minor) 3:11 $1.49 Buy
3 I. Grave: Adagio (Organ Sonata in C minor, Op. 65, No. 2) 6:04 $1.49 Buy
4 II. Allegro maestoso e vivace (Organ Sonata in C minor, Op. 65, No. 2) 4:16 $1.49 Buy
5 III. Fuga: Allegro moderato (Organ Sonata in C minor, Op. 65, No. 2) 2:16 $1.49 Buy
6 I. Allegro moderato e serioso (Organ Sonata in F major, Op. 65, No. 1) 3:51 $1.49 Buy
7 II. Adagio (Organ Sonata in F major, Op. 65, No. 1) 7:09 44.1/16 Album only
8 III. Andante Recitativo: Allegro assai vivace (Organ Sonata in F major, Op. 65, No. 1) 2:45 $1.49 Buy
9 I. Allegro con brio (Organ Sonata in B flat major, Op. 65, No. 4) 3:34 $1.49 Buy
10 II. Andante religioso (Organ Sonata in B flat major, Op. 65, No. 4) 2:18 $1.49 Buy
11 III. Allegretto (Organ Sonata in B flat major, Op. 65, No. 4) 3:33 $1.49 Buy
12 IV. Allegro maestoso (Organ Sonata in B flat major, Op. 65, No. 4) 4:03 $1.49 Buy
13 I. Andante (Organ Sonata in D major, Op. 65, No. 5) 1:13 $1.49 Buy
14 II. Andante con moto (Organ Sonata in D major, Op. 65, No. 5) 2:40 $1.49 Buy
15 III. Allegro (Organ Sonata in D major, Op. 65, No. 5) 4:29 $1.49 Buy
16 I. Chorale and Variations: Andante sostenuto (Organ Sonata in D minor, Op. 65, No. 6) 6:12 $1.49 Buy
17 II. Allegro molto (Organ Sonata in D minor, Op. 65, No. 6) 3:31 $1.49 Buy
18 III. Fuga (Organ Sonata in D minor, Op. 65, No. 6) 2:50 $1.49 Buy
19 IV. Finale: Andante (Organ Sonata in D minor, Op. 65, No. 6) 3:03 $1.49 Buy

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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.

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Tharp allows the music to flow with a splendid naturalness, shaping the more expressive lines with deliciously sensitive rubato - Gramophone