Rheinberger: Organ Music

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Rheinberger: Organ Music

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24th Feb 2017




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Rheinberger: Organ Music


Organ Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 98

10 Trios, Op. 49, Nos. 1-5

10 Trios, Op. 49, Nos. 6-10

Organ Sonata No. 8 in E minor, Op. 132: Passacaglia

12 Charakterstücke

Carlo Guandalino (organ)

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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)

II. Intermezzo

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

No. 1. Praeludium in C Minor

No. 2. Romance in E-Flat Major

No. 3. Canzonetta in A-Flat Major

No. 4. Intermezzo in F-Sharp Minor

No. 5. Vision in D-Flat Major

No. 6. Duet in F Major

No. 7. In Memoriam in A Minor

No. 8. Pastorale in G Major

No. 9. Lament in B Minor

No. 10. Evening Peace in D Major

No. 11. Passacaglia in E Minor

No. 12. Funeral March in B-Flat Minor

Choir & Organ

July 2017


“[Rheinberger] was the master of melody, and it is so good to have an instrument where the top line sings with such charm and authority. The new Alessio Lucato organ is perfectly voiced for this music and Guandalino plays with winning affection for the repertoire.”

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