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Joseph Rheinberger (1839‐1901) was a German romantic composer of mainly works for the organ, his own instrument. He was one of the leading figures in the “Cecilian Movement” which, in a world of increasing secularization, propagated the return to religious values of the past, expressing itself in a renewed interest in Gothic architecture and polyphony.
Rheinberger’s organ works are a happy blend of the Romantic spirit of his time and a healthy dose of polyphony and counterpoint, in this he was a worthy successor of Felix Mendelssohn.
These newly recorded two CD’s are presented his popular 4th Organ Sonata, Ten Trios Op. 49 and the beautiful “12 Character Pieces” Op. 156.
Italian organist Carlo Guandalino plays the organ in San Michelle delle Badese, a magnificent organ inspired by the romantic and symphonic German organ building, with 30 registers and 1885 pipes.
The booklet contains liner notes in English and Italian, as well the specifications and photo of the organ.
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger: Organ Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 98
I. (Tempo moderato)
III. Fuga cromatica
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger: 10 Trios, Op. 49
No. 1. Andante
No. 2. Moderato
No. 3. Adagio
No. 4. Allegretto
No. 5. Con moto
No. 6. Alla breve
No. 7. Andantino
No. 8. Adagio non troppo
No. 9. Moderato
No. 10. Andante molto
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger: Organ Sonata No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 132
Organ Sonata No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 132: IV. Passacaglia
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger: 12 Character Pieces, Op. 156