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Organ Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 65/5

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Uploaded by: sanden (04/30/20)
Composer: Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix
Sample Set: AVO - Lutheran Fehervar Organ
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Romantic
The Organ Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 65, No. 5, certainly didn't escape the wringer of revision. Again he grew dissatisfied with one of the piece's movements and threw it out, but this time he didn't think it needed replacing -- and thus a four-movement work suddenly woke up and found itself truncated to three.
As it stands in its final form, the Organ Sonata No. 5 contains the following movements: Andante - Andante con moto - Allegro maestoso. The extra movement was not destroyed, and it is sometimes played as an independent work. It is, in fact, little more than a reworking of the music from the first movement, and it, too, carries the marking Andante; perhaps it was the super-abundance of andante movements in the sonata (75 percent is pretty heavy) that prompted Mendelssohn to eliminate one of them!
The opening Andante is a chorale, completely homophonic in texture, plainly but healthily laid out almost exclusively in half notes. The following movement, which proceeds from the first movement's D major down to B minor, is by contrast all motion and flexibility -- especially the leggiero bass line. The third and, as it turned out, final movement puts the organ's long-revered capacities for splendorous, exuberant brilliance on show.

A preview of the latest AVO Sample Set. You will soon find it on the website. This is a test of this Hungarian organ. It seems very good to me. Six channel surround version, with my addition of reverb with Audacity software.
This is an intimate version, on a small organ.
Soon, a version with the majestic Walcker organ from Doesburg.
Choose the one you like best.

- in Attahments the Six Sonatas by Mendelssohn Ed. Peters
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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