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Rheinberger: Complete Organ Works / Innig


Release Date: 12/02/2014 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 3171864   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joseph RheinbergerNicolaus Bruhns
Performer:  Rudolf Innig
Number of Discs: 12 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although Rudolf Innig concluded his 12-disc cycle of Rheinberger’s complete organ works in 2005, it has taken nearly a decade for MDG to bring it out as a boxed set. For comprehensiveness alone, it has no competition. Every solo organ piece Rheinberger composed is here, from the 20 sonatas (he intended to write 24 sonatas, one in each key, but death intervened) to collections of short works and miscellaneous pieces. Once past the first disc’s rather academic-sounding preludes, fugues, and miniatures that Rheinberger composed as a student, his mature craftsmanship and contrapuntal mastery quickly come into focus, fusing the formal rigor of Mendelssohn and Brahms, Franck’s adventurous modulations, and Dvorák’s melodic appeal. Read more Rheinberger’s style remained remarkably consistent, although inspiration goes up and down, sometimes within the same work.

My own preference leans toward the later sonatas, particularly No. 14’s exciting Toccata finale, the expressive simplicity of No. 16’s middle movement, and the “fantasy sonata” No. 17’s uplifting fugue. While individual releases in this cycle have met with mixed reviews over the years, I generally warm to Innig’s fluency, command, and tempo choices. To be sure, the closer engineering and marked contrast of registrations characterizing Wolfgang Rubsam’s 8-disc Naxos cycle primarily devoted to the sonatas and Wolfgang Stockmeier’s CPO series of short pieces might be more attractive and easier on the ear to some listeners. The organ-based label Raven also has released a brilliantly engineered Rheinberger sonata cycle featuring Bruce Stevens’ dazzlingly flamboyant performances on a wide variety of American instruments. Still, Innig often fares well via comparative listening.

