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Mendelssohn: Organ Sonatas [CD]

William Whitehead Audio CD
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  • Conductor: n/a
  • Composer: Mendelssohn
  • Audio CD (29 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B002BZET5E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Organ Sonata in F Minor, Op. 65, No. 1, MWV W56: I. Allegro moderato e serioso 5:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Organ Sonata in F Minor, Op. 65, No. 1, MWV W56: II. Adagio 2:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Organ Sonata in F Minor, Op. 65, No. 1, MWV W56: III. Andante recitando - 3:180.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Organ Sonata in F Minor, Op. 65, No. 1, MWV W56: IV. Allegro assai vivace 3:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Organ Sonata in C Minor, Op. 65, No. 2, MWV W57: I. Grave - 1:270.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Organ Sonata in C Minor, Op. 65, No. 2, MWV W57: II. Adagio 2:350.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Organ Sonata in C Minor, Op. 65, No. 2, MWV W57: III. Allegro maestoso e vivace - 2:170.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Organ Sonata in C Minor, Op. 65, No. 2, MWV W57: IV. Fuga: Allegro moderato 3:520.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Organ Sonata in A Major, Op. 65, No. 3, MWV W58: I. Con moto maestoso 7:070.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Organ Sonata in A Major, Op. 65, No. 3, MWV W58: II. Andante tranquillo 2:260.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Organ Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 65, No. 4, MWV W59: I. Allegro con brio 3:270.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Organ Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 65, No. 4, MWV W59: II. Andante religioso 2:060.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Organ Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 65, No. 4, MWV W59: III. Allegretto 3:460.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Organ Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 65, No. 4, MWV W59: IV. Allegro maestoso e vivace 4:160.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Organ Sonata in D Major, Op. 65, No. 5, MWV W60: I. Andante - 1:280.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Organ Sonata in D Major, Op. 65, No. 5, MWV W60: II. Andante con moto - Tempo di valse 2:400.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Organ Sonata in D Major, Op. 65, No. 5, MWV W60: III. Allegro maestoso 4:380.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Organ Sonata in D Minor, Op. 65, No. 6, MWV W61: I. Chorale: Andante sostenuto - Allegro molto - 8:48Album Only
Listen19. Organ Sonata in D Minor, Op. 65, No. 6, MWV W61: II. Fuga: Sostenuto e legato 2:350.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Organ Sonata in D Minor, Op. 65, No. 6, MWV W61: III. Finale: Andante 2:520.59  Buy MP3 


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Felix Mendelssohn, whose centenary we celebrate this year, was the ultimate cosmopolitan composer, but formed a special relationship with Britain, which he visited ten times. A number of his works were written in response to English commissions, including Elijah, and the Six Sonatas for Organ which have become established repertoire for organists and are some of Mendelssohn's last compositions. Mendelssohn was the first composer of international renown after J.S. Bach to return to the organ, and performed publicly on English organs during all his visits, audiences coming in droves to hear him. The sound of the English organ of his day had some distinctive qualities, which have been captured on this recording by William Whitehead, who uses the 1818 Lincoln Organ now situated in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace. It is not known whether Mendelssohn played this particular instrument but we know that he was a warmly welcomed guest of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at the Palace on numerous occasions. Recently restored, the organ gives an English perspective on this ebullient music which crosses international boundaries of style. It is the first time an authentic instrument of this period has been used to record Mendelssohn's Six Organ Sonatas. William Whitehead will perform a number of organ recitals in Norway during July, appearing at the Bergen Festival on 5 July. He will also take part in the Westminster Abbey Summer Organ Festival on 11 August.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mendelssohn: Organ Sonatas 17 Mar 2010
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I enjoyed listening to this and the historical link with Mendelssohn's visit to Buckingham Palace is a bonus.

Loved to imagine Mendelssohn and Prince Albert taking it in turns to play this organ at the concert which they apparently did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Recording! 29 Jan 2011
By pianopete128 - Published on Amazon.com
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I've recently taken up playing organ after 10 years at the piano. My teacher gave me a couple of the easier movements to play from the Six Medelssohn Organ Sonatas. I figured I should buy a recording of them just so I can expand my musical knowledge. This is an absolutely fantastic recording! I couldn't stop listening to it for quite a while. Sweet stuff...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Organ Recording 10 Aug 2009
By Neaklaus - Published on Amazon.com
This is a review of an Mp3 download of this recording. The Mendelssohn Organ Sontatas were for the most part a new discovery for me. I have fallen in love with
more music from Felix Mendelsshon. These sonatas were recorded in the ballroom of
Buckinham Palace, yes The Buckinham Palace. William Whitehead and the organ deliver
some really beautiful sounds and Chandos captures the whole thing in clean, clear
sound. This recording is a keeper either on CD or as an Mp3.
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