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Mendelssohn: Organ Sonatas / Stephen Tharp


Release Date: 04/08/1997 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553583   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Stephen Tharp
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

REVIEWS:
American Record Guide (11-12/97, p.156) - "...It is as if a mere reading
of the notes on the page in metronomic precision qualifies as a
performance. The result is enough to make one hate Mendelssohn organ
works..."
REVIEWS:
American Record Guide (11-12/97, p.156) - "...It is as if a mere reading
of the notes on the page in metronomic precision qualifies as a
performance. The result is enough to make one hate Mendelssohn organ
works..." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 1 in F minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Stephen Tharp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Clement's Church, Chicago, Illinois 
2.
Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 2 in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Stephen Tharp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Clement's Church, Chicago, Illinois 
3.
Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 3 in A major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Stephen Tharp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Clement's Church, Chicago, Illinois 
4.
Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 4 in B flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Stephen Tharp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Clement's Church, Chicago, Illinois 
5.
Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 5 in D major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Stephen Tharp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Clement's Church, Chicago, Illinois 
6.
Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 6 in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Stephen Tharp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Clement's Church, Chicago, Illinois 

Sound Samples

Organ Sonata in F major, Op. 65, No. 1: I. Allegro moderato e serioso
Organ Sonata in F major, Op. 65, No. 1: II. Adagio
Organ Sonata in F major, Op. 65, No. 1: III. Andante Recitativo: Allegro assai vivace
Organ Sonata in C minor, Op. 65, No. 2: I. Grave: Adagio
Organ Sonata in C minor, Op. 65, No. 2: II. Allegro maestoso e vivace
Organ Sonata in C minor, Op. 65, No. 2: III. Fuga: Allegro moderato
Sonata Movement in G minor: I. Con moto maestoso
Sonata Movement in G minor: II. Andante tranquillo
Organ Sonata in B flat major, Op. 65, No. 4: I. Allegro con brio
Organ Sonata in B flat major, Op. 65, No. 4: II. Andante religioso
Organ Sonata in B flat major, Op. 65, No. 4: III. Allegretto
Organ Sonata in B flat major, Op. 65, No. 4: IV. Allegro maestoso
Organ Sonata in D major, Op. 65, No. 5: I. Andante
Organ Sonata in D major, Op. 65, No. 5: II. Andante con moto
Organ Sonata in D major, Op. 65, No. 5: III. Allegro
Organ Sonata in D minor, Op. 65, No. 6: I. Chorale and Variations: Andante sostenuto
Organ Sonata in D minor, Op. 65, No. 6: II. Allegro molto
Organ Sonata in D minor, Op. 65, No. 6: III. Fuga
Organ Sonata in D minor, Op. 65, No. 6: IV. Finale: Andante

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Welcomed Addition to My Organ Collection February 28, 2013 By Wil L W. (Richwood, TX) See All My Reviews "The organ playing and sound are both good along with the low Naxos price tag. I consider this CD a good introduction to Mendelssohn's organ works. I'm pleased to have this addition to my collection. Recommended to those wanting to get acquainted." Report Abuse
 comment April 30, 2012 By Jonathan H. (Culpeper, VA) See All My Reviews "To comment on the review from the "American Record Guide" - I don't think this reviewer was the right person to do the review. Some people like literal views on music. If that's not the reviewer's preference, just one more reason they aren't cut out for reviewing. A good reviewer can find something good in whatever they listen to - and help listeners to appreciate what they might gain from the music by hearing a particular version. Recordings aren't a perfect thing, there is no definitive version. You only learn more by listening to as many versions as possible, and even then, you will never understand the music completely. To say you don't like it, is easy and lazy, and doesn't mean a thing to anyone else." Report Abuse
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