Merkel: Organ Music

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Merkel: Organ Music

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21st April 2017




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Merkel: Organ Music


Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 42

Choralvorspiel 'Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele'

Sonate No. 6 in E minor, Op. 137

Choralvorspiel 'Nun sich der Tag'

Carlo Guandalino (organ of the Cathedral of Thiene, Vicenza, Italy)



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Gustav Adolf Merkel (1827‐1885) was a German Romantic composer, mainly for his own instrument, the organ. He completed his studies in Dresden, where he staid till his death as organist and teacher. He also had lessons with Robert Schumann in Leipzig.

Merkel’s style is strongly influenced by Baroque counterpoint, notably by Johann Sebastian Bach, which he incorporated in the romantic idiom of his time, with its warm harmonies and long melodic lines.

On this new recording we hear two of his Organ Sonatas, large‐scale 4‐movement works, of which the number 6, “Choral‐Sonata” is the most famous.

Italian organist Carlo Guandalino plays the magnificent organ of the Cathedral of Thiene (Vicenza, Italy), restored by the famous organ builder Zanin, the specifications of which are included in the booklet.

Guandalino’s affinity with the German Romantic repertoire was already apparent in his recording of organ music by Rheinberger (BC95466).

Gustav Adolf Merkel: Organ Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 42

I. Maestoso

II. Adagio

III. Introduction - Fugue

Gustav Adolf Merkel: Choralvorspiel, WoO 5, "Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele"

Choralvorspiel, WoO 5, "Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele"

Gustav Adolf Merkel: Organ Sonata No. 6 in E Minor, Op. 137

I. Grave - Moderato

II. Adagio molto

III. Introduction

IV. Poco moderato

Gustav Adolf Merkel: Choralvorspiel, "Nun sich der Tag"

Choralvorspiel, "Nun sich der Tag"

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