Take the Eighth Sonata’s large Passacaglia finale, for example. Rubsam’s leaner timbre befits the music’s inherent grace, but Innig’s generally faster basic tempo imparts more drive and drama to the decorative arpeggiated variations. In the charming and unpretentious Op. 174 Miscellaneen, Stockmeier’s sparse registrations in the Scherzoso give its lyrical inner voices and ländler-like character genial due, whereas Innig’s massive sonorities and rhythmic drive suggest something more intense and larger of scale. By contrast, Stockmeier’s slightly square reading of the eloquent lento Betrachtung cannot compare to Innig’s legato control, subtle rubato, and well contoured phrasing between feet and hands. MDG’s table of contents provides online PDF links to the original booklet notes for each volume, plus specifications for each of the six Swiss organs used for these recordings. If Stevens ultimately warrants first choice for the sonatas, Innig nevertheless deserves serious consideration.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Great Fugue for Organ in F minor, JWV 3 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Fughettas (3) for Organ by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D minor/major, JWV 10 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4.
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E minor, JWV 13 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
5.
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in C minor/major, JWV 16 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
6.
Allegro quasi Andante for Organ in E minor, WoO 25 no 1 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1862; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
7.
Andante for Organ in E major, WoO 25 no 3 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1868; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
8.
Andantino for Organ in G minor, WoO 25 no 4 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1862; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
9.
Con moto for Organ in D major, WoO 25 no 6 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1862; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
10.
Fuga - Allegro amoderato for Organ in C major, WoO 25 no 5 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1868; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
11.
Versets (4) for Organ, JWV 151 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
12.
Sonata for Organ no 1 in C minor, Op. 27 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 26 Secs. 
13.
Vorspiel for Organ in D flat major by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
14.
Maestoso for Organ in F major by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
15.
Andantino for Organ in A major by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
16.
Fughetta for Organ in G major by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
17.
Andante quasi Adagio for Organ in G minor by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
18.
Fugue for Organ in F minor, WoO 10 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
19.
Sonata for Organ no 2 in A flat major, Op. 65 "Fantasie-Sonate" by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 28 Secs. 
20.
Sonata for Organ no 3 in G major, Op. 88 "Pastoral Sonata" by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 26 Secs. 
21.
Sonata for Organ no 4 in A minor, Op. 98 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 22 Secs. 
22.
Trios (10) for Organ in F major, Op. 49 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 33 Secs. 
23.
Trio for Organ, WoO 37 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  St. Maria Church, Schramberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
24.
Sonata for Organ no 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 111 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Stadtkirche Winterhur, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 49 Secs. 
25.
Sonata for Organ no 6 in E flat minor, Op. 119 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Stadtkirche, Winterthur, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 54 Secs. 
26.
Fughettas (12) for Organ, Op. 123b, Book 1 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/17/1999 
Venue:  Stadtkirche, Winterthur, Germany 
Length: 24 Minutes 47 Secs. 
27.
Sonata for Organ no 7 in F minor, Op. 127 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Germany 
28.
Sonata for Organ no 8 in E minor, Op. 132 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Germany 
29.
Fughettas (12) for Organ, Op. 123b, Book 2 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
30.
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in G major: Prelude by Nicolaus Bruhns
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Chur, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
31.
Sonata for Organ no 10 in B minor, Op. 146 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Chur, Germany 
Length: 26 Minutes 48 Secs. 
32.
Sonata for Organ no 9 in B flat minor, Op. 42 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Chur, Germany 
Length: 24 Minutes 45 Secs. 
33.
Adagio non troppo for Organ by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Chur, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
34.
Andante for Organ by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1868; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Chur, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
35.
Sonata for Organ no 11 in D minor, Op. 148 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Germany 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Chur, Switzerland 
36.
Sonata for Organ no 12 in D flat major, Op. 154 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Chur, Switzerland 
37.
Prelude for Organ in C minor, WoO 56 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Germany 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Chur, Switzerland 
38.
Prelude for Organ, WoO 26 no 1 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Germany 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Chur, Switzerland 
39.
O haupt voll Blut und Wunden, WoO 25 no 9 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Germany 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Chur, Switzerland 
40.
Epilogue for Organ, WoO 25 no 7 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Germany 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, Chur, Switzerland 
41.
Sonata for Organ no 13 in E flat major, Op. 161 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  St. Johann, Schaffhausen 
Length: 23 Minutes 40 Secs. 
42.
Character Pieces (12) for Organ, Op. 156 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  St. Johann, Schaffhausen 
Length: 47 Minutes 43 Secs. 
43.
Sonata for Organ no 14 in C major, Op. 165 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Germany 
44.
Monologues (12) for Organ, Op. 162 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
45.
Sonata for Organ no 15 in D major, Op. 168 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
46.
Meditations (12) for Organ, Op. 167 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
47.
Sonata for Organ no 16 in G sharp minor, Op. 175 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 21 Minutes 11 Secs. 
48.
Miscellanies (12) for Organ, Op. 174: no 1, Romance in B major by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
49.
Miscellanies (12) for Organ, Op. 174: no 3, Aufschwung in G flat major by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
50.
Miscellanies (12) for Organ, Op. 174: no 5, Agitato, Non troppo mosso by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
51.
Miscellanies (12) for Organ, Op. 174: no 6, Improvisation in B flat minor by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
52.
Miscellanies (12) for Organ, Op. 174: no 8, Zwiegesang in A major by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
53.
Miscellanies (12) for Organ, Op. 174: no 10, Abendruhe in E major by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
54.
Miscellanies (12) for Organ, Op. 174 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
55.
Miscellanies (12) for Organ, Op. 174: no 2, Scherzo in B minor by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
56.
Miscellanies (12) for Organ, Op. 174: no 7, Ernste Feier by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
57.
Miscellanies (12) for Organ, Op. 174: no 11, Melodia ostinata by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
58.
Miscellanies (12) for Organ, Op. 174: no 4, Betrachtung by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
59.
Miscellanies (12) for Organ, Op. 174: no 9, Ricercare. Allegro by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
60.
Sonata for Organ no 17 in B major, Op. 181 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Venue:  St. Anthony's Church, Zurich, Switzerlan 
61.
Sonata for Organ no 19 in G minor, Op. 193 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Germany 
Venue:  Zürich, Stadtkirche St. Anton 
Length: 27 Minutes 52 Secs. 
62.
Sonata for Organ no 20 in F major, Op. 196 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Germany 
Venue:  Zürich, Stadtkirche St. Anton 
Length: 29 Minutes 12 Secs. 
63.
Canzonetta, for organ, WoO 26/4 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Zürich, Stadtkirche St. Anton 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
64.
Intermezzo, for organ, WoO 26/2 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Zürich, Stadtkirche St. Anton 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
65.
Präludium (Canzonetta), for organ, WoO 77 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Zürich, Stadtkirche St. Anton 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
66.
Trio for organ, WoO 26/6 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Zürich, Stadtkirche St. Anton 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
67.
Singmesse, for organ by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Zürich, Stadtkirche St. Anton 
Length: 11 Minutes 11 Secs. 
68.
Sonata for Organ no 18 in A major, Op. 188 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 
69.
Trios (12) for Organ, Op. 189 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Rudolf Innig (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 

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