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Ross: Bach, Mendelssohn – The Organ Sonatas (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Hans-Eberhard Roß
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Audite
Release: 2021
Size: 2.69 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

CD 01
01. Organ Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BWV 525: I. Allegro Moderato
02. Organ Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BWV 525: II. Adagio
03. Organ Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BWV 525: III. Allegro
04. Organ Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 65/1: I. Allegro moderato e serioso
05. Organ Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 65/1: II. Adagio
06. Organ Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 65/1: III. Andante recitativo
07. Organ Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 65/1: IV. Allegro assai vivace
08. Organ Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 526: I. Vivace
09. Organ Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 526: II. Largo
10. Organ Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 526: III. Allegro
11. Organ Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 65/2: I. Grave – Adagio
12. Organ Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 65/2: II. Allegro maestoso e vivace
13. Organ Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 65/2: III. Fuga. Allegro moderato
14. Organ Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 527: I. Andante
15. Organ Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 527: II. Adagio e Dolce
16. Organ Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 527: III. Vivace
17. Organ Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 65/3: I. Con moto maestoso
18. Organ Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 65/3: II. Andante tranquillo

CD 02
01. Organ Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, BWV 528: I. Adagio – Vivace
02. Organ Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, BWV 528: II. Andante
03. Organ Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, BWV 528: III. Un poco Allegro
04. Organ Sonata No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 65/4: I. Allegro con brio
05. Organ Sonata No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 65/4: II. Andante religioso
06. Organ Sonata No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 65/4: III. Allegretto
07. Organ Sonata No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 65/4: IV. Allegro maestoso e vivace
08. Organ Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529: I. Allegro
09. Organ Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529: II. Largo
10. Organ Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529: III. Allegro
11. Organ Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 65/5: I. Andante
12. Organ Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 65/5: II. Andante con moto
13. Organ Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 65/5: III. Allegro maestoso
14. Organ Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: I. Vivace
15. Organ Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: II. Lento
16. Organ Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: III. Allegro
17. Organ Sonata No. 6 in D Minor, Op. 65/6: I. Choral
18. Organ Sonata No. 6 in D Minor, Op. 65/6: II. Andante sostenuto
19. Organ Sonata No. 6 in D Minor, Op. 65/6: III. Fuga. Sostenuto e legato
20. Organ Sonata No. 6 in D Minor, Op. 65/6: IV. Finale. Andante

Both JS Bach’s six Trio Sonatas and Mendelssohn’s six Organ Sonatas are conceived as tutorial pieces – an “organ school” – to help attain demanding playing skills at the highest musical level. We know from Bach that he wrote his sonatas for his eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann. Mendelssohn is known to have been familiar with Bach’s sonatas and their pedagogical purpose. He gradually developed his own Organ Sonatas, originally for the English market: they are equal in number to Bach’s sonatas, as well as in their intention as instructive pieces, “a kind of organ school”, as Mendelssohn himself wrote to the publisher. Johann Sebastian Bach composed into his six Trio Sonatas “the sum of all the difficulties that a teacher wants a gifted pupil to master” (Marie-Claire Alain); written between 1727 and 1732, they remain a touchstone for every organistmto this day. A good hundred years later, Mendelssohn created his Organ Sonatas – among other things, the independent and prominent pedal treatment (each movement features a pedal solo) and the frequent playing on several manuals challenge the player in the same spirit