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Felix Mendelssohn: Preludes and Fugues, Opp. 37 and 35 / Adam Lenart, organ

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  1. Mendelssohn — 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: I. Prelude in E Minor (Arranged for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Mendelssohn — 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: II. Fugue in E Minor (Arranged for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Mendelssohn — 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: III. Prelude in D Major (Arranged for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Mendelssohn — 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: VI. Fugue D Major (Arranged for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Mendelssohn — 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: V. Prelude B Minor (Arranged for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Mendelssohn — 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35:: VI. Fugue B Minor (Arranged for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Mendelssohn — 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: VII. Prelude in a-Flat Major (Arranged for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Mendelssohn — 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: VIII. Fugue in a-Flat Major (Arranged for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Mendelssohn — 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: IX. Prelude in F Minor (Arranged for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Mendelssohn — 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: X. Fugue in F Minor (Arranged for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Mendelssohn — 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: XI. Prelude in B-Flat Major (Arranged for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Mendelssohn — 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: XII. Fugue in B-Flat Major (Arranged for Organ) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Mendelssohn — 3 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 37: I. Prelude in C Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Mendelssohn — 3 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 37: II. Fugue in C Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Mendelssohn — 3 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 37: III. Prelude in G Major $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Mendelssohn — 3 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 37: VI. Fugue in G Major $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Mendelssohn — 3 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 37: V. Prelude in D Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Mendelssohn — 3 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 37: 6. Fugue in D Minor $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Preludes & Fugues (6) for piano, Op. 35
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Preludes & Fugues (3) for organ, Op. 37
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Notes & Reviews:

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy composed six pairs of preludes and fugues for the piano. Adam Lenart's transfer of this magnificent music to the organ has produced astonishing gains - as his new recording at the Paschen organ in the Martin Luther Church in Detmold impressively demonstrates. He also performs the three Preludes and Fugues for Organ op. 37, pieces with which the young organist himself clearly signaled the similar character of the two cycles.

The Prelude and Fugue in E minor, the first pair of op. 35, profit extraordinarily from their new sound guise: the mighty intensification by way of which the fugue proceeds into a chorale borne by massive bass octaves develops an absolutely incredible suggestive power on the organ - as if originally intended for this instrument. The Prelude in D major was composed in the manner of a baroque trio sonata - and thus seems predestined for interpretation on the organ.

Mendelssohn occupied himself intensively with Bach's music throughout his life. He often borrowed from his great model but without ever playing down his high-romantic environment. In this way he developed an entirely new musical language to which later composers - first among them, Johannes Brahms - could later return.

The works make for a genuinely overpowering experience when heard in opulent 2+2+2 sound. The queen of instruments towers up majestically in this virtual space, and refined registrations produce the finest tonal nuances offered by the German romantic style. Moreover, the organist plays with nonstop drive and vigor. Everything adds up to a recording that is both an audiophile delight and a gripping listening experience.

MusicWeb International, 17th June 2013
Lenart has kept "strictly to Mendelssohn's original text", though of course using the stops, pedals and other advantages of the organ to make these pieces into effective organ works.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Martin-Luther-Kirche Detmold (08/25/2012-08/26/2012).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Preludes & Fugues (6) for piano, Op. 35
  • Performer: Adam Lenart (Organ)
  • Notes: Martin-Luther-Kirche Detmold (08/25/2012-08/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Preludes & Fugues (3) for organ, Op. 37
  • Performer: Adam Lenart (Organ)
  • Notes: Martin-Luther-Kirche Detmold (08/25/2012-08/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic