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Mendelssohn: Complete Organ Sonatas / William Whitehead

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65
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Notes & Reviews:

This is the first time an authentic instrument of this period has been used to record Mendelssohn's Six Organ Sonatas. Recently restored, the organ gives an English perspective on this ebullient music which crosses international boundaries of style.

The Telegraph
Recorded in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace , where Mendelssohn himself enthralled Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on several occasions, these six organ sonatas combine piety, grandeur, charming melody and festive display. William Whitehead's consummate performances on the palace's restored early 19th-century Henry Lincoln instrument illuminate variety of sonority as much as the manner in which Mendelssohn, while acknowledging the example of Bach and respecting the Protestant tradition, forged music of sumptuous, romantic lustre.

BBC Music Magazine
Whitehead need not apologise for the apparent perversity of trying to recreate the frustrating performing conditions Mendelssohn would have found on his British tours... his immaculately articulated playing and musical imagination draws sounds, and an interpretation, which we may confidently imagine to be as authentic as it comes.

Gramophone Magazine
... is noble playing of the highest order.



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65
  • Performer: William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Notes: The Ballroom, Buckingham Palace, London (04/15/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 15 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/28/1844

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65
  • Performer: William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Notes: The Ballroom, Buckingham Palace, London (04/15/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/21/1844

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65
  • Performer: William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Notes: The Ballroom, Buckingham Palace, London (04/15/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/17/1844

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65
  • Performer: William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Notes: The Ballroom, Buckingham Palace, London (04/15/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/02/1845

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65
  • Performer: William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Notes: The Ballroom, Buckingham Palace, London (04/15/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/09/1844

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65
  • Performer: William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Notes: The Ballroom, Buckingham Palace, London (04/15/2009-04/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/27/1845