Anders Eidsten Dahl

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ORGAN SONATAS A LA MENDELSSOHN One automatically associates “Mendelssohn“ and “organ” with weddings and elegant organ processionals on festive occasions. Yet Mendelssohn’s contribution to the organ repertoire is infinitely greater than an organ arrangement of a wedding march from one of his orchestral works. That Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s (1809-1847) list of works for solo organ is not large makes it all the more important. In particular, his six organ sonatas have had enormous influence on the development of the organ repertoire from the mid-1800s up to Max Reger’s compositions around 1900. The works have significant musical qualities and have been played by organists throughout the world since their publication in 1845. It was important for the development of organ literature that Mendelssohn — one of the major composers of the first half of the nineteenth century — prioritized writing music for solo organ. On this double CD, “Mendelssohn and the Organ Sonata”, organist Anders Eidsten Dahl not only offers the listener his interpretations of the six organ sonatas, but also illuminates the process that led to the final result. The album follows Mendelssohn’s work on the six sonatas, reveals the musical material with which he began and which he revised in the process and later rejected or approved, and it shows how the individual movements gradually found their final form. The sonatas comprise a total of 19 movements, but Mendelssohn had at one point 28 movements to choose from. The nine movements excluded from the six sonatas are seldom performed and have received little attention to date. But the works have equally good qualities as the movements that were selected. By including the “left over” nine movements with the six sonatas, the recording shows Mendelssohn’s creative process that led to the final result, and features seldom heard organ music as well. The new organ in Sofienberg Church was built by Hermann Eule Orgelbau and is inspired by the sound of German organs of the nineteenth century. As a new instrument, it is unique in a Norwegian context and adds an extra dimension to performances of music from this epoch. REVIEWS «Dahl’s playing is robust in the strong, energetic music and delicately lyrical and expressive in the Lieder ohne Worte-like andantes. [...] A strong contender against other first-rate recordings.» Malcolm Riley – Gramophone, mars 2017 review_LWC1108_Gramophone.pdf «[...] in the strongest pieces (including the First and Sixth Sonatas) the Norwegian organist makes the most of this material, playing with a feeling for the idiom that is authentically sober yet musically stirring.» John Allison – BBC Music Magazine, april 2017 review_LWC1108_BBCmusicmagazine1.pdf review_LWC1108_BBCmusicmagazine2.pdf «[...] there is a transparent sound, clear articulation and emphasis on the baroque structure of this music without extra romanticizing. [...] The acoustics of the church is not very large, but because of that the music comes pretty direct and detailed out of the speakers.» Joost van Beek – Orgelnieuws, 22.03.17 review_LWC1108_orgelnieuws.pdf «Some of my favourite music! Very much enjoyed.» The Organ Club Journal, nr. 1 2017 review_LWC1108_organclub_journal.pdf «Dahl is evidently an intelligent organist and interpreter. While choosing tempos that allow all six sonatas to be accommodated on a single disc he never sounds hurried, giving the sense of a thoughtful performer. [...] His excellent booklet notes only add to the enjoyment of these discs. [...] My wish is that Lawo gives Dahl the opportunity to record the rest of the Mendelssohn organ works in Sofienberg Church, as I for one would invest.» Stuart Sillitoe – MusicWeb International, mars 2017 review_LWC1108_musicwebinternational.pdf «Eidsten Dahl renders Wm. A. Little’s scholarly edition with gravitas while carefully releasing plenty of energy in the flowing lines of Mendelssohn’s dramatic fugues.» Rupert Gough – Choir and Organ, april 2017 review_LWC1108_Choir_and_organ.pdf
Bonus content included for FREE with purchase of complete release:  Booklet (PDF)

Disc 1

1. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 1: I. Allegro moderato e serioso 00:05:54 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 1: II. Adagio 00:02:49 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
Producers Vegard Landaas
3. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 1: III. Andante recitativo 00:02:38 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 1: IV. Allegro assai 00:03:12 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 2: I. Grave 00:01:28 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
Producers Vegard Landaas
6. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 2: I. Adagio 00:02:44 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
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7. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 2: II. Allegro maestoso e vivace 00:02:13 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
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8. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 2: III. Fuga Allegro moderato 00:03:48 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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9. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 3: I. Con moto maestoso 00:07:32 1.80 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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10. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 3: II. Andante tranquillo 00:02:10 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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11. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 4: I. Allegro con brio 00:03:39 1.50 USD
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Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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12. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 4: II. Andante religioso 00:02:05 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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13. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 4: III. Allegretto 00:03:48 1.50 USD
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Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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14. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 4: IV. Allegro maestoso e vivace 00:03:53 1.50 USD
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Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
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15. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 5: I. Andante 00:01:18 1.50 USD
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Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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16. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 5: II. Andante con moto 00:02:34 1.50 USD
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Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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17. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 5: III. Allegro maestoso 00:04:21 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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18. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 6: I. Choral - Andante sostenuto - Allegro Molto 00:08:36 1.80 USD
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Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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19. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 6: II. Fuga 00:02:28 1.50 USD
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Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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20. Six Organ Sonatas Op. 65: Sonata 6: III. Finale - Andante 00:02:27 1.50 USD
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Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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Disc 2

1. Nine pieces without opus numbers: Allegro in B-flat major 00:02:54 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. Nine pieces without opus numbers: Allegretto in D minor 00:02:16 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
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3. Nine pieces without opus numbers: Allegro moderato maestoso in C major 00:02:16 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. Nine pieces without opus numbers: Fugue in F minor - Andate sostenuto 00:04:34 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. Nine pieces without opus numbers: Andante in F major 00:02:53 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
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6. Nine pieces without opus numbers: Fugue in B-flat major 00:03:32 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
Producers Vegard Landaas
7. Nine pieces without opus numbers: Allegro, Choral and Fugue in D minor/D major 00:07:39 1.80 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
Producers Vegard Landaas
8. Nine pieces without opus numbers: Andante and Variations in D major 00:05:11 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
Producers Vegard Landaas
9. Nine pieces without opus numbers: Nachspiel in D major 00:04:57 1.50 USD
Main artist Anders Eidsten Dahl
Composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Performers Anders Eidsten Dahl
Producers Vegard Landaas