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Ritter: Complete Organ Sonatas / Philippi


Release Date: 07/20/1999 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 3200866  
Composer:  August Gottfried Ritter
Performer:  Ursula Philippi
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The present album is a rare find on three counts: it is a complete recording of August Gottfried Ritter’s four organ sonatas, they are performed by Ursula Philippi, the leading German-Romanian artist of our time, and she presents them on her home organ, the monumental romantic Sauer organ in Hermannstadt/Sibiu, Transylvania. During the middle years of the nineteenth century, public enthusiasn for Ritter’s brilliant organ sonatas equaled that with which Sarate’s or Liszt’s concertos were welcomed. These one-movement concert pieces required and still require the highest concentration and technical brilliance from the organist, according to the motto “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.” Ursula Philippi is Transylvania’s top organist. A native of Read more this region of Romania, she was one of the last of many rising young musicians who was able to study organ there. In 1990 she was appointed to an instructorship at the renowned Klausenburg/Cluj Conservatory. Her recording “Transylvanian Organ Landscape” received the German record Critics Prize. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Organ no 1 in D minor, Op. 11 by August Gottfried Ritter
Performer:  Ursula Philippi (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
2.
Sonata for Organ no 2 in E minor, Op. 19 by August Gottfried Ritter
Performer:  Ursula Philippi (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
3.
Sonata for Organ no 3 in A minor, Op. 23 by August Gottfried Ritter
Performer:  Ursula Philippi (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
4.
Sonata for Organ no 4 in A major, Op. 31 by August Gottfried Ritter
Performer:  Ursula Philippi (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 

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