Merkel - Organ Music
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95287
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 21st April 2017
WorksChorale prelude 'Nun sich der Tag'
Chorale prelude 'Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele'
Sonata no.2 in G minor, op.42
Sonata no.6 in E minor, op.137
ArtistsCarlo Guandalino (organ)
His music is deeply rooted in the rich traditions of his native Saxony: hardly even Romantic in terms of harmony, looking more towards the Classical masters, or at most neoclassical Mendelssohn. On this recording Carlo Guandolino plays the Second (in G minor) and Sixth (E minor) Sonatas, interspersed with chorale preludes on Schmücke dich and Nun sich der Tag. Both sonatas have an imposingly Gothic introduction with Bachian harmonies and a flowing, main contrapuntal movement. Both sonatas then feature a long, meditative Adagio; the Second concludes with a superbly organised, dramatically structured double fugue (i.e. with two themes alternating and then combining in thrilling counterpoint), and the Sixth finishes with a grand apotheosis on the chorale themes which have dominated its melodic construction throughout.
According to MusicWeb International, ‘Carlo Guandalino delivers a very fine performance’ of the organ music of Zipoli on a previous Brilliant Classics release (BC95212), which is complemented by his previous foray into the German Romantic repertoire, an album of organ music by Joseph Rheinberger (BC95466) including the well‐known Fourth Organ Sonata in A minor. For this recording of Merkel he plays the organ of Thiene Cathedral in the city of Vicenza, fully restored by the Italian firm of Zanin which is among the country’s leading organ‐builders. The booklet includes full organ specifications and an essay on Merkel by Carlo Guandalino.
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