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Liszt, Reubke, Mendelssohn: Organ Works / Stephen Cleobury, organ

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Fantasie & Fuge über den Choral "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam", for organ, S. 259 (LW E1)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65
>Reubke, Julius : Sonata for Organ in C minor "94th Psalm"
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Notes & Reviews:

This album brings together the first ever surround sound recordings of the great Harrison & Harrison organ set within the chapel of King's College, Cambridge. Performing three popular virtuosic works for the organ, Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music at King's College, demonstrates the power and flexibility of this great instrument. Originally built in the 19th century to replace an earlier instrument, the organ has been modernised several times and is due for a major renovation in 2016. This is the first time the organ has been recorded in surround sound, capturing the unique and famous acoustics of the chapel. Beginning with Liszt's dark-hued Fantasie und Fuge über den choral "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam", this piece is based on a theme from Act 1 of Meyerbeer's grand opera Le Prophète. At almost 30 minutes, this is a work of three sections: the Fantasy, Adagio and Fugue. Julius Reubke's magnificently gothic Organ Sonata on the 94th Psalm explores the theme of judgement. Considered one of the pinnacles of Romantic repertoire, and thought to have been inspired by Liszt's Fantasie und Fuge über den choral, this piece is a test of both the organ's versatility and the player's pedal technique. The album concludes with Mendelssohn's Organ Sonata No. 6 in D minor. Based on Bach's chorale Vater unser im Himmelreich, this piece demonstrates Mendelssohn's consummate mastery of organ textures.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of King's College, Cambridge (05/21/2013-05/23/2013).



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>Liszt, Franz : Fantasie & Fuge über den Choral "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam", for organ, S. 259 (LW E1)
  • Performer: Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of King's College, Cambridge (05/21/2013-05/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65
  • Performer: Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of King's College, Cambridge (05/21/2013-05/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/27/1845

>Reubke, Julius : Sonata for Organ in C minor "94th Psalm"
  • Performer: Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of King's College, Cambridge (05/21/2013-05/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857