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RHEINBERGER, J.G.: Organ Works, Vol. 6 (Rubsam)

Composer(s):Rheinberger, Joseph Gabriel
Artist(s) Rubsam, Wolfgang, organ
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570313
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Although Rheinberger was successful during his lifetime in a variety of genres, he is remembered today largely for his demanding organ works, which comprise twenty sonatas and twenty-two trios. The sonatas are composed in a big, bold and virtuosic style and are considered among the major works composed for the instrument in the nineteenth century.

“...there are many organ enthusiasts whose concern for stylistic fidelity is less than their enjoyment of the sensuous sounds from organs that are grand and loud. For them this recording is a must-buy. This 72-stop, four-manual organ built by the Rieger firm is magnificent.” American Record Guide on Volume 3 (8.554549).


Review By David Denton,Naxos,January 2008

They say all good things are worth waiting for, and Naxos are certainly taking their time over this on-going series of Rheinberger’s organ works, the only part of his vast output that still remains in the repertoire. He was one of life’s gifted prodigies who was appointed organist of his local church at the age of 4. Trained at the Munich Conservatoire at the age of 13, he later destroyed all of the music composed before he was twenty. His early career was more slanted to conducting and teaching, returning at the age of 28 to the Conservatoire as composition teacher, a post that he held until his death in 1901 at the age of 62. Composed in the early 1890’s, the Fourteenth, Fifteenth and Sixteenth Organ Sonatas have a complexity of texture that more....


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