Magazine article The Tracker

Rheinberger Organ Sonatas

Magazine article The Tracker

Rheinberger Organ Sonatas

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Rheinberger Organ Sonatas, Volume 5, Sonatas 9, 13, & 7, Bruce Stevens, organist, Raven OAR 993. With Volume 5, Bruce Stevens is nearing the end of his endeavor to record all 20 Rheinberger organ sonatas. According to my count, only Sonatas 1, io, 14, 15, and 18 remain. Volume 5 maintains the extremely high quality of playing, appropriate instruments, recording engineering, and packaging present from the beginning of the project. As usual with Raven CDs, there is a handsome booklet with a thoughtful essay on the music, descriptions and stoplists of the organs used, and opening registrations for each movement.

For Volume 5, Stevens has chosen two Hook organs and one Jardine. Sonata 9 is recorded on the i860, E. & G.G.Hook, Opus 288, organ at Saint John's R.C. Church in Bangor, Maine. The 1898, Geo. Jardine & Sons, Opus 1248, in Saint Peter's R.C. Church, Haverstraw, N.Y., is the vehicle for Sonata 13. The Andover Organ Company's relocation of E. …

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