Mendelssohn: Preludes & Fugues - Schoener
MDG Scene 949 2096-6
Classical - Instrumental
Mendelssohn: Preludes & Fugues, Op. 35, Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Funeral March from Song Without Words
Christoph Schoener (organ of St. Michaelis-Church Hamburg)
A total of four organs group themselves around the listener in three dimensions in St. Michael’s Church in Hamburg, and all four instruments are spectacularly employed on this Super Audio CD. Church music director Christoph Schoener has designed a very special program for the organs in his workplace: music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy that has never been heard before in just this way. Schoener pulls all the stops on the central console and covers a spectrum ranging from the complete late-romantic forces of the entire organ system to the filigree murmuring of individual tone colors. A special treat: a solo for the echo organ installed high above in the ceiling sphere!
The Six Preludes and Fugues op. 35 forming the focus here, though originally intended for the piano, create a phenomenal impression on the massive St. Michael’s organ in this arrangement by Christoph Bossert. After all, it was Mendelssohn, who after the organ’s Viennese classical “dry spell,” supported the rehabilitation of this instrument. Accordingly, numerous piano pieces by him are ideally suited for transfers into the organ’s much mightier sound dimension.
Schoener is really able to give his all in the “Funeral March,” for which Sigfrid Karg-Elert rather freely combined two piano pieces by Mendelssohn. “Pomposo e grave” is encountered along the way as a playing instruction – and how fine it is that the echo organ has a booming tuba stop! This makes the organist’s heart beat a tierce higher – and audiophile music fans will rave about the tones that are indeed heard flowing down from the rosette in the ceiling vault on this Super Audio CD 3-D recording!
Things get underway with the so very famous “Wedding March” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Even if many a bride and groom have entered many a church to this music, on this 3-D 2+2+2 recording it is as if the listener – in this acoustic situation – could reach out and embrace the bride right here and now. Whether a “Song without Words,” a lovingly supplied fragment, or a “Theme with Variations,” this Mendelssohn recording is a perfect complement to the Bach, Brahms, and Reger editions with which Christoph Schoener has brought delight to the organ world – and beyond!
- Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: 6 Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words, Book 8), MWV U 152/162/172/190/194/196 Op. 102
- Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: 6 Preludes and Fugues, MWV U 66/91/105/106/108/116/122/126/128/129/131/135 Op. 35
- Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Ein Sommernachtstraum) - Incidental music, MWV M 13 Op. 61