Roger Sayer, organ

Mendelssohn: Sonata no. 1 in F minor

Elert: Symphonic fantasia Jesu, meine Freude

Brahms: From eleven Choral preludes op. 22

  1. Mein Jesu, der du mich
  2. Herzliebster Jesu
  3. O Welt, ich muss dich lassen
  4. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele
  5. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen

Reubke: Sonata on the 94th Psalm

German romantic repertoire for the organ is rich and varied, and some of the composers in this programme – Mendelssohn & Bach – need little introduction. Mendelssohn’s first sonata shows a great affinity with Bach whilst Brahms’ Eleven chorale Preludes were his final works, having turned to organ music late in life. Less well known perhaps, though no less impressive, is Karg Elert, whose Symphonic works are exciting and vivid. The Reubke sonata is one of the most remarkable pieces of organ music. A pupil of Liszt, Reubke died at the age of 24 leaving behind a work that is of immense power and maturity.

 

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