℗ 2009 Chandos
 

Mendelssohn: Complete Organ Sonatas

William Whitehead

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Organ Sonata in F Minor, Op. 65, No. 1, MWV W56  
1.1
I. Allegro moderato e serioso
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
5:54
1.2
II. Adagio
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
2:55
1.3
III. Andante recitando -
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
3:18
1.4
IV. Allegro assai vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
3:15
Organ Sonata in C Minor, Op. 65, No. 2, MWV W57  
1.5
I. Grave -
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
1:27
1.6
II. Adagio
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
2:31
1.7
III. Allegro maestoso e vivace -
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
2:17
1.8
IV. Fuga. Allegro moderato
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
3:44
Organ Sonata in A Major, Op. 65, No. 3, MWV W58  
1.9
I. Con moto maestoso
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
7:02
1.10
II. Andante tranquillo
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
2:18
Organ Sonata in B Flat Major, Op. 65, No. 4, MWV W59  
1.11
I. Allegro con brio
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
3:23
1.12
II. Andante religioso
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
2:03
1.13
III. Allegretto
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
3:41
1.14
IV. Allegro maestoso e vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
4:08
Organ Sonata in D Major, Op. 65, No. 5, MWV W60  
1.15
I. Andante -
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
1:28
1.16
II. Andante con moto -
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
2:40
1.17
III. Allegro maestoso
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
4:28
Organ Sonata in D Minor, Op. 65, No. 6, MWV W61  
1.18
I. Chorale - Andante Sostenuto - Allegro molto -
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
8:49
1.19
II. Fuga. Sostenuto e legato
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
2:32
1.20
III. Finale. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn; William Whitehead
2:50
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    70:43
"Mendelssohn’s Sonatas come up fresh on the Buckingham Palace organ ... noble playing of the highest order ... if you want a stimulating performance of the Sonatas I’d plump for Whitehead’s disc every time." - Gramophone "Four Stars ... a welcome and fascinating contribution ... (Whitehead's) immaculately articulated playing and musical imagination draws sounds and an interpretation, which we may confidently imagine to be as authentic as it comes." - BBC Music Magazine The sound of the English organ in Mendelssohn's day had some distinctive qualities which have been captured on this recording by William Whitehead, who performs on the 1818 Lincoln organ now situated in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace. 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.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

